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$100M Solution to Change the World: The Impact Genome Project

Jason Saul | Posted 08.11.2016 | Impact
Jason Saul

In the U.S. today, we invest over $6T/year in solutions to social problems.  We fund thousands of social programs and charities, but we don't know which interventions work the best.  We're spending billions on evaluation, but we're not systematically learning why some programs work and others don't.

New Evidence On How Money Shapes America's Elections

Lynn Parramore | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

Even today, many academics and pundits still insist that money matters less to political outcomes than ordinary citizens think, even as business executives throw down mind-boggling sums to dine with politicians and Super Pacs spring up like mushrooms.

Listening To Pornhub's Audio Erotica In Public Made Me A Sexual Populist

Inverse | Posted 07.05.2016 | Technology

The goal is to provide a product for the visually impaired, and DA is successful in that regard. But it also does something else: It allows for private porn consumption in public.

The Decision Not to Furl the Confederate Flag in My Classroom

Karyn Amira | Posted 06.03.2016 | Education
Karyn Amira

Right before the 2014 holiday season while in the final throes of my PhD program I was offered a job as an Assistant Professor at the College of Charl...

The Reduction of Ego-Depletion

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 03.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Christopher J. Ferguson

Rather than a BIG THING that happens to everyone, ego-depletion may be a small thing that MIGHT happen to SOME people (but NOT many others), SOMETIMES, under the right conditions, but NOT others.

Tired of Small Talk? Try Medium Talk.

Science of Us | Posted 02.19.2017 | Healthy Living
Science of Us

When the connection between you and the other person is tenuous, as it was between myself and this woman, both parties know there's a pretty good chance this will be the only conversation the two will ever have with one another. You will meet, talk briefly about your jobs or the weather, part ways, and then, in the long run, live the rest of your lives and die without ever speaking again.

How to Know if Someone Loves You (If You Have Access to an MRI Machine)

Inverse | Posted 01.12.2017 | Weird News

This article originally appeared on Inverse. By Sarah Sloat A wise Shakespeare mug once said that "love is merely madness" and when you're in the ...

A Waiter's Size Determines How Much You Eat

Inverse | Posted 01.12.2017 | Taste

This article originally appeared on Inverse. By Ian Stark The width of your waiter can determine how much you end up ordering in a restaurant, a c...

How The Terrible Star Wars Prequels Actually Saved And Intensified A Fandom

Troy Campbell | Posted 12.10.2016 | Entertainment
Troy Campbell

There is no question that the Star Wars of the 1990s and 2000s were bad if not terrible. However, you might love Star Wars more today because those movies exist. And you may even love Star Wars more directly because those movies were terrible.

Scientists Reveal The Secret Key To Charisma

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 12.05.2015 | Science

Scientists may have just have figured out how charisma -- that indefinable quality of people who can captivate a room -- works. Charisma may rely on ...

Want To Be Happy? Make Your Relationships Exceptional

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 11.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

The results are now in -- and they confirm decades of research showing that if you want to be happier, then you should focus on the quality of your relationships.

Breaking News: Money Helps the Poor!

Elisabeth Mason | Posted 11.09.2016 | Impact
Elisabeth Mason

Poverty is a fluid condition which millions of Americans experience from year to year. Many fall into it, many climb out of it; some persist in it. The idea that there's nothing we can do to put a real dent in poverty is as ridiculous as it is dangerous.

Why Americans Struggle To Be Happy

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 11.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

Some recent studies have found a paradox: The pursuit of happiness tends to make individual Americans unhappy. Did the Founding Fathers set us up for failure?

Being Sarcastic May Make You More Creative

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 11.05.2015 | Science

An international team of researchers is agreeing with Oscar Wilde, who once called sarcasm "the highest form of intelligence," and for good reason. It...

Making Adult Friends Is Easier Than We Think, Harder Than It Should Be

Inverse | Posted 10.02.2016 | Healthy Living

The internet isn't turning us into lonely hermits, but unlike say in elementary school, you're not necessarily going to be friends with people just because you may see them everyday.

3 Sure-Fire Ways to Undermine Your Leadership Integrity

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.26.2016 | Business
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

When you possess leadership integrity, people trust your decisions. They understand you have a vision, and because of your positive influence they take ownership in the plan, the process and the product.

In Defense of Ethnography

Paul Stoller | Posted 08.23.2016 | College
Paul Stoller

In these troubled times in which inhumane global forces threaten our future, we need that ethnographic depth of understanding both to recognize our human fragility and marvel at our social resilience.

5 Ways Leaders Survive Election Season at Work

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.18.2016 | Business
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Yes, election season is upon us, and believe it or not, it is possible to survive election cycles with your leadership integrity and the trust of your team intact. Use these five practical tips to avoid sabotaging your team's success with your own personal political biases.

Mental Illness, Societal Oppression, and My Rebuttal to Bruce Levine

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.13.2016 | Healthy Living
J Nelson Aviance

In a recent piece posted on, Bruce E. Levine made the bold statement that: For nearly two decades, Big Pharma commercials have falsely tol...

Racist Violence and Social Science

Chip Berlet | Posted 06.25.2016 | Politics
Chip Berlet

Right-wing hate groups do not cause prejudice in the United States -- they exploit it. What we clearly see as objectionable bigotry surfacing in Extreme Right movements, is actually the magnified form of oppressions that swim silently in the familiar yet obscured eddies of "mainstream" society.

Policing Privacy in the Age of Surveillance

Alison Novak | Posted 06.10.2016 | Technology
Alison Novak

Instead of debating the artifact of police body cameras, it may be more valuable to answer the following: If we live in a world of accepting surveillance as a part of normal 21st century life, what does this then mean for police body cameras?

The Blind Spot: Uncovering the Grammar of the Social Field

Otto Scharmer | Posted 06.06.2016 | Science
Otto Scharmer

The intention of this paper is to uncover the grammar of the social field -- the key variables that make it possible for the operating logics and modes (states and stages) of a social field to shift.

Big Thinkers for Today's Big Problems: Celebrating the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Fellows

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 06.22.2015 | College
Carnegie Corporation of New York

Thirty-two of the country's best and brightest have just been named to the inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows -- scholars (many of them emerging scholars), journalists, and authors. Their charge: to provide important new perspectives on current and future challenges to American democracy and international order.

Nine Historical Polling Results That Might Surprise You

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

As a snapshot of public attitudes at a particular moment in time, polls can bring history to life - and sometimes shake current perceptions of what people believed in the past.

The Emerging Corporate Control of Social Science Knowledge

Nathan Newman | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Nathan Newman

Big data is shifting power over our idea of the social not just from the theorists and qualitative researchers to the data scientists, but also from academic social scientists to research labs controlled by corporations.