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Why Americans Struggle To Be Happy

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 11.09.2015 | 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?

The Case for Philosophy in America's High Schools -- Part 4: The Social Sciences as Ad Hominem

Frank Breslin | Posted 10.19.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

I am not making a case in this article for modern or traditional thought, the existence of the gods, the origin of religion or the afterlife. I am simply pointing out that attempts to refute such beliefs with fallacies are doomed to failure by their providing psychological/sociological answers to what are essentially philosophical questions.

The Muslim World Needs Social Scientists Who Know the Islamic Tradition

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 05.22.2015 | World
Muqtedar Khan

Social sciences have also added Islamic studies to their realm and have developed a more nuanced, more sophisticated and even empowering vision of Islam by critiquing and building upon traditional Islamic sciences.

Species Not The Only Things Facing Extinction

| Emily Underwood | Posted 09.05.2014 | Science

A different tongue dies approximately every 2 weeks.

A 2014 Challenge for the Social Sciences

Paul Stoller | Posted 03.18.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

Social scientists are living in increasingly challenging times. In states like North Carolina there is a politically driven movement to dump the "irrelevant" and "unproductive" social sciences and humanities into the academic dustbin. What can be done to salvage the liberal arts?

Making It Win-Win

Robert Borofsky | Posted 12.28.2013 | College
Robert Borofsky

The Faculty Media Impact Project shows the means to do this are in our hands now. All that stands between us and a win-win situation is our willingness to think in new, holistic ways about how not only to advance science, but to advance public understanding.

Drones Over the Faculty Lounge

Patricia McGuire | Posted 11.04.2013 | Comedy
Patricia McGuire

A secret memo left on the counter of the Starbucks on Capitol Hill maps out the federal government's real plan to "shake up" higher education. Reading between the stains of a venti/halfskim/halfsoy/halfcaf/doubleshot latte, here are the salient points

Science Hoaxer Blasts Paper Over Bogus Math

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 07.19.2013 | Science

Physicist Alan Sokal made headlines in 1996 when he perpetrated a hoax on a prestigious sociology journal, filling an article with scientific mumbo-ju...

Like a Bad Cough: Why Austerity Economics Lingers

Steven Conn | Posted 07.28.2013 | Business
Steven Conn

Despite the disgrace in which the case for austerity economics now resides, it is unlikely that politicians and policy-makers, either in Europe or in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, will change course anytime soon.

The Folly of Defunding Social Science

Scott Atran | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Scott Atran

The Founding Fathers envisioned a Republic with an enlightened citizenry educated in "all philosophical Experiments that Light into the Nature of Things ... and multiply the Conveniences or Pleasures of Life" -- not just technical training for jobs that pay well.

The Value of Experiencing Through Someone Else's Eyes

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

This research suggests that reading about different groups can be helpful for aspiring leaders. One of the greatest problems in business leadership is a failure to understand how the work environment can influence different people in different ways.

Is Rick Scott Right About Anthropology?

Janice Harper | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics
Janice Harper

His sensitivity to anthropology's social reach may well be what is influencing his aim to gut funding to the discipline and to other liberal arts programs

Scapegoating Schools of Education

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 10.16.2011 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

How can I possibly help my future teachers understand and perform the pedagogical complexities needed to teach the social sciences powerfully when they come to me so unprepared?

The Humanities: Fundamental but Utilitarian

David J. Skorton | Posted 08.15.2011 | College
David J. Skorton

Despite -- and perhaps because of -- stark budget realities, we must have the political will and discipline to support the humanities. Let's aim for funding of the National Endowment for the Humanities at the FY10 level of $167.5 million.

Education: Yes, but Why?

Robin Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Robin Lakoff

Education is invaluable not only in its ability to help people and societies get ahead, but equally in helping them develop the perspectives that make them fully human.

Female Profs Less Satisfied In Jobs Than Males: Study

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

According to a new study (.pdf) done by Harvard's Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education, male and female professors remain on an unlev...