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Are We All a Bunch of Narcissists?

Brian Hanley | Posted 07.29.2015 | Technology
Brian Hanley

If we weren't narcissists by clinical standards, I wondered, what were we? People with too many gadgets to think clearly? To feel clearly? People with good intentions, short attention spans and a propensity to do what's best for ourselves? People trying to figure out this mess of a universe one bus ride at a time? Whatever we were, we needed to become something else, more compassionate.

The Unexpected Reason Caitlyn Jenner Is Suffering From Insomnia

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.24.2015 | Entertainment
Van Winkle's

Caitlyn Jenner's public transition has been one of 2015's cultural highlights, and we're excited to more fully explore her story in the new documentar...

Look at Me! (the Sociology of Selfies)

Galanty Miller | Posted 07.22.2015 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

At some point, the selfie craze will probably diminish, but only because new technology will enable people to self-exploit at an even greater degree. Perhaps Apple will come out with a phone that you swallow and people will start posting innies.

The Bizarre Way Wearing Masks Helps Employees Relax

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.17.2015 | Business
Van Winkle's

Why a company would go to such extreme (and unsettling) measures to shield the emotions of their employees is a mystery. Perhaps they're taking the phrase "office drones" a bit too seriously.

Racist Violence and Social Science

Chip Berlet | Posted 06.25.2015 | 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.

Truth Through Fiction

Barry Kibrick | Posted 06.19.2015 | Books
Barry Kibrick

From Shakespeare to Hemingway the deep understandings of humanity, the "truth" of our nature and our way of being, was expressed through stories. The stories may have been fiction, but at their pinnacle they illuminated the truth about ourselves.

Truth through Fiction

Barry Kibrick | Posted 06.19.2015 | Books
Barry Kibrick

There is so much to see, and yet you must learn how to see. Gary Grossman - Old Earth Socrates, Plato and Aristotle gave us our first glimpse into see...

A Sociologist Weighs In On The Charleston Shooting

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 07.14.2015 | Science

A shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday has shaken the country, leaving many reflecting on the state of ...

Taylor Swift, Tori Amos, and Me: Women Make Their Most Powerful Art When They Ditch the Boys and Find Themselves

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 06.19.2015 | Women
Patricia Leavy, PhD

The strength in these feminist empowerment projects is clear to fans who use them to navigate their own lives, but I want to highlight the message for other artists: use creativity to carve your identity and empower others.

Alice Goffman and the Future of Ethnography

Paul Stoller | Posted 06.15.2015 | Books
Paul Stoller

When scholars attract widespread public attention the news coverage about them and their works, which is often incomplete and filled with misconceptions, is not usually good.

WATCH: The Secret to Bird Feeding (and Innovation Success)

Markus Giesler | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business
Markus Giesler

In this ten-minute TEDx York University talk, I recall the simple yet eye-opening bird-feeding experiment that sparked ten years of innovation research to suggest a much-needed shift in our innovation thinking.

Everything You Do Counts

Saul Segan | Posted 05.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Saul Segan

In a life that may have more than its share of confusion and unmanageability, and a world that matches this description, there is sometimes the tende...

How to Be a Hero: Insight From the Milgram Experiment

Matthew Hollander | Posted 04.29.2015 | Science
Matthew Hollander

This unilateral focus on the dark side has had the unintended effect of blinding us to one of the most obvious and inspiring features of the experiment: it also showed that hundreds of ordinary people -- though the minority of Milgram's participants -- did in fact have what it takes to stand up for what is right.

My Taxi Driver Reads Chomsky: Reclaiming the Liberal Arts in South Africa

Ami Fields-Meyer | Posted 04.27.2015 | College
Ami Fields-Meyer

I think South Africa needs more taxi drivers like Paul, and kids like the ones in Philippi. I think it needs more sociology and international relations majors. Because if you don't know why things are the way they are, it's going to be difficult to push with any impact toward the way they ought to be.

How Online Interaction Shapes Everything From Baby Name Trends To Revolutions

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.06.2015 | Science

In 1914, the names "Mary" and "Helen" were all the rage for baby girls. In 2014, it was "Emma" and "Olivia" -- neither of which were even among the to...

Don't Be Like That: Does Black Culture Need To Be Reformed?

The New Yorker | Kelefa Sanneh | Posted 02.04.2015 | Black Voices

It was just after eight o’clock on a November night when Robert McCulloch, the prosecuting attorney for St. Louis County, announced that a grand jur...

Immigration and Mental Health: The Mexica Bussing My Table

Dr. Robert Lusson | Posted 02.04.2015 | Los Angeles
Dr. Robert Lusson

It is easy enough to point out research correlating far off and away terms like racism, cultural bias, or white privilege, and grouping peoples (Mexicans become Latin, Japanese become Asian) for convenience. It puts it all out there.... somewhere else.... away from us.

Noah: Colonist, Ecologist, Sociologist

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 01.13.2015 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

Picturing Noah as a colonizer of an empty world rather than a survivor of a doomed world enables us to use Noah as a model for dealing not only with catastrophes, but also with the lesser setbacks of ordinary life.

Where Do We Come From?

Denise M. Wilbanks | Posted 10.20.2014 | Weird News
Denise M. Wilbanks

My dear readers, Denial is not a river in Egypt. What will it take to wake up? Or have we allowed ourselves to be so disempowered that we have thrown in the towel? If so, is self destruction imminent? I would hope not.

The Mechanics of Change

John Feffer | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
John Feffer

Janos David is a sociologist who has spent his professional life studying change. He experienced the Hungarian uprising of 1956 firsthand and much later helped to produce documentaries about it.

It's Not Only What You Say, But How You Say It: On Language and Class

Alyssa Lyons | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact
Alyssa Lyons

My friends' and families' languages helped shape my identity and understanding of the world and are just as valuable as my academic discourse. But one language no longer commands power over the others. They are all intrinsically a part of me.

Down Kitty! The Evolution of Female Competition

Katie Tandy | Posted 09.24.2014 | Women
Katie Tandy

When it comes to the intricacies of fashion, we women dress for each other. Of course we want the boys to like (lust, adore, pine for) us, but there are very few men out there who know something fabulous when they see it. And when they do, we start feeling a little suspicious.

How Stereotypes Take Shape

Pacific Standard | Tom Jacobs | Posted 07.25.2014 | World

Unfair and offensive as they may be, stereotypes are ubiquitous. Logic tells us it’s ludicrous to label all, or most, members of a particular ethnic...

What Type of Selfie Are You?

Lauren DeLisa | Posted 09.14.2014 | Technology
Lauren DeLisa

Quick! Are you the kind who combs your hair before a selfie or do you just go for it? While many have said that this growing phenomenon has caused us to become even more concerned about our looks than in previous times, there may actually be something a bit deeper going on beneath the surface.

People Watching: Harmless or Perverted?

Candace Davis | Posted 09.06.2014 | Travel
Candace Davis

I can't help but notice that people watching is taking Europe by storm this summer. I was in Venice a few weeks ago and some friends were people watching to waste time.