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Everything You Do Counts

Saul Segan | Posted 03.23.2015 | 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 02.27.2015 | 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 02.25.2015 | 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.

The Secret Identities of Co-Workers

Liz Reed | Posted 08.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Liz Reed

Our secret identities are so often our passion, which explains why it is so easy to share that other side of you when people ask about it. I recently quit my 9 to 5 to do something I loved doing even more -- making comics.

The Hidden "You" in You

Frank A. Weil | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

There is a lot of fascinating work being done about how our minds work and how memories are formed, stored and recalled. I am full of admiration for t...

The Flowering of Feminism in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 06.28.2014 | World
John Feffer

The feminist movement, which gathered strength in the 1960s and 1970s in the West, arrived in East-Central Europe much later. Women's equality was a stated principle of the Communist governments, and official women's organizations operated in all of the countries.

Our Brains on Art

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Patricia Leavy, PhD

Beginning with the power of fiction, there is a growing body of scholarship on the relationship between neuroscience and literature, often referred to as literary neuroscience.

Super-Size My Foyer: On Size and Snark of McMansions

Kimann Schultz | Posted 06.17.2014 | HuffPost Home
Kimann Schultz

I came upon an article "McMansions: An Architectural Parable on the Death of the American Dream," which points to its originating article "Let Them Ea...

Cultivate a Sisterhood

Colleen Crinion | Posted 05.28.2014 | Women
Colleen Crinion

Take some time to thank the women in your life who are supportive and who believe in you. And remember, it's not just about surrounding yourself with lots of women. It's about having a sisterhood.

Underlying Assumptions of Regnerus's Claims

Brandon Andrew Robinson | Posted 05.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Brandon Andrew Robinson

Why is a rise in heterosexual people practicing anal sex negative? Regnerus offered no empirical data to support this claim (and no evidence exists that I know of), but nonetheless, somehow this claim is supposed to make the rise of gay marriage be bad.

Dear Mr. Kristof, Get to Know the Facts (and We've Been Here All This Time, Too)

Matthew W. Hughey | Posted 04.20.2014 | Education
Matthew W. Hughey

Rather than debate over whether Kristof wants to engage in a blame-game against professors or if he simply misses the material conditions of social change to which all of us -- professors included -- are subject, I'd like to take on some of his premises that did strike me as blatantly wrong-headed.

Taking the 'Care' out of Care Work? Men in Nursing

Tristan Bridges | Posted 04.14.2014 | Women
Tristan Bridges

The distinction between "caring" and "curing" is a gendered one, and it is part of what maintains existing occupational segregation in healthcare.

Leading (and Teaching) for the Common Good

D. Michael Lindsay | Posted 03.28.2014 | College
D. Michael Lindsay

The great thing about being a college president is that I get to connect with a much wider network of students than I did as a professor. The chance to work with students is what drew me to higher education in the first place. So this semester, I'm returning to the classroom to teach one of my favorite classes.

You Don't Have to Be a Quarterback

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.27.2014 | Sports
William B. Bradshaw

In life all of us need to realize that leaders are very important, but leaders alone in any field of endeavor cannot get the job done. It takes a team: all the members of the executive committee.