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20 Distinct Regional American Accents, Ranked

Thrillist | Posted 11.19.2015 | Travel

By: Megan Frye Credit: Jennifer Bui/Thrillist From sea to shining sea, the United States is one of the most culturally diverse countries on th...

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?

Can a Lie Reveal Truth? Or What is Art?

Suna Senman | Posted 11.04.2015 | Arts
Suna Senman

Art is all around us and as significant to comprehend as the mechanics of structure. Each building, road or functional tool has elements of aesthetic design to some degree or another.

Of Fools and Free Markets

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business
Marcelo Giugale

Today, a tweet, a post, or a blog is enough to alert millions in seconds of a dreadful restaurant, an unsafe toy, or a polluting car company. We can share our market experiences in real time. This narrows the space for phishing.

The Invisible People Without Homes

Felicia Souza | Posted 10.13.2015 | Impact
Felicia Souza

By outright pretending someone isn't there, we are essentially stripping them of their importance, identity, and humanity. Just to acknowledge the people we pass by on the street could be the beginning of something so much bigger. Even at our worst no one deserves to feel invisible.

Reflecting On 30 Days Of Kindness

Alicia Raia-Hawrylak | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact
Alicia Raia-Hawrylak

I am also reminded that it takes extra effort to cross the intersection and meet those I don't encounter everyday as a function of my position and my privilege. But now the crosswalk is there, connecting me to the world, and making the intersections newly ripe places for collaboration and action.

No Student Should Have to Be "White Enough" to Succeed in School

Anindya Kundu | Posted 09.23.2015 | Education
Anindya Kundu

By the end of this semester if I can get that student to realize that she does not need to appear "white enough" to succeed, or that at least in my class she does not, I will consider that a victory.

The Myth of Authentic Travel

David Sze | Posted 09.16.2015 | Travel
David Sze

When I first stepped onto Khao San Road, the main backpacker drag in Bangkok, I was a little overwhelmed. I had arrived after weeks spent cycling alone in the Thai countryside, winding through rolling hills, beside acres of fields filled with rice and corn, passing by bustling towns and cities without a single tourist.

Is There a Science Behind Reality Distortion Fields?

Markus Giesler | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
Markus Giesler

The Reality Distortion Field - Steve Jobs had it, Elon Musk seems to have inherited it from him. And in retrospect, I'm a hundred percent sure my first girlfriend had it too.

What Real Estate Battles Say About Church

Richard Flory | Posted 09.16.2015 | Religion
Richard Flory

In fighting for its building, St. James the Great has shown that a church is more than just a building. It is also its members, however and wherever they manage to gather to create community--even in a park.

The Surprising Key to Your Child's Success

Joel Peterson | Posted 09.05.2015 | Education
Joel Peterson

Science points to something truly surprising: the single most influential factor (among all other single factors) accounting for differences in education achievement is...

Republicans Have Happier Marriages. How Should Democrats React?

Nicholas H. Wolfinger | Posted 08.26.2015 | Politics
Nicholas H. Wolfinger

So relax, Democrats. Republicans aren't really having better marriages because of their political beliefs or their neighborhood culture. Instead, much of the answer lies in two institutions, race and religion, that are even more fundamental to American society.

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.