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'We Negotiate with Terrorists Now': Social Media and Ideology

W. Scott Poole | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics
W. Scott Poole

After a social media fast, I made a tentative return to Facebook. I returned mostly aware of what I would find. A complete archival record of every c...

Bullets, Ballots and Bullies

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

If there is anyone who would still advocate for unimpeded access to guns for all on the basis of ideology despite such an extreme (and admittedly absurd) epidemiology, there are names for it. The kinder designation is fanaticism.

The Legal System's Mistaken View of the Human Mind

John R. Hibbing | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics
John R. Hibbing

Instead of pretending these predispositions do not exist, the legal system needs to accept their existence and try to minimize them, or at least to work with them, in order to make it more likely that the truth will be ascertained and justice served.

Go and Learn What This Means: I Desire Honesty, Not Christianity

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

I am a Christian. I love Christians. I have great hope for the Christian church. But throughout my journey one thing has repeatedly frustrated me.

The Future of the (Scared, White) GOP

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.26.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Psychological theory supports the idea that conservatives, if threatened, will circle the ideological wagons, embracing rather than moving away from conservative values. Craig and Richeson decided to see if the likelihood of an increasingly diverse racial landscape influences the politics of white Americans, and if so, how.

4 Reasons Not to Threaten Friendships Because of Political Differences

Kevin Goodman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Kevin Goodman

It may sound counterintuitive but we shouldn't want our party to be the only party because the other party (or parties) helps keep us in check and that ultimately helps protect our liberty. This is rooted in our history.

Do We Need to Kill Our Heroes?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I am, of course, still a child of love and privilege. But I have at least this claim against naiveté: I have looked into the eyes of someone ready, willing, and eager to kill me. I have at least this notion of what's out there.

The Real History Of The 'War On Christmas'

Salon | Posted 12.24.2013 | Politics

Do you ever feel that Christmas, the most celebrated and supposedly sacred holiday on the American calendar, has long since lost its spiritual core an...

The Rich And Educated Believe Wealth Correlates With Virtue, Says Study

Eric Zuesse | Posted 02.02.2014 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

A study of social class -- defined by annual income and by education-level -- finds that "Social class rank was positively associated with essentialis...

Here's A Dramatic Reminder Of Just How Partisan The Senate Has Become

The Huffington Post | Ethan Klapper | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics

We know that the Senate has changed quite a bit in the past few years, with the upper chamber becoming more polarized and more toxic. But now, in ...

Obama Strikes at the Heart of Reaganism

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

With one deft stroke, Barack Obama made clear that the shutdown and the threat of a national default flowed directly from Reaganism, and that the tea party Republicans are no fringe element.

The Self Is Dead -- Long Live the Superself

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

This is the sixth and final post in the series "Why Everything You Know about Your 'Self' Is Wrong." The series explores how our understanding of self...

What Is Man?

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

This is the fifth post in the series "Why Everything You Know about Your 'Self' Is Wrong." The series explores how our understanding of selfhood affec...

The Superself: Genome, Menome, and Wenome

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

In this view, our selves are far more extensive than we've been led to believe. They extend beyond our own bodies to include what we think of as other selves and the world. We live in the minds of others, and they in ours.

'Self' Is a Misnomer

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

The word "self" carries strong connotations of autonomy, individuality, and self-sufficiency. It's as if it were chosen to mask our interdependence. It's hardly an exaggeration to say that in buying into this notion of selfhood, humankind got off on the wrong foot.

Are You A Home For Identities?

Robert Fuller | Posted 08.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

It is tempting to think of the self as simply a home for the identities we adopt over our lifetime, but on reflection, this, too, falls short. Our self is also the source of the identities that sally forth as our proxies.

Why Everything You Know About Yourself Is Wrong

Robert Fuller | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

While we all casually refer to our self, no one knows quite what that self is. Nothing is so close at hand yet hard to grasp as selfhood.

Obama's Failure: A Presidency Without Ideology

Dan Agin | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
Dan Agin

Obama's presidency is not a conservative presidency; it's not a liberal presidency; it's a nothing presidency. At most a caretaker presidency, the country treading water until the next presidency with an ideology behind it.

Vietnam in Transition: When Consumers Worship at the Altar of the Shopping Mall

Andrew Lam | Posted 05.26.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Andrew Lam

In Vietnam there's new horde of consumers with dispensable income and a penchant for luxury goods and real estates overseas. Small but growing in numb...

Ideology Won't Solve Our Problems

Dan Morgan | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Dan Morgan

The sequester that took effect March 1 is a case in point. Some House Republicans have called it the Tea Party's biggest success to date. But a success for whom?

Paul Ryan's New Budget: Ideological Wish-Fulfillment Fantasy

Alex Knepper | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Alex Knepper

I still admire Rep. Ryan and hope that he continues to make strides toward making serious entitlement reform possible. But if he wants to govern then he needs to bow to reality and accept that elections have consequences -- even elections that he lost.

The Self-Imposed Ideological Siege

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The most puzzling aspect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may be that after 65 years of violence, enmity and suffering, it remains unresolved when coexistence is inevitable and a two-state solution remains the only viable option.

What Mali Tells Us About Ideology and al-Qaeda

Peter Henne | Posted 04.28.2013 | World
Peter Henne

What does this mean for us? Well, it's both good and bad. It's good because the extreme ideology of the group likely contributed to its downfall in Mali. It's bad because calls for pragmatism -- which would moderate its more severe violence -- may fall short.

All the Wrong Questions

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

If "the people" does not, and cannot, mean all people, and if the Founders did not further specify which people -- then that is a question we are obligated to ask and answer. Which people? And, similarly, what arms?

The GOP's Real Problem? It's Not Conservative Enough

Alex Knepper | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Alex Knepper

Philosophical conservatism is not a panacea to our nation's problems -- it can be too stuffy, too trusting of tradition, and too attached to visions of a mythical past. But it is a vital component of a healthy political system.