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What The NSA Debate Misses

Adlai E. Stevenson III | Posted 04.08.2014 | World
Adlai E. Stevenson III

The debate over the NSA's data collection should lead to a better balance between rights of privacy and requirements of foreign intelligence. But whatever the outcome of that debate, it has failed to acknowledge inherent deficiencies and risks in "foreign intelligence" and the transcendent role of foreign policy in the defense of our national interests. Our foreign policy failures and dilemmas reflect failures of a cerebral sort of intelligence, including a lack of experience in the real world away from Washington, its arm chair polemicists, its ideological think thanks, and too little experience in military ground forces where you learn to expect the unexpected. Policy has been driven by ideologues, militarists, and amateurs, including Members of Congress who are little noted nowadays for real world experience.

Intelligence Chief's Histrionics Hide Downgrade in Terrorist Threat

Ivan Eland | Posted 04.06.2014 | World
Ivan Eland

So after all the hysteria after the 9/11 attacks, drone wars in several developing countries, and two overseas quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan, which allegedly attempted to "drain the swamp" of terrorists, the terrorist threat has been downgraded.

A War Isn't Over Till It's Over

Ivan Eland | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Any substantial threat to the United States that emanates from Afghanistan or Pakistan can be dealt with from outside either country by America's global intelligence and military capabilities.

Intellectual Growth in College: Try Slugging

Uloop | Posted 03.31.2014 | College
Uloop

Why did soberly wearing sweatpants to a bar make me feel so superior to everyone else?

Why Obama Cares More About the Feelings of Foreign Leaders than Safeguarding Americans' Constitutional Rights

Ivan Eland | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

To overcome bureaucratic vested interests and revitalize U.S. constitutional checks and balances, however, Americans need to get a lot madder than they are about Bush and Obama's violation of sacred rights.

The 3 Words Every Woman Should Own

Amy Ruhlin | Posted 03.21.2014 | Fifty
Amy Ruhlin

As the year moved from 2013 to 2014, I played one of those silly word games on Facebook. A square made of rows of letters, with instructions to look for words, and a notice that 'the first three words you see, will be yours in 2014.'

Report: Western Spy Agencies Approach Assad Gov't

Reuters | Posted 03.17.2014 | World

DUBAI, Jan 15 (Reuters) - The intelligence services of some Western countries opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have visited Damascus to d...

Why Snowden's Disclosures of Foreign Surveillance Are Legitimate

Bea Edwards | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Bea Edwards

If we live in a country that allows us only the official line about an extremely controversial story that involves torture and death, then we live in an authoritarian state, not a democracy.

Standardized Achievement Tests: What Are They Good For? Hint: Not Cognitive Ability

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 03.13.2014 | Education
Scott Barry Kaufman

Until recently, very little research has looked at the effect of improving standardized achievement test performance. This is obviously a really important question, since we are so steeped in a standardized testing culture.

Being Kind is Underrated

Michael Shammas | Posted 02.25.2014 | Good News
Michael Shammas

The other day I was speaking with a friend who was depressed because of a perceived lack of virtues. According to her, she was less intelligent, less ...

The 12 Business Books to Read in 2014

Adam Grant | Posted 02.16.2014 | Books
Adam Grant

Here are a dozen books with big implications for the world of work that are likely to make a splash in the coming year.

Humans AREN'T The Smartest Species?

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 12.12.2013 | Science

Think humans are way smarter than other animals? Not so fast, Einstein! Researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia argue in an upcomi...

Hollywood Without the Happy Ending

Pratap Chatterjee | Posted 02.04.2014 | World
Pratap Chatterjee

As details of programs like Penny Lane and GRS tumble out into the open, shedding light on how the CIA has fought its secret war, it is becoming clearer that the full story of the Agency's failures, and the larger failures of U.S. intelligence has yet to be told.

Feinstein: U.S. 'Less Safe' Than 2 Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics

The lawmakers who lead the House and Senate intelligence committees both said on Sunday that they believe the United States is less safe from a terror...

Rogers Warns Of Rising Terrorism Threat

AP | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The terrorism threat against the United States is increasing and Americans aren't as safe as they were a year or two ago, the lead...

Be Less Stupid

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 01.30.2014 | Science
Jon Hotchkiss

Why did you miss all of these things? Turns out, you don't actually see everything you see. Meaning, your eyes observe and take in much more information than your brain computes... So, there's stuff you see, that you don't actually see.

A Global Agreement on Privacy, Intelligence and National Security

Stacy Baird | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Stacy Baird

No longer can the U.S. or others in the West claim the moral high ground. So now that this is established, let's have the conversation that is long overdue. The U.S. and the West can regain leadership, but it must take the first steps to strike the right balance, and through a cooperative process.

U.S. May Split Command Of NSA And Cybersecurity Agencies

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is considering a proposal to split the work of the single military commander who now oversees both t...

Is Human Development Always 'Evolutionary'?

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

It's true that babies know more than psychologists believed a century ago. However, I doubt kids know as much as Alison Gopnik claims they do. For that matter, most adults are no great shakes in the logic department.

Why I Don't Think Of Myself As 'Intelligent'

Montita Sowapark | Posted 01.23.2014 | Teen
Montita Sowapark

There's something I have to admit: I have a very severe case of the "Impostor Syndrome." I don't think I'm smart.

Is Bill O'Reilly Just a Complete Imbecile? Or: the Sociology of Intelligence

Galanty Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

People who don't test well defend themselves by saying they're "street smart." I'm not sure what that means. If they take the SAT exam in the middle of the street, I suspect their score would still be pretty low.

The Heritability of Intelligence: Not What You Think

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Scott Barry Kaufman

Instead of an index of how "genetic" an IQ test is, it's more likely that in Western society-- where learning opportunities differ so drastically from each other-- heritability is telling you just how much the test is influenced by culture.

The End of IQ (and the Dawn of Working Memory)

Tracy Alloway, PhD and Ross Alloway, PhD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Tracy Alloway, PhD and Ross Alloway, PhD

If you are proud of your high IQ, stop reading now. Your IQ is an anachronism, and its reign is coming to an end.

Turkey Is Not Turning Away From the West

Harun Yahya | Posted 10.24.2013 | World
Harun Yahya

Turkey exports love instead of hatred, union instead of division and reconciliation instead of enmity to the region and in this way, it will continue to maintain its place in the region.

The Spies Who Hate Us

William J. Furney | Posted 12.16.2013 | World
William J. Furney

Britain and America's Orwellian spy agencies seem to think they know what's best for their respective, snooped-upon citizens, even if it means apparent side-stepping of democratic institutions designed to keep them in check.