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America the Bilingually Beautiful

Steve Leveen | Posted 03.04.2014 | Media
Steve Leveen

Mere seconds after Coca-Cola's 60-second Super Bowl ad faded out with "America is Beautiful," morphing to the Twitter hashtag #AmericaisBeautiful, the social media ignited.

Overcoming Tribalism

Michael Jinkins | Posted 03.31.2014 | Books
Michael Jinkins

The concept, indeed, of friendship, in the sense of "people we like" and with whom we "share interests," is foreign.

Restoring the Playground

Gwen Gordon | Posted 02.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Gwen Gordon

My dog Macy is normally a pretty happy-go-lucky mutt. On our daily walks she greets every stranger like they're her long lost buddy -- all wags and ki...

Our Foraging Ancestors Were Not Particularly War-like

Rob Brooks | Posted 10.01.2013 | Science
Rob Brooks

Few subjects more predictably animate furious disagreement and cross-purposes discussion than the origins of human warfare. Are people "naturally" belligerent? And what does that even mean? The question taps a deep old well of ideological intuition.

Bill Gates Names Summer Reading List

Posted 07.15.2013 | Books

Bill Gates has shared his reading lists before, and this summer he has named some interesting non-fiction (and one fiction) books that he plans on rea...

Has "The Walking Dead" Lurched Into the New Cutting Edge of Horror?

Kevin Miller | Posted 05.19.2013 | Entertainment
Kevin Miller

Perhaps by domesticating the zombie, the creators of The Walking Dead have inadvertently stumbled upon the new cutting edge of horror. It's no longer a supernatural or extra-terrestrial invasion or any sort of "evil other."

Faith Isn't Irrational, But Beliefs May Be

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

Religion has become improverished and identified with an irrational belief in far-fetched stories -- if taken as literal fact -- which were intended as parables symbolic of larger truths in human life.

The Evolution of Human Governance

Frank A. Weil | Posted 04.08.2013 | Books
Frank A. Weil

Jared Diamond has sounded a clarion call in his most recent and interestingly provocative book, The World Until Yesterday.

Thank You, Jared Diamond

Larry Coben | Posted 03.27.2013 | Books
Larry Coben

Jared Diamond has a new book out, The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies, and academic anthropologists are again up in arms.

David Brooks Is Shocked When Tribes Let Sick People Die. He Also Wants to Cut Medicare.

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 03.25.2013 | Media
Richard (RJ) Eskow

In his review of Jared Diamond's new book, David Brooks is appropriately horrified by the stories of tribal women who were left to die rather than be cared for by their communities. He's so horrified that he seems to reject Diamond's core thesis that these tribespeople have something to teach us about ourselves.

Why Do Nations Fail?

David K. Levine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
David K. Levine

Why Nations Fail is grand history in the style of Jared Diamond. Provocative and fun, the theme is that the reason nations fail or succeed is not economic policies, geography, culture, or value systems -- but rather political institutions.

Romney Accused Of Misrepresenting Bestselling Book

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

Scientist and author Jared Diamond said that Mitt Romney mischaracterized his book, "Guns, Germs and Steel," to theorize why Israelis and Palestinians...

What Decline of Western Civilization?

Harlan Green | Posted 01.29.2012 | Business
Harlan Green

Dr. Ferguson's theme isn't new. Root causes of the rise and fall of western civilizations were earlier explored by UCLA Professor Jared Diamond in his books Guns, Germs, and Steel, and Collapse in far more convincing fashion.

Books That Changed The Way We Think About The Earth

flavorwire.com | Posted 06.22.2011 | Books

We may be incredibly pessimistic about the direction our country is headed at the moment, but so were many residents back in the last days of Manifest...

Lessons from the Edge

Mindy S. Lubber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mindy S. Lubber

Jared Diamond is the prophet of sinking societies. His acclaimed book, "Collapse," chronicled the demise of simple and advanced civilizations alike ...

The Competing Black Swans of Climate Change

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Winston

Since the last Ice Age, our climate has not changed enough to threaten the viability of the species. So we make the error of confirmation and assume that it won't change much going forward.

No Longer the Republican Party of Mount Rushmore -- Now the Party of Easter Island

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

It is really pretty remarkable to ponder how far the modern Republican Party has strayed from the vision of Lincoln, the Great Emancipator -- and Teddy Roosevelt, the Conservationist and Trust Buster.

What I Believe (about Markets and Morals): A Reply to Jerry Coyne & My Critics

Michael Shermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Michael Shermer

In his endearingly titled blog, "Michael, we hardly knew ye," the venerable evolutionary biologist and slayer of creationist dragons Jerry Coyne (auth...

Can "Evil" Corporations Become Conscious Corporations?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

This isn't a stark contrast of good versus evil or us versus them. The traits we hate in corporate behavior belong to society as a whole.

For America to Succeed in the 21st Century, Senate Rules Must Change

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Accelerating change is the central fact of the modern world. If America is to succeed and survive it must have a government that can make timely decisions, look at the long haul, and act in the public interest.

When Yoga and Civilization Collide

Isabel Cowles | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Isabel Cowles

Not a day goes by when I don't eat cooked food or animal products. And not a day goes by when I don't practice yoga. Both feel better with company.

Guns, Germs, and Steel: A Popular History of Human Evolution That Actually Contributes to Understanding

Alex Remington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Alex Remington

Popular nonfiction is a tricky beast. It's one thing for someone to write a memoir, or a long-form investigation that the journalist-author has perso...

The Maya Really Did Warn Us About Our Future (Unintentionally)

Alex Higgins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alex Higgins

The Maya in the 8th century had little ability to understand the climate change that was happening to them. Our civilization knows what is happening and even has the ability to prevent catastrophe.

Why Growing Income Inequality Is Bad for America

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The CEO of the average company in the S&P Index makes $10.5 million. That means that on the first workday of the year, he (sometimes she) has made more than the minimum wage workers in his company will make all year.

The First Hundred Days

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Harry Moroz

Since President Obama signed the stimulus package into law 100 days ago, the U.S. economy certainly seems to have stabilized. Then again...