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Some Futurists Aren't Worried About Global Warming or Overpopulation

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 02.18.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

What many environmentalists, journalists and politicians fail to consider when assessing the future is how quickly technological innovation is growing. The future is coming much faster than people realize.

Cultivating a Focused Workplace

Daniel Goleman | Posted 03.24.2014 | Business
Daniel Goleman

It's very hard to be creative on demand. Most of us need time for reflection, which requires thinking alone, without distractions. It also requires be...

A 2014 Challenge for the Social Sciences

Paul Stoller | Posted 03.18.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

Social scientists are living in increasingly challenging times. In states like North Carolina there is a politically driven movement to dump the "irrelevant" and "unproductive" social sciences and humanities into the academic dustbin. What can be done to salvage the liberal arts?

Narrative and the Future of the Social Sciences

Paul Stoller | Posted 02.04.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

The power of anthropology and the social sciences is found, at least for me, in the narratives we put forward about the social conditions of people living in the world. In the social sciences, the books with legs are those that create a connection between writers and a diverse audience of readers.

Do Good People Turn Evil?

Adam Grant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science
Adam Grant

Bad people are more likely to opt into bad situations. When they band together, all too often, evil is the result.

What Makes Malcolm Gladwell Fascinating

Adam Grant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Adam Grant

If you believe that Gladwell's success is primarily driven by his writing, I think you've overlooked the most important factor. What makes him most interesting is not the narratives themselves, but rather the ideas behind them.

Showing God Does Not Exist

Victor Stenger | Posted 10.15.2013 | Science
Victor Stenger

Faith is foolish because it leads people to irrational decisions that pose great dangers to the survival of humanity, such as opposing birth control and thinking that global warming is no problem because God would never let it harm us.

Trayvon Martin and Implicit Bias

Eva Paterson | Posted 10.05.2013 | Crime
Eva Paterson

I have read that the brain processes 400 billion bits of information a second, but we are only aware of 2,000 of those. We do not have time to sort through and analyze all these information so our brain and mind take shortcuts.

Can Social Media Predict Behavior?

Jane Adams Ph.D. | Posted 09.14.2013 | Media
Jane Adams Ph.D.

Social media has gotten the credit -- and, in some quarters, the blame -- for inspiring social and political revolutions around the globe.

Trayvon's Ultimate Issue: An Implicitly Unjust Justice System

Jarryd Willis | Posted 09.13.2013 | Black Voices
Jarryd Willis

Our laws must be updated to account for implicit bias, or the only true chance at redress many Asians/Blacks/LGBT/Hispanics will have will be after forfeiting their right to self-defense.

The Real Business of Higher Education

Paul Stoller | Posted 09.02.2013 | College
Paul Stoller

If you go to college you should leave campus with a tool kit of skills that will guarantee a good paying job -- a good return on your educational investment. It's hard to argue with such an idea.

The Slippery Meaning of Angelina and BRCA

Dalton Conley | Posted 08.19.2013 | Science
Dalton Conley

Before long the gene for breast cancer may be associated with lower odds of contracting the disease thanks to the steps women with the now-dangerous alleles take to mitigate their risk. In the not-so-distant future, BRCA1 mutations may predict mastectomies, not breast cancer.

Does Pushing the 'Walk' Button Do Anything? (VIDEO)

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 08.07.2013 | Technology
Jon Hotchkiss

We've all seen the person who fidgets impatiently at a crosswalk while pressing the "walk" button. That scene is immediately proceeded by a similar one: That of another guy who just witnessed the zillion button pushes who then pushes the button a few more times.

Tall People Love Twitter, Short People Love Pinterest and Other Height-Related Epiphanies

John Dick | Posted 06.22.2013 | Technology
John Dick

If you're short and you want a good view at a concert, check out a country music gig. There won't be many tall people there standing in your way. If you're a big-and-tall retailer, advertise more on ABC. You'll have the best chance of reaching tall people there. Random, right? Not really.

Why Gay Marriage May Hinge on One Footnote

William D. Blake | Posted 06.09.2013 | Gay Voices
William D. Blake

To a lot of people, it may seem downright strange that a Supreme Court justice is asking how social scientists would project the impact of their potential ruling. As a social scientist myself, I find this an interesting phenomenon, of which there is quite a history.

Individualism vs. Social Science

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

NPR's social science maven reported that President Obama may have undermined the success of gun control legislation when he stated that "We are responsible for each other." Americans, Shankar Vendantam stated, care about individual rights and liberty, not the common good.

The Folly of Defunding Social Science

Scott Atran | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Scott Atran

The Founding Fathers envisioned a Republic with an enlightened citizenry educated in "all philosophical Experiments that Light into the Nature of Things ... and multiply the Conveniences or Pleasures of Life" -- not just technical training for jobs that pay well.

Climate Science and Science Literacy: The Strange Divergence

Bill Chameides | Posted 12.10.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

Further "education" on climate science alone is unlikely to make inroads with people who have already decided that climate change is not real or not human-induced.

People and Big Data: Separately Good, Together Great

Bryce Maddock | Posted 11.26.2012 | Business
Bryce Maddock

Big Data can be obtained and used for a price. Employ the correct methods for taming the beast that is Big Data and market domination becomes a real possibility.

After The Regnerus Debacle, Where Are The Apologies?

Zinnia Jones | Posted 10.01.2012 | Gay Voices
Zinnia Jones

Now that an internal audit at Social Science Research has confirmed that Mark Regnerus' "gay parenting" study was indeed so badly flawed that it never should have survived peer review, we can start looking at why so many in the media and the right wing readily accepted its conclusions.

The Science Of Truth: Are Faith And Science Compatible?

Derek Flood | Posted 09.23.2012 | Religion
Derek Flood

We are going to have to adjust our reading of the Bible to coincide with a modern scientific understanding of the universe. And in broad strokes, that shift has already happened.

The Value of Experiencing Through Someone Else's Eyes

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

This research suggests that reading about different groups can be helpful for aspiring leaders. One of the greatest problems in business leadership is a failure to understand how the work environment can influence different people in different ways.

Failing to Understand the Social Sciences

Jamil Zaki | Posted 07.29.2012 | Media
Jamil Zaki

Gutting succumbs to an old stereotype: believing that there is a bright line between "hard" natural sciences -- which produce real information -- and "soft" social sciences, which do not.

What You Should Always Bring Up On A First Date

Cristen Conger | Posted 07.24.2012 | Women
Cristen Conger

Politics is one of the four topics -- alongside money, sex and religion -- Emily Post says young ladies must never, ever broach on a first date. Here's why women should ignore that advice.

Saving Social Science

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.21.2012 | Education
Paul Stoller

STEM is important in the future of higher education, but so are the social sciences and humanities which teach students how to think critically and to how assess the social and cultural ramifications of rapid technological change.