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Scared of Ebola, ISIS, Putin, or Climate Change? A New Global Panel Tackles the Social Plagues That Generate Our Problems

Marc Fleurbaey | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Marc Fleurbaey

First, most of our problems are our own doing. Second, we know a lot about the causes and the solutions. This combination is new. Old civilizations have died because their lifestyle was not sustainable but, unlike us, they didn't understand the mechanisms.

We Need the Humanities As Much As Science to Solve the World's Problems

Paul_Smith | Posted 10.22.2014 | Education
Paul_Smith

Scientists and artists -- there are no two cultures. There's one human culture with myriad manifestations. Let's get it together, approach the world as one and see that world in a grain of sand once more.

Congratulations to Anthropologist Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan's New President

American Anthropological Association | Posted 09.26.2014 | Good News
American Anthropological Association

Formidable challenges face the new government, from deep social divisions to operating budget shortfalls and significant deficits to overcome in public facilities and services.

Fellow Law Students, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.17.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Resist the tide. Leave law school not as an attorney, but rather as a human being who happens to be an attorney.

One Solution to the World's Wars: Alternative Energy

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.10.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Crimea, once part of Ukraine, is now part of Russia (at least according to Putin). Yet so far, this dramatic move is being met with relatively weak responses from the United States and Europe.

Why Modern Consumers Crave Both Freedom and Structure

Troy Campbell | Posted 10.27.2014 | Business
Troy Campbell

Consider even the mundane phenomenon of self-serve frozen yogurt. The reason frozen yogurt has become so popular may not be entirely due to its taste, but to the opportunity for constrained creativity.

Preventing Jihadi Johns & Saving Future James Foleys: Research on Combatting Homegrown Terrorism & Radicalization

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

New research finds that potential terrorists cannot be identified using a single socio-economic profile. Similarly, at the individual level, homegrown terrorists are not driven by just one or even a prevalent set of motivations.

WATCH: A Formula For Happiness

Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 9:00 - 10:00am MDT (11:00am - 12:00pm EDT). Social scientists have cracked the code on happiness. By marrying ancient wisdom and new ...

So What Makes Malcolm Gladwell Such an Expert?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 08.17.2014 | Books
Dr. Jim Taylor

Once I switched hats from enthralled follower to the social scientist that I am, the bloom fell off the rose, as it were, as my feelings shifted from admiration to resentment at having fallen for his smoke-and-mirrors act.

Why Behavioral Economics Is Cool, and I'm Not

Adam Grant | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business
Adam Grant

Psychology has come a long way since Freud, but the brand hasn't caught up. Ideally, we'll start rebranding psychology as a source of interesting, rigorous ideas.

WATCH: How Your DNA May Have Influenced Your Marriage

Reuters | Posted 07.21.2014 | Science

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - He leaves the toilet seat up, prefers old Japanese monster movies to romantic comedies and fancies...

Here's The Real Reason You're Likely To Trust A Stranger

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 05.17.2014 | Science

It's one thing to trust someone you know, but quite another to trust a perfect stranger. And yet every day we trust people we've never met, from bank ...

Some Futurists Aren't Worried About Global Warming or Overpopulation

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 04.20.2014 | 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.