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When Animals Disappear, So Do Our Social Structures

Avital Andrews | Posted 10.10.2014 | Green
Avital Andrews

Research out of UC Berkeley and UC Santa Barbara is providing evidence that a decline in animals actually means that our social structures are crumbling.

More Than a Label

S. L. Young | Posted 10.06.2014 | Black Voices
S. L. Young

Remember that a word can only be a limiter if it's believed to be a true descriptor of you; therefore, define and live by your own positive words to help make your dreams and others come true.

Climate Change - Through the Looking Glass

David Saddington | Posted 10.07.2014 | Green
David Saddington

The public communication of climate change has been so heavily based within science that we have now come to a strange place indeed. We are able to look at changes occurring to the Earth in a completely objective way.

Why Don't People Care When It Doesn't Affect Them?

Gil Laroya | Posted 09.26.2014 | Impact
Gil Laroya

As I sat down to write one of my latest pieces on domestic violence, my buddy turns to me and snidely asks "Why do you care so much about domestic vio...

What Makes Society Unfair?

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 09.08.2014 | World

Many of us feel that our societies are a little – or even plain totally – ‘unfair’. But we have a hard time explaining our sense of injustice ...

Permission and Prohibition

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 09.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Re-examining our behaviors regarding permission and prohibitions in the realm of body, mind (belief systems), feelings and socio-cultural practices can be beneficial to our health and well-being.

The Big Binge Theory

Faith Popcorn | Posted 09.05.2014 | Business
Faith Popcorn

From food and alcohol to dating and entertainment, our consumption habits are morphing in shocking ways. The operating principle is a gleeful "gimme more!"

How It's Easier to Become a St. Louis Police Officer Than a Barber

Nikolas Katsimpras | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Nikolas Katsimpras

Barbers and hairdressers, like Dionne Flowers of St. Louis, are an integral part of the society. The inconceivable, unknown detail in this story is that Dionne had more training for her license as a hairdresser, than the officers who pulled the trigger on Kajieme Powel had for their licenses.

My Story of Depression, Culture and Community

Giovannah Philippeaux | Posted 09.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Giovannah Philippeaux

My family did the best they could, but like in many Caribbean and African-American families, the symptoms and afflictions of depression were never addressed. At best, you get prayed over or, in my case, you get offered the option of an exorcism.

Arguments Against Raising Minimum Wage Don't Hold Up

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

One in four U.S. employees are low-wage workers. That is 20 percent higher than in the United Kingdom, and the highest percentage among industrialized nations. So how'd that all anti-union stuff work out?

Racist Bullying Needs to Stop: We Cannot Become Desensitized to 10-Year-Olds Hanging Themselves

PP Wong | Posted 10.20.2014 | Education
PP Wong

Kids are expelled for drugs or carrying knives. They are given detention when they swear or wear the wrong shoes. So why is racist bullying not taken as seriously? Why do many teachers close their eyes to name calling and "small" scuffles?

#SoBrave

Lauren Galley | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
Lauren Galley

When one thinks of the word brave, we think of someone heroic, such as our tireless firefighters, policemen who risk their lives daily or even a circus performer on the trapeze high in the air.

Suicide... An Unpardonable Sin?

Steve McSwain | Posted 10.15.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

So, with Robin Williams, and others like him and their families, it is my sincere hope the Church will respond to this with compassion, understanding, and with openness. We need many informed and humane conversations around the issue of suicide.

Are You a Repetitive Buffoon or a Cunning Linguist?

Carl Pettit | Posted 10.04.2014 | Comedy
Carl Pettit

Here are nine hackneyed social observations you can test yourself against in order to determine if you're a witty social guru or merely a repetitive buffoon.

Honor Your Elimination

Miriam Ava | Posted 10.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Miriam Ava

Every princess pees and poops several times every day, if her digestive tract is healthy. So why are we being uptight about our needs? Society and ...

The Need For Common Language In a Society

Gil Laroya | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Gil Laroya

The question of why a society functions better when its native language is spoken is a very basic one, with obvious answers. So why then, do so many immigrants, many who have lived here for more than 5 years, not speak English?

#AOLBUILD Meets Founder Reshma Saujani @GirlsWhoCode

AOL BUILD | Posted 09.14.2014 | Technology
AOL BUILD

Saujani is a self-proclaimed "Feminist with a capital F" and while she asks "Where are the women?," she definitely knows where they should be: EVERYWHERE.

How Millennials Make Age a Negative

Gil Laroya | Posted 09.10.2014 | Technology
Gil Laroya

In the past, those of us who have been around for awhile earned a sort of de facto respect from society. If you lived long enough to learn what you've...

Dogs and Us -- Is It Getting Just a Little Bit Strange?

Trish Mitchell | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Trish Mitchell

I think we've started to make a fetish out of Fido. Throwing him birthday parties, dressing him up for the holidays, organizing doggy weddings. Do you have any idea how many dogs have their own Twitter accounts? Lots.

Yagana Shah

9 Everyday Things That Used To Be Totally Taboo

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 07.13.2014 | Fifty

Many of the freedoms we take for granted today weren't enjoyed by generations before us, believe it or not. And we're not just talking about the big t...

Can Digital Devices Replace Interpreters?

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 09.08.2014 | Technology
Lydia L. Callis

There is comfort in being able to communicate without regard to time or distance but somehow all this personal contact seems so impersonal, so two dimensional, so unnatural... Are we all truly eager to replace all human interaction with virtual realities?

This Divorcee Believes in Marriage

Amy Koko | Posted 09.06.2014 | Divorce
Amy Koko

I believe in marriage and I believe this new generation has a shot at getting it right. They know each other better, they have more life experiences, they have goals and aspirations that they tackle as a couple. They get it.

The Lower (Lower) East Side

Greg Jacobs | Posted 08.31.2014 | New York
Greg Jacobs

While the Lower East Side north of Delancey is being infiltrated by frat stars and state school grads, the Lower East Side below Delancey is seeing a rebirth of creative, unique, and amazing stores, galleries, and my favorite, restaurants.

How to Make Friends on the Rapid 7 Metro: The Problems and Perks of Being a Weirdo

Ryan Chapin Mach | Posted 08.31.2014 | Los Angeles
Ryan Chapin Mach

Generally, there's not a lot of behavior that will faze the people on the Rapid 7 to Santa Monica, but on my commute home the other day, they proved something I'd long suspected: everybody hates a loud talker.

Should Cryonics, Cryothanasia, and Transhumanism Be Part of the Euthanasia Debate?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 08.21.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The medical field of preserving the dead for possible future life is quickly improving every year.