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People Watching: Harmless or Perverted?

Candace Davis | Posted 07.07.2014 | Travel
Candace Davis

I can't help but notice that people watching is taking Europe by storm this summer. I was in Venice a few weeks ago and some friends were people watching to waste time.

The Secret Identities of Co-Workers

Liz Reed | Posted 06.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Liz Reed

Our secret identities are so often our passion, which explains why it is so easy to share that other side of you when people ask about it. I recently quit my 9 to 5 to do something I loved doing even more -- making comics.

The Hidden "You" in You

Frank A. Weil | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

There is a lot of fascinating work being done about how our minds work and how memories are formed, stored and recalled. I am full of admiration for t...

The Flowering of Feminism in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 06.28.2014 | World
John Feffer

The feminist movement, which gathered strength in the 1960s and 1970s in the West, arrived in East-Central Europe much later. Women's equality was a stated principle of the Communist governments, and official women's organizations operated in all of the countries.

Our Brains on Art

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Patricia Leavy, PhD

Beginning with the power of fiction, there is a growing body of scholarship on the relationship between neuroscience and literature, often referred to as literary neuroscience.

Super-Size My Foyer: On Size and Snark of McMansions

Kimann Schultz | Posted 06.17.2014 | HuffPost Home
Kimann Schultz

I came upon an article "McMansions: An Architectural Parable on the Death of the American Dream," which points to its originating article "Let Them Ea...

Cultivate a Sisterhood

Colleen Crinion | Posted 05.28.2014 | Women
Colleen Crinion

Take some time to thank the women in your life who are supportive and who believe in you. And remember, it's not just about surrounding yourself with lots of women. It's about having a sisterhood.

Underlying Assumptions of Regnerus's Claims

Brandon Andrew Robinson | Posted 05.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Brandon Andrew Robinson

Why is a rise in heterosexual people practicing anal sex negative? Regnerus offered no empirical data to support this claim (and no evidence exists that I know of), but nonetheless, somehow this claim is supposed to make the rise of gay marriage be bad.

Dear Mr. Kristof, Get to Know the Facts (and We've Been Here All This Time, Too)

Matthew W. Hughey | Posted 04.20.2014 | Education
Matthew W. Hughey

Rather than debate over whether Kristof wants to engage in a blame-game against professors or if he simply misses the material conditions of social change to which all of us -- professors included -- are subject, I'd like to take on some of his premises that did strike me as blatantly wrong-headed.

Taking the 'Care' out of Care Work? Men in Nursing

Tristan Bridges | Posted 04.14.2014 | Women
Tristan Bridges

The distinction between "caring" and "curing" is a gendered one, and it is part of what maintains existing occupational segregation in healthcare.

Leading (and Teaching) for the Common Good

D. Michael Lindsay | Posted 03.28.2014 | College
D. Michael Lindsay

The great thing about being a college president is that I get to connect with a much wider network of students than I did as a professor. The chance to work with students is what drew me to higher education in the first place. So this semester, I'm returning to the classroom to teach one of my favorite classes.

You Don't Have to Be a Quarterback

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.27.2014 | Sports
William B. Bradshaw

In life all of us need to realize that leaders are very important, but leaders alone in any field of endeavor cannot get the job done. It takes a team: all the members of the executive committee.

What Research About Transgender People Can Teach Us About Gender and Inequality

Tristan Bridges | Posted 03.26.2014 | Women
Tristan Bridges

Most people think of gender as some kind of inalienable property of individuals -- as something we either are or have. Decades of scholarship on gender have uncovered a perspective at odds with the conventional wisdom.

On '12 Years a Slave' and Why We Enjoy Watching Others Suffer

Nel McDonald | Posted 03.25.2014 | Entertainment
Nel McDonald

12 Years a Slave is not the first film to assail its audience with a harrowing tale of human suffering. I am now left wondering why droves of people would willingly, and maybe even eagerly, go to the cinema to experience something so relentlessly bleak.

An Essay on Prejudice: A Statistical Approach

Anuraag Girdhar | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Anuraag Girdhar

In the ideal world, if we all were statisticians, had perfect data, and approached everything objectively, we would distill the portion of stereotypes that were actually real and omit the portion that are societal caricatures.

Why Do People (Still) Text And Drive?

Scott W. Campbell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Scott W. Campbell

Despite laws, media campaigns and increased awareness, texting behind the wheel persists, raising the question of "Why?"

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.

Social(organ)ism

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Socialism is a dirty word, perhaps deservedly so. But the real trouble resides with our persistent use, and misuse, of a word we made dirty. Vocabulary so encumbered is like bathwater we refuse to drain; it takes on an opacity that quite obscures the baby

We Are Not All Trayvon Martin

Susan Henking | Posted 10.06.2013 | Chicago
Susan Henking

I am gratified that this is a time in this country when a young white woman can express public outrage at the killing of a young black man. And yet, we are most definitely not all Trayvon Martin.

The Best Vacations You Take Are the Ones That Expand Your Inner World

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 06.26.2013 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

When you reach the midlife years and beyond, travel is as much about expanding your mind as it is about getting away from it all.

The Collapse of Complex Societies: Review

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 06.01.2013 | Books
Ricardo B. Salinas

The book helps to understand our history and extrapolate lessons to the delicate global situation of public finances, especially since governments that claim to be the solution to the global crisis often represent the problem.

Our Stubborn Reluctance To Believe

Saul Segan | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Saul Segan

Ever notice when someone encounters an unhappy circumstance, they deem themselves being punished? Yet, when an incredible chain of remedial events take place, and they are rescued or delivered from a dilemma or catastrophe, they merely "lucked out?"

The Real News of Anthropology

Paul Stoller | Posted 04.28.2013 | College
Paul Stoller

These are hard times in the humanities and social sciences, times made much worse -- at least in the world of the media -- by the latest anthropological flare-up over the publication of Napoleon Chagnon's new memoir, Noble Savages.

Kentucky Writer Explores the Complexities of Arab and Jewish Women in the American South

Leah Singer | Posted 04.23.2013 | Books
Leah Singer

When most people think of Arabs and Jews, they usually don't think of the American South as the traditional settling place for these very two ethnic groups. Yet it may come as a surprise that several Arabs and Jews call Kentucky home.

The Wayfarer: An Interview With Martha Beck

Mark Matousek | Posted 03.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Matousek

Martha Beck's most recent book, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World, is both brilliant and filled with life-changing insights. I sat down with Beck for a half-hour phone chat about the book.