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Where Life Is, Hope Can Survive

Where Life Is, Hope Can Survive

It needs to be said that, unlike some more recent cultures, the joy-loving and disarmingly honest ancient Greeks did not believe that suffering ennobled, educated, or improved the character of… READ MORE

The Myth of Limited Government

The Myth of Limited Government

Ronnie Janoff-Bulman— The call for limited government is a recurring theme in Republican politics. Ronald Reagan’s refrain that government is the problem, not the solution, has taken many rhetorical forms… READ MORE

Mixed Signals: A Conversation with Uri Gneezy

Mixed Signals: A Conversation with Uri Gneezy

In Mixed Signals: How Incentives Really Work, Uri Gneezy explains why incentives often fail and demonstrates how the right incentives can change behavior by aligning the signals for better results. Here, he… READ MORE

Brainwashing—A Bubbe-meise?

Brainwashing—A Bubbe-meise?

Joel E. Dimsdale— When I tell people I am interested in brainwashing, I get mixed responses. “Isn’t that kind of a stale, musty topic—Communists, bad science, and all that stuff?”… READ MORE

Pandemic Grief

Pandemic Grief

Dorothy P. Holinger— A friend recently told me, “I’m irritable, sad, and I get mad so easily. I can’t seem to get anything done. I don’t know what’s the matter… READ MORE

The Context Of Meaning

The Context Of Meaning

Nick Chater— In an ever more mechanized world, and with science revealing the hidden processes of nature with ever more precision, the desire to reassert the value of the non-mechanical,… READ MORE

What Got Antivaxxers to Vax in New York City

What Got Antivaxxers to Vax in New York City

Richard Robb— In fall 2018, measles returned to New York City. It was hardly surprising, given the alarmingly widespread resistance to vaccination. According to a recent survey, 2% of Americans believe… READ MORE

Understanding Empathy

Understanding Empathy

Susan Lanzoni— “Where does the mind stop and the rest of the world begin?” asked the philosophers Andy Clark and David Chalmers in 1998, considering the case of Otto, a… READ MORE

The Origin of Empathy

The Origin of Empathy

Susan Lanzoni— Is it possible to empathize with lines in an abstract design, with the expansive reach of a tree, the sweep of a bird’s flight, or the imposing rise… READ MORE

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