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The diverse spectrum of diversity

The diverse spectrum of diversity

The discipline of economics has come in for a rough time since the 2008 crash. Not only did economists largely fail to predict what would happen, but many of their critics felt that the discipline shared some responsibility for the disaster. Economic orthodoxy, it was said, advanced a spurious set of models that had served […] … learn more→

Language could be humankind’s most impressive technological invention

Language could be humankind’s most impressive technological invention

Humans have speculated about the emergence of language and linguistic diversity since Antiquity. Perhaps the earliest reference to this question is in the book of Genesis in the Judeo-Christian Bible. In this narrative, God spoke to Adam and gave him authority to name every being in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve could apparently […] … learn more→

Banned Books Awareness: “Their Eyes Were Watching God”

Banned Books Awareness: “Their Eyes Were Watching God”

This is a republish of this article Written in 1937 by Zora Neale Hurston, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” tells the story of Janie Crawford, a 16-year-old whose grandmother decides to marry her off to a well-respected man in the community. Fellow censored author, Alice Walker, had this to say about the book: “There is […] … learn more→

Psychology behind the unfunny consequences of jokes that denigrate

Psychology behind the unfunny consequences of jokes that denigrate

Q: Why did the woman cross the road? A: Who cares! What the hell is she doing out of the kitchen? Q: Why hasn’t NASA sent a woman to the moon? A: It doesn’t need cleaning yet! These two jokes represent disparagement humor – any attempt to amuse through the denigration of a social group […] … learn more→

The number of grandparents raising grandchildren is up, thanks in part to the opioid epidemic

The number of grandparents raising grandchildren is up, thanks in part to the opioid epidemic

Robin Eschman has raised or helped raise two biological children, seven children who came to her through long-term relationships, and 11 grandchildren. She’s 55 and lives with her partner, Debra Weathers, in the Atlanta metro area. At one point, there were 10 kids in the house at the same time. The family bought food in […] … learn more→

Banned Books Awareness: “The Martian Chronicles”

Banned Books Awareness: “The Martian Chronicles”

This is a republish of this article The world of literature lost a legend when Ray Bradbury passed away. His visions of futuristic worlds set to a backdrop of present-day social commentary has inspired and enthralled readers for decades in classics such as The Illustrated Man, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Fahrenheit 451. But […] … learn more→

How three-day weekends can help save the world (and us too)

How three-day weekends can help save the world (and us too)

Almost everyone enjoys a bank holiday. A three-day weekend means more time to spend with family and friends, to go out and explore the world, and to relax from the pressures of working life. Imagine if, rather than a few times a year, we had a three-day weekend every week. This isn’t just a nice […] … learn more→

Teachers have a crucial role to play in building social cohesion

Teachers have a crucial role to play in building social cohesion

1994 was a deeply important year for South Africa. It ushered in a democratic society committed to the eradication of racism, sexism and all forms of discrimination. It brought political change that promised the building of a “rainbow nation” committed to the ideas of equity and redress. There have been many accomplishments and significant changes […] … learn more→

Investing in science can help put food on Africa’s plates

Investing in science can help put food on Africa’s plates

Food shortages, hunger, starvation and long-term food security are not new issues in Africa, nor elsewhere in the developing world. Food security means that all people, at all times, have both physical and economic access to enough food for an active, healthy life. The most recent figures suggest that food security is far from a […] … learn more→

Mandela effect rising?

Mandela effect rising?

I’m in the mood to talk about something besides higher education (it does happen), and something recently just blew my mind. The Mandela Effect is a relatively recent (or at least recently defined) phenomenon, where a certain proportion of the population doesn’t remember what is considered “accepted” reality, instead recalling things slightly differently. It comes […] … learn more→