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The age of the crap artist

The age of the crap artist

Some years ago, we arrived at the age of the “news clown.” It’s the age of realization of characters such as Philip K. Dick’s once fictional newscaster Jim-Jam Brisken, someone who runs for president in a flaming red wig. But we’re past that, now. No, not past Philip K. Dick; we’ve simply moved to another […] … learn more→

Why America needs the virtues of humility

Why America needs the virtues of humility

In a recent speech full of allusions to Bible verses and Christian hymns at the National Baptist Convention in Kansas City, Hillary Clinton focused on Christian humility. She acknowledged that “Humility is not something you hear much about in politics.” But, she said, it should be. Those who truly understand “the awesomeness of power and […] … learn more→

Points-based immigration: dumped because it lets in too many of the 'right' people

Points-based immigration: dumped because it lets in too many of the ‘right’ people

The new UK prime minister, Theresa May, didn’t take long to dump the idea of a post Brexit points-based Australian immigration system once it was suggested that UK universities might find it a better way to safeguard the flow of international students. Why? Because, in Australia, immigration is actually higher per capita than it is […] … learn more→

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→