Our Personal Styles of Information Gathering

Sep 20, 2019

There are two kinds of people — and not just people. Rather, I should say, there are two kinds of sensory styles. This applies to animals, even to Roombas. Knowing those styles helps fix some common arguments. Think of sensory processing in general — the making sense of the world we...

Why Kangana Ranaut Is No Longer the “Empowered” Woman India Needs
Sep 18, 2019

Why Kangana Ranaut Is No Longer the “Empowered” Woman India Needs

Can Art Change the World?
Sep 17, 2019

Can Art Change the World?

Meghan McCain Blasts Pamela Anderson in an Act of Faith
Sep 12, 2019

Meghan McCain Blasts Pamela Anderson in an Act of Faith

Why Is the Radical Right Obsessed With Southern Africa?

Why Is the Radical Right Obsessed With Southern Africa?

Sep 12, 2019

In 2018, the President of the United States Donald Trump posted a rather enigmatic tweet about“farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers” by the South African government. What initially seemed puzzling was soon everywhere. A few days later, during the former UK...

Can Religious Communities Help Solve World Problems?

Can Religious Communities Help Solve World Problems?

Sep 05, 2019

People follow different paths to find meaning for their lives. For many, religion is a way of embracing spirituality. In a world plagued by loneliness, anxiety and conflict, religion can help people find peace of mind and inner calm. Since the beginning of time, humankind has resorted...

Education and Surveillance Are Merging in the UK

Education and Surveillance Are Merging in the UK

Sep 04, 2019

The United Kingdom has begun deploying what it calls reception baseline assessment for children entering primary school. It promises to “provide the basis for a new way of measuring the progress primary schools make with their pupils.” It sounds very rational, but according to a survey...

Why Addressing Social Factors Could Improve US Health Care

Why Addressing Social Factors Could Improve US Health Care

Aug 31, 2019

Health in the US is a tale of two starkly different realities. The better-off and well-connected are not only in a stronger position to receive care when they need it, but they also start off with advantages that have a tremendous effect on health — in housing, employment, stress levels, food...

The Real Strength of Morocco

The Real Strength of Morocco

Aug 28, 2019

Morocco's belief in the strength of pluralism has energized and shown me that difference can serve as a strength for any country, whether it is religious or secular, large or small, developed or developing. I was told that there are spiritual answers to the question, “Why Morocco?” —...

Twitter’s Software Engineering Leads to Mind Engineering

Twitter’s Software Engineering Leads to Mind Engineering

Aug 27, 2019

In an article published by The Week, technology columnist Navneet Alang recounts his successful attempt (at least for the moment) to wean himself off Twitter. Addicted since 2007, the author describes how Twitter has succeeded in deforming his perception of the world. At one point, he focuses...

The Notting Hill Carnival Remembers Grenfell Tower

The Notting Hill Carnival Remembers Grenfell Tower

Aug 26, 2019

It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon in Ladbroke Grove, West London. The Grenfell community has been preparing to welcome over a million people to the Notting Hill Carnival on August 25-26. I am sitting with Grenfell community leader and musician Niles Hailstones in a cafe across the street from...

10 Physics Tricks to Recover From Digital Decalibration

10 Physics Tricks to Recover From Digital Decalibration

Aug 23, 2019

This is a list of straightforward ways to feel better in the age of smartphones. This list can serve as a companion to an earlier edition of Tech Turncoat Truths listing how screens damage the human nervous system, and also to a peer-reviewed article making the same case. Here's the gist of...

Is America Really the “Land of the Free”?

Is America Really the “Land of the Free”?

Aug 22, 2019

Freedom is under attack around the world. Police are rounding up hundreds of opposition protesters in Moscow, while hundreds of thousands are protesting in Hong Kong for freer elections, a free press and freedom from extradition to China. Yet in the United States, the hard right is taking...

The Modern Racism of the Post-Soviet States

The Modern Racism of the Post-Soviet States

Aug 21, 2019

It should be recognized that there is a significant difference between European and post-Soviet right-wing radicalism. The difference between these two strands of radicalism is that the post-Soviet radicals are a large systemic element in the political structure in many countries of the former...

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