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Posts ordered from most recent to earliest.

  • A Message From Uber's New CEO -- From Uber's new CEO, an amazing email to employees with a major lesson about emotional intelligence. --
  • The US Nuclear Arsenal -- For those who don't remember the Cold War, an explanation of what everyone should know about nuclear weapons. --
  • How Did Marriage Become a Mark of Privilege? -- A story about the complex interrelationships between economic opportunity, marriage, & inequality. --
  • The Coming Software Apocalypse -- Need another mega worry? A story about how we don't know how to evaluate the risks associated with computer code. --
  • Russia's Hybrid Warriors -- For those who see civil society as part of the solution, news that it is being attacked by Russians hybrid warriors --
  • How Fake News Turned a Small Town Upside Down -- Fake news goes local, a story about how it tore apart one small town. --
  • Little Compromise on Compromising -- For those who favor compromise and moderation, Pew Research opinion data on opposition to compromise! --
  • Poverty In Academia -- The plight of adjunct faculty, a story for those who think that exploitation is limited to unskilled workers. --
  • The Trump Voter Paradox -- Thomas Edsall's well-documented explanation of the political implications of the psychological geography of the US. --
  • Will There Be War? -- Assessing the risk of war with North Korea: inflammatory rhetoric, war preparations, & the risk of miscommunication --
  • Ineffective Campaign Outreach -- If true, a surprising finding with far-reaching implications - most campaign outreach has zero effect on voters! --
  • Kneeling Vs. Winning -- A provocative comparison of football kneeling protests with King era civil rights strategy. --
  • Is AI Riding a One-Trick Pony? -- For those interested in heavy thinking, an explanation of how artificial intelligence works (and doesn't). --
  • The War Against Boys -- Understanding other perspectives & points of view, a classic older article on the "war against boys." --
  • Las Vegas Shooting & Fake News -- Disturbing story about how algorithms from Google, Facebook and others spread fake news about Las Vegas. --
  • Undercover With The Alt-Right -- An undercover window into the world of white supremacists. Don't overgeneralize, very few people are like this. --
  • Extended Adolescence -- Another window into how changing social conditions are leading to changing lifestyles and cultures (& conflicts). --
  • Can Centrism Be a Movement? -- Can centrism in the pursuit of compromise and common ground be a political movement? I sure hope so! --
  • The Research Pirates of the Dark Web -- For those concerned about the stranglehold that journal publishers have placed on academic research... --
  • Another Take on Cheap Speech -- More on the debate over what to do about the "cheap speech" problem. --
  • The Danger of Foreign Propaganda -- From former UN Amb. Samantha Power , a sobering explanation of "Why Foreign Propaganda Is More Dangerous Now." --
  • The Invisible Threat -- Amidst the focus on nuclear proliferation, an argument for taking the biological weapons threat more seriously. --
  • Cheap Speech -- Speech in "America is fast, cheap, and out-of-control"--ideas for addressing the "cheap speech" problem. --
  • Facebook's Ad Scandal -- The Facebook/Russian ad scandal reveals the dark side of Facebook's business model (It's a feature not a 'fail'). --
  • Love in the Time of Individualism -- A window into the rapidly changing nature of romantic relationships (and the resulting cultural conflicts). --

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