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Posts ordered from most recent to earliest.

  • The Arithmetic of Compassion -- Interesting exploration of the relationship between compassion and group size (tragedies and statistics). --
  • The Costs of Growth -- A provocative exploration of the relationship between economic growth and efforts to limit climate change. --
  • Climate Change and Our Relationship with Nature -- For the Climate Change Conference–-an interesting essay on the relationship between the social and natural worlds. --
  • The Need for a New Atomic Age -- Are destructive conflict dynamics undermining new nuclear technologies that could help limit climate change? --
  • Community Education Reform -- A really interesting community-based rather than an individually-focused educational reform strategy. --
  • World War III -- For those worried about “perfect storm” conflict–-a comparison between current events at the start of World War I. --
  • Reigning in University Costs -- An exceptionally good essay on how to address the runaway costs and other problems of higher education. --
  • Everyone Feels They're Losing in Politics -- Interesting poll--everybody but well-educated Democrats think that they’re losing. --
  • Fear of Terrorism during Presidential Elections -- A well reasoned and documented essay on the US political implications of the increasing fear of terrorism. --
  • Poverty and Decision Making -- For those interested in neuropsychology and conflict, an essay on how poverty changes the way that people think. --
  • Red States and Social Safety Nets -- A must-read article explaining why efforts to strengthen the social safety net don’t have more political support. --
  • Truths about Terrorism -- An especially thoughtful essay on how to realistically (and less hysterically) frame the terrorism problem. --
  • Global Views on Democracy -- Largely hopeful global survey of public opinions regarding democracy. --
  • Our Behavior and Stereotypes -- A podcast with a really engaging explanation of how stereotyping influences our behavior. --
  • Regulating Assisted Evolution -- A persuasive article explaining why we need to improve society’s ability to wisely regulate genetic technology. htt --
  • Engaging Perspectives on Sexuality -- A much more constructive way of continuing the inevitable conflict over same-sex marriage and related issues. http: --
  • Robots and a Changing Economy -- Two informative reports on the impact that the coming generation of robots will have on labor markets and conflict. --
  • Fact-checking the Mass Incarceration Debate -- Fact checker article on the misleading political debate on the mass incarceration problem. --
  • Rebel Political Action Committees -- A new word, “ScamPAC” -- political action committees that foster hostility for financial gain. --
  • Liberals are Losing the Culture Wars -- Persuasive argument dispelling the myth that US culture wars may be ending with “progressive” victory. --
  • Middle-class Deaths of Despair -- The startling increase in white middle-class death rates reveals an underlying despair driving US political conflic --
  • Feedback Loops of Inequality -- Examples of the way in which positive and negative feedback loops contribute to the United States’ political divide --
  • Nepal's Mass Communication on Governance -- A mass communication-based strategy for changing the way in which the people of Nepal think about governance. http: --
  • Conflict Mapping Syria -- Conflict mapping (of the Syrian conflict) in the mainstream US press. Interesting and positive development. http:// --
  • What are Palestinians' Goals? -- Hard question worth considering: Might Oslo’s failure stem from a misunderstanding of Palestinian goals? --