You know, there is one reason why I think the United States is an exceptional country, as the Republicans always insist. America is a very practical country, a do-it-yourself country. In the 19th century, the United States gave birth to Christian Science, because if Jesus can heal people, why can’t everybody? And, then, several decades … Continue reading “Why the United States is an exceptional country” by Mike Zonta, HWM
Not only is ‘Je suis excité’ not the appropriate way to convey excitement in French, but there seems to be no real way to express it at all. BBC Travel|getpocket.com Emily Monaco Julie Barlow: “The French don’t appreciate in conversation a kind of positive, sunny exuberance that’s really typical of Americans.” Credit: Norbert Scanella/Alamy. When … Continue reading Why the French Don’t Show Excitement
It’s the testosterone, don’t you know. Nautilus|getpocket.com Richard G. Bribiescas Years ago when I was conducting my doctoral research on the evolutionary history of men among a remote indigenous community of hunter-gatherers living in the forests of South America, I came across a man donning a well-worn baseball cap likely donated by missionaries. The cap … Continue reading Why Men Don’t Live as Long as Women
Political scientists have studied what our democracy is going through. It usually doesn’t end well. By THOMAS PEPINSKY October 31, 2019 Thomas Pepinsky is a professor of government at Cornell University and a nonresident senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. For decades, Republicans and Democrats fought over the same things: … Continue reading Why the Impeachment Fight Is Even Scarier Than You Think
“Not religious” has become a specific American identity—one that distinguishes secular, liberal whites from the conservative, evangelical right. SEP 26, 2019 (theatlantic.com) Derek Thompson Staff writer at The Atlantic The idea of American exceptionalism has become so dubious that much of its modern usage is merely sarcastic. But when it comes to religion, Americans really are exceptional. No rich … Continue reading Three Decades Ago, America Lost Its Religion. Why?
Can we cure the toxicity of male trauma and the resulting illnesses it creates? Mark Greene posted Dec 03, 2015 (yesmagazine.com) The traditional rules about how to be a “real man” in America are breaking down. Economic upheaval has shifted wage earning from men to their wives or partners. The rise of men as primary caregivers … Continue reading Why “Manning Up” is the Worst Thing To Do
Nikolaas Tinbergen’s concept of “supernormal stimulus” explains why humans are attracted to a heightened version of reality. KEVIN DICKINSON 14 February, 2019 (bigthink.com) According to Pornhub’s annual statistics, “hentai” and “cartoons” were among the most popular categories in 2018. Such pornography is a supernormal stimulus, an artificial object that triggers an animal’s instinctual response more … Continue reading Why are people sexually attracted to cartoons? Evolution.
Big Think Published on Sep 13, 2017 The start of the 20th century was the birth of a strange new reality in the United States. The advent of the moving image, of Hollywood and sudden celebrity, caused a quantum shift in how Americans thought about the experience of life. Actors were elevated to the status … Continue reading Why America Confuses Fantasy for Reality: Celebrity, Hollywood, & Disneyland | Kurt Andersen
By Martin Amis (bigthink.com) There is no substitute for thinking—although modern-day America may have you believing otherwise. Novelist Martin Amis attributes the recent surge in anti-intellectualism to the populist politics sweeping the United States. “Populism relies on a sentimental and, in fact, very old-fashioned view that the uneducated population knows better in its instincts than the … Continue reading Why populism is the greatest con in American politics
January 2, 2018 (bigthink.com) by SCOTTY HENDRICKS Pericles, the great Athenian leader, speaks of the greatness of liberty to the people of Athens. We have explained before that some of the greatest thinkers in history found reasons to reject democracy. Their critiques were many, and often very well thought out. Even for the most ardent supporter of … Continue reading Why Socrates Was Wrong About Democracy