“Why the United States is an exceptional country” by Mike Zonta, HWM

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

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Why are people sexually attracted to cartoons? Evolution.

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.

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Why America Confuses Fantasy for Reality: Celebrity, Hollywood, & Disneyland | Kurt Andersen

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

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Why populism is the greatest con in American politics

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

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Why Socrates Was Wrong About Democracy

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

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“Why Albert Einstein was a socialist”

February 23, 2018 (BigThink.com) by SCOTTY HENDRICKS Comrade Einstein? (Getty Images) We’ve discussed before what Einstein thought about god. As he was a brilliant man who thought deeply about many subjects, it can be of great use to learn his perspective on things. While he was a scientist first, his ideas on subjects outside his area of study … Continue reading “Why Albert Einstein was a socialist”

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The J Curve: A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall

The J Curve: A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall (Simon & Schuster: 2006) is a book by political scientist Ian Bremmer. It was named a “Book of the Year” in 2006 by The Economist.[1] Bremmer’s J Curve describes the relationship between a country’s openness and its stability; focusing on the notion that while many countries … Continue reading The J Curve: A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall

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“Why Socrates Hated Democracy, and What We Can Do about It” by Scotty Hendricks

October 8, 2017 (BigThink.com) Around the world, people of all ages are finding reason to be wary of democratic government. While the western world places a high value on democracy today, this wasn’t always the case. Some of the greatest minds in the history of western civilization had strong critiques of democracy. Critiques that we would be idiots to … Continue reading “Why Socrates Hated Democracy, and What We Can Do about It” by Scotty Hendricks

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“Why cities rule the world” by Robert Muggah & Benjamin Barber (ideas.ted.com)

iStock Cities are the the 21st century’s dominant form of civilization — and they’re where humanity’s struggle for survival will take place. Robert Muggah and Benjamin Barber spell out the possibilities. Half the planet’s population lives in cities. They are the world’s engines, generating four-fifths of the global GDP. There are over 2,100 cities with populations of … Continue reading “Why cities rule the world” by Robert Muggah & Benjamin Barber (ideas.ted.com)

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“Why We Need to Pick Up Alvin Toffler’s Torch” by Farhad Manjoo

In “Future Shock,” Alvin Toffler used the term to describe a real psychological malady stemming from too-rapid change. Credit Bettmann July 6, 2016 (New York Times) More than 40 years ago, Alvin Toffler, a writer who had fashioned himself into one of the first futurists, warned that the accelerating pace of technological change would soon make … Continue reading “Why We Need to Pick Up Alvin Toffler’s Torch” by Farhad Manjoo

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