“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

Why the Impeachment Fight Is Even Scarier Than You Think

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

Three Decades Ago, America Lost Its Religion. Why?

“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?

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.

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

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

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

“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”

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