Beyond Politics

In China, I remember explaining the concept of campaigning to my adult English students. They laughed as I walked from one to the next, energetically shaking their hands and smiling. “See class? That’s what we get to do in America that you all miss out on here.” Well, that and political ads and debates and…
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Lebron Vs. Michael: Another Example Of How We Warp Reality

Once again, sports offers an important look at people’s potential to skew the truth. Last time was about the hype of the NFL referee debacle. This time, we see humanity’s tendency to idolize. Recently on ESPN, two hosts were having a heated discussion about who is the best basketball player ever. As LeBron James continues…
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50 Shades Of Shame

Guest writer, Erin Fahey, shares her insight about the controversial book, 50 Shades of Grey.  We don’t have to look too far for sex. It’s often a medium to attract attention and push sales. Our curiosities keep us looking. But at the same time, sex is a private matter not to be discussed beyond the confines of a…
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Fake It ’til You Make It

We know that physical gestures are an indicator of how we feel, but can it go the other way? Is there truth to the idea that one can “act their way into being”? Social psychologist, Amy Cuddy, speaks below about the relationship between feelings and gestures. Some gestures are universal and inherent. Even the born-blind raise…
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Autumn In Minnesota…with Two French Women At A Winery

The colors and crisp weather make the upper Midwest a land many ought to envy. Something about the air in the autumn makes me feel more alive. In addition, harvest time is a recognition of a summer well done. I knew this fairly well as a boy due to my mother’s side of the family being…
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Liberals And Conservatives: Ideology Over Science

Just looking at the names: Conservative and Liberal (or Progressive), it’s logical to assume that the first group is going to be more apt to resist change: change in policy, style, fashion, technology, tradition, religion, etc. Sometimes what we discovery via science is the trigger for such change. So it makes sense that, at times,…
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The NFL Refs Debacle: A Case Study In Hype

Continuing the theme this week of looking at the evidence, let’s weigh in on the recently-resolved NFL referee uproar. Since the preseason of this NFL season, one topic has dominated sports pages, airwaves, and the Internet: the replacement referees. As the referee union and the NFL were at odds in negotiating their contract, a whole…
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Creationism Vs. Evolution

I saw a DVD in my public library called “Lies in the Textbook”. Before I had a chance to pick it up, assumptions came to mind. I thought it was going to be a jab at the way history books have been a product of the privileged pen. So I was surprised when I read…
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Anger Of Muslims Part 2: Making Sense In 3D

In the end and in the know everything makes sense. It does simply because it is. The problem is that we don’t always know the whole story. I took the isolated incidents of the anti-Islam video release and the extreme response to it and thought it very odd, as I have many times past, that…
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Anger Of Muslims

The narrative surrounding the protests and violence in the Middle East is that it is occurring because a film called Innocence of Muslims depicts Mohammed. It’s against Islamic law to create images of their prophet, and this movie certainly crosses that line as it has an actor portraying him. This same reason was credited for…
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