Why High-Class People Get Away With Incompetence In season four of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” Paul Rudd plays a wealthy businessman named Bobby Newport who runs for city council because he’s looking for something “easy” to do. He is asked … Continue reading Elites and competence
Making the Social Leap: A Conversation on How Our Psychology Evolved Shortly after the publication of his new book, The Social Leap, I spoke to William von Hippel at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore at the University of Chicago. The Social … Continue reading The social leap
The missing ingredient in today’s debates? Generosity In the early 1960s a white student who had seen Malcolm X speak at her college went to the Nation of Islam restaurant in New York to challenge him on his philosophy. “Don’t … Continue reading Polarisation and anomie
With Smarter Living, the New York Times Is Making an Old Bet on Service Journalism I have been thinking a lot about what to say no to in my life. Second dates with people who are just fine, a new … Continue reading How to make decisions
New Love Nudge App Could Solve All Your Stress And Relationship Woes Giving your partner a gentle “nudge” to do something has now gone digital. App Love Nudge for Couples, based on well-known marriage counselor, Gary Chapman’s, “5 Love Languages” … Continue reading Love language
Why transparency is much more than just disclosing information When Mark Zuckerberg boasts that Facebook is “making the world more transparent,” many people shudder or roll their eyes. But when the Dalai Lama teaches that “honesty and transparency are a … Continue reading The need of transparency
The Disturbing, Surprisingly Complex Relationship Between White Identity Politics and Racism In her new book, “White Identity Politics,” the Duke political scientist Ashley Jardina examines the increasing relevance of white identity in America. Drawing on data from American National Election … Continue reading Is racial identity important?