A Harvard psychologist says we group people into two broad categories: "moral agents" and "moral patients"; those who take action and those who receive the actions of others.
Did Obama abuse the power of the Presidency when he told BP to create a $20 billion escrow account? "Yes," say Nobel Laureate Gary Becker and Judge Richard Posner at the U of Chicago.
"The finance industry, regulators, and political leaders need to create a shared sense of collective responsibility for the system as a whole," says Nobel Laureate Michael Spense.
"The mass-deportation fantasies of some restrictionists notwithstanding, the great majority of 'illegals' are here to stay." The New Yorker draws the borderlines of the real immigration debate.
"Any effort to bring peace between Israelis and Palestinians must reckon with the fact that bitter experience has taught many Israelis to doubt that their foes want a lasting concord."
"Us ranchers on the Great Plains are used to adapting. City folk could learn much from the way we use our scarce resources." One conservationist rancher writes about her hopes for The Guardian.
"For people with depression the world really does look dull. That's because their ability to perceive contrast is impaired." A new experiment could help diagnose clinical depression.
"The most underrepresented groups on elite campuses often aren’t racial minorities; they’re working-class whites (and white Christians in particular) from conservative states and regions."
The American credit crisis was a direct result of widening income inequality, says Daniel Indiviglio at The Atlantic. Achieving the American Dream came to mean drowning in debt.
"The public health establishment has been wrong before. The best advice that government can give citizens is to develop their own diet and exercise plans." Read it at the L.A. Times.
"If you look back on history, you get the sense that scientific discoveries used to be easy. Today, it takes ever more money, more effort, and more people to find out new things."
"This week, the government released thousands of previously classified documents on the war in Vietnam. Bob Kerrey on why we should pay attention." Read it at The Daily Beast.
"Plants can transmit information 'from leaf to leaf in a very similar way to our own nervous systems,' BBC News wrote." Scientific American examines the implications of this observation.
"What Egypt needs is a durable social movement that decades from now can influence politicians and decision-makers." Osama Diab at The Guardian is nostalgic for flower power.
"The Pacific island hoped the sale of its '.tv' suffix to websites would boost its troubled economy. Now it says it is being deprived of millions in royalties." The Independent reports.