"It is the poor, not the rich, who are inclined to charity." The Economist reports on a study that finds the less affluent are quicker to compassion and more willing to give to the needy.
"People who fake symptoms of mental illness can convince themselves that they genuinely have those symptoms, a new study suggests." Scientific American on the power of the mind.
"Why learn about the glass ceiling in a sociology class if you are going to hit it anyway a decade after graduation?" A liberal arts professor meditates on the the liberal arts conundrum.
"I'm sure that Julian Assange is now regarded as one of the very most dangerous men and he should be quite proud of that," says Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers.
"Chevy Volt will sell for $41,000 before a federal tax credit, while the Nissan Leaf will go for $32,780 before the credit. The two cars are trying to jump-start the US electric-car industry."
Steve Chapman attends a National Organization for Marriage speech and sees how defenders of traditional marriage hope to use their raucous critics to their own advantage.
Jayne Merkel, architectural historian and critic, locates the moment in American architectural history when less ceased to be more and inspiration was found in yesterday's buildings.
Job retraining seems like an ideal solution for the unemployed, but problems persist. Are Americans being trained for the right jobs, and what if nobody is hiring in the first place?
"Overall, social support increases survival by some 50 percent, concluded the authors behind a new meta-analysis." Scientific American reports on the effects of our spreading social isolation.
"According to a controversial new theory, our emotions have evolved as tools to manipulate others into cooperating with us." The New Scientist says emotions are the currency of relationships.
"We'll increasingly be defined by what we say no to," says Paul Graham. The essayist writes that technological development creates addictive products from drugs to the Internet.
A private university in England has changed their curriculum to offer a two-year degree and its students highly approve. A two-year degree may make more economic sense in our times.
"An anthropologist argues that polygamy is harmful as Canada considers whether having multiple wives is a constitutional right." Our neighbors to the North take a surprising turn.
History professor Mark LeVine examines the complex relationships between immigration, globalization, and natural resource extraction. He sees a system that stratifies wealth.
A new study by economists Mark Zandi and Alan Blinder says the U.S. economic stimulus averted a worse downturn, says The Guardian. Conservatives maintain the spending was ineffective.