When a college degree no longer guarantees a good job after leaving university, maybe it's time to be less pragmatic about career choices and prefer a cultural education to a vocational one.
In his new book, Clay Shirky says that what we do with our free time is changing: from passive TV watching to active online engagement, we are motivated by a desire for self-fulfillment.
"Nowhere is it written that the United States can never decline," says Richard Posner in his analysis of the economic problems befalling the E.U. and U.S. He and Gary Becker propose solutions.
Evolutionary biology may explain differences in mortality risks between genders, says Daniel Kruger at the University of Michigan; men take more risks to attract a mate, i.e. to have sex.
Ross Douthat asks why adoption is so difficult while going to a fertility clinic is so easy, especially when children of anonymous sperm donors often have deep psychological dilemmas.
Barry Estabrook says the common knowledge that locally grown food is the most sustainable form of agriculture is incomplete and should allow for regional distribution networks.
Only recently has vegetarianism become a diet that could survive natural selection, so could it be that vegetarians are smarter than the rest of us? Surprisingly strong evidence says yes.
Is China a friendly giant? Despite the fact that North Korea's aggressive behavior threatens China, the Chinese are so far reluctant to support international action against its neighbor.
While Facebook's current privacy setting have created an outcry, history is filled with examples of social norms conforming to technological developments, writes The Wall Street Journal.
Should humans harmonize with nature of seek to manipulate and master it? These two polar views of man's role on earth could determine whether we survive climate change, says Tikkun.
"Retirement, like other post-industrial inventions like electricity or television, has become a luxury we’ve come to expect and rely upon," says the Economist, but it hasn't always been this way.
Generation Y is often mocked for its narcissism and supreme self confidence, but Judith Warner writes that pumped-up egos may be just the thing for weathering our economic storm.
Nancy Cohen at the L.A. Times says the traditional terms "pro-choice" and "pro-life" are too simplistic to have a constructive debate over abortion; she calls for more nuanced language.
The British Petroleum rig spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico pales in comparison to amount of oil spilled annually in Nigeria, a reminder of the double standard when it comes to poor countries.
"The things patients complain about, like excessive noise, may be more than a nuisance. They may actually be bad for their health," writes Drake Bennett on noise pollution in hospitals.