The Australian anthropologist Sarah Thornton has completed a study of the art world and traced its hierarchies and status-seekers just as she did the London party scene.
The incomprehensibility of quantum physics is responsible for the rise of postmodern social theories which reject the notion of a stable, immutable truth.
Mark Twain asked that his biography not be published until 100 years after his death. "He was certainly a man who knew how to make people want to buy a book," says its publisher.
The good news is Americans are living longer than ever; the bad news is this increases the chances of getting Alzheimer's, and no preventative treatment has proven successful.
Matthew Lynn at Bloomberg says Germany would do better to leave the Euro currency than impose domestic market reforms like bans on short-selling and speculation.
Naturally occurring bacteria, which are the only real solution to the Gulf oil spill, are much more effective than any lab-grown microbe—further proof that man cannot best mother nature.
Without disputing the immorality of Confederate slavery, the role it played in igniting the Civil War remains debatable among historians a century and half since Appomattox.
"We may not have free will, but we have 'free wont', which is as good as saying we're not totally deterministic. So far so good," writes Dr. David Rock.
Should the next generation learn Chinese? "Despite China’s rise, Chinese isn’t the world language of the future; the writing system simply makes it far too hard," says Robert Green.
“Overuse injuries, overtraining and burnout among child and adolescent athletes are a growing problem in the United States," says pediatrician Dr. Joel S. Brenner.
"Dubbed the 'best-known Muslim in all of Europe,' a 'Muslim Martin Luther,' and 'the prophet of a new Euro-Islam'", Tariq Ramadan is a Muslim reformist worth considering.
Though nearly every university has a women's studies department, the lack of men's studies in a time of declining male performance is an issue some professors are confronting.
What moves the world and its institutions are highly changeable emotions of groups of individuals, not rational decision making, says author and sociologist John Casti.
West Philadelphia high school has entered two cars into the X-Prize competition which requires production-ready models that get over 100 miles per gallon.
Once a darling of the left, Christopher Hitchens turned to support neo-conservative foreign policy and has written a new memoir about his political evolution.