A growing number of artists are "rummaging through the life sciences in search of materials, ideas, cosmic verities, tragicomic homilies, personal agency, a personal agent, a way to stand out in the crowd."
"If the United States is to have a sustainable toehold in Asia, Washington has to start paying serious attention to some countries in the region that are not China or India," writes Ernest Bower.
When it comes to compliments "we often hear what we want to hear," writes Elizabeth Bernstein. If we are feeling secure it's easy to register the praise, but not in times of self-doubt.
"The proper function of spies is to remind those who rely on spies that the kinds of thing found out by spies can’t be trusted," notes Malcolm Gladwell.
"The age-old atavistic lust for war ... never really goes away," writes Evan Thomas. "It is too fundamental to the male psyche."
Recent research suggests that people all over the world might be modeling themselves after characters on soap operas—and that their lives are improved as a result.
"The secret of excellent proofreading is caring intensely about getting things right and loathing error with an intensity that perhaps only fascism or an alimony-collecting ex-wife deserves," writes Joseph Epstein.
Group theory "bridges the arts and sciences," writes Steven Strogatz. "It addresses something the two cultures share—an abiding fascination with symmetry."
Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton writes that "It is hard to conclude anything except that the Obama administration is resigned to Iran possessing nuclear weapons."
New studies indicate that combining exercise activities (like walking or biking) with nature—even for just five minutes—can boost mental health and well-being.
New data suggest a "rebalancing" of the global economy. Domestic spending in the developing world is beginning to replace export-buying American consumers as a growth engine.
"Europe used to be, within the living memory of many of us, the cockpit of world power, prosperity and prestige. Today it is raw material for an ouija board," writes Walter Lacquer.
While acknowledging the progress over the past 50 years that was enabled by birth control pills, Geraldine Sealey thinks we now need new methods beyond hormonal contraception.
Morality is an indirect consequence of evolution that balances the needs of individual survival and satisfaction with those of society, writes a contributor at Psychology Today.
Our age's outright attack on God may just be a reactionary response from an "ideology of reason" that imitates the dogmatic methods it is critical of, says The Spectator.