Derek Beres's Contributions
  • Understanding the Role of the Teacher

    The term 'teacher' has numerous connotations. The word immediately conjures images of high school biology and history. Culturally we recognize the inherent importance of those who assume such a role, even if...

  • Should Big Food Pay For Our Rising Obesity Costs?

    Paul McDonald didn’t expect his letter to go public. The Valorem Law Group partner had queried sixteen states, asking leaders to consider investigating Big Food’s potential role in paying for a percentage of the...

  • The Irresponsible Religiosity of George Zimmerman

    The idea of sitting directly across from George Zimmerman would induce a visceral reaction in many. Yet this polarizing figure has numerous supporters as well—his first painting reportedly sold for $100,000 on...

  • The Next Step in Our Moral Evolution

    Manipulation is a vicious yet not uncommon human trait. Our ability to alter our surroundings in order to take advantage of a situation was recently on display in The Wolf of Wall Street, when Jordan Belfort flips...

  • Botox and the Freezing of Emotions

    In one of the more interesting experiments that have been conducted, Richard J. Davidson, professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, wanted to find out whether facial...

  • Zen and Instagram Yogis

    Shunryu Suzuki’s role in spreading Zen Buddhism in America cannot be understated. While he never accomplished the widespread recognition that another Suzuki, Daisetz, achieved a half-century before Shunryu's...

  • Faith Is No Excuse for Avoiding Vaccinations

    One year ago Denver Post reporter Michael Booth found that nearly half of children in the United States are under-vaccinated. A massive study of 320,000 children ages two to seven also revealed that the number of...

  • Christ...the Yogi?

    Positing Jesus Christ as a yogi has become popular over the last two decades. For some, the symbolism is irresistible: loving your neighbors, turning a cheek and other maxims line up with the modern conception of...

  • The Art of Keeping Our New Year’s Intentions

    Having worked in fitness clubs for over a decade (and having worked out in them for two), I know this cycle well: the gym will be packed until mid-February. Attendance will die down until early May, when ‘beach...

  • The Untold Indian Heritage of Bob Marley

    Across the long distance of a clear Atlantic Ocean, the Blundell Hunter lands on the shore of Old Harbour, Jamaica. The ship had docked two days prior in Morant Bay, proceeding to another part of the island to...