Derek Beres's Contributions
  • Can Google Really Be Mindful?

    Mindfulness in corporate culture has been an emergent field over the past decade. Companies such as Google and the US Army offer yoga and meditation to their workers in hopes of increasing productivity while...

  • Why Do We Still Believe in Astrology?

    Every few months you have an explanation for everything amiss in your life, especially pertaining to technology. Mercury in retrograde has became the default explanation of what’s wrong with our world. One...

  • One Way To Handle Our Explosive Prison Population

    Joel Turner was only 19 when three men broke into his house and stabbed him to death. His mother, Janet Connors, had already spent four decades as a social activist in Dorchester, Boston’s largest neighborhood....

  • 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...