Derek Beres's Contributions
  • Can Religion Ever Be Free?

    A variety of responses rang out last week after Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. The SCOTUS’s decision to allow companies to deny employees access to certain forms of birth control was rooted in bad science: abortifacients...

  • The Quest for the Self or Searching for Selfies?

    The selfie continues its trajectory as a major form of communication in today’s social media universe. Named the Oxford Dictionary Online Word of the Year in 2013 the selfie has continued its meteoric rise ever...

  • Cult Leaders & Psychopaths: Power Beyond the Grave

    An estimated two million American adults are involved in cults. While the definition of what a cult is ranges—some claim all religions to be one—it usually involves a charismatic leader who serves as an...

  • David Brat, Religion and Redskins: How the Fringe Continues to Dominate the Conversation

    As Americans Google ‘David Brat’ to find out how this unknown college professor came to unseat one of the most prominent (on the right) and loathed (on the left) members of the House, Majority Leader Eric Cantor,...

  • Cops Film Us All The Time. Why Can't We Film Them Again?

    Las Vegas. A young man, about 22, fist pumps an oversized beer mug out of the passenger seat window. Rookie move. A strip cop spots the amateur, flicks on his lights. As two drunk men and a drunk woman exit the...

  • Why the Amazon-Hachette Debate Means Nothing To Writers

    In 1875 George Routledge, founder of the British publishing house that bore his name, asked Scottish author Samuel Smiles when he would have the honor of publishing one of his books. Smiles reminded him that he...

  • The Sad Machinery of Controversy Creation

    Ben Haggerty is having a tough week. The artist known as Macklemore is coming off one hell of a year, however. His breakaway hit ‘Thrift Shop’ has amassed more than 533 million views. He went home with two Grammys...

  • Study Shows How to Control Your Dreams

    Carl Jung devoted much of his professional life to analyzing dreams, much to the chagrin of his colleagues. He saw a connection between these nighttime visions and our seemingly innate penchant for mythological...

  • Battling Prescription Pill Addiction

    Doctor Stephen Schneider was genuinely surprised when he was sentenced to thirty years in prison in 2010. His wife, Linda Atterby, received thirty-three. Charged with unlawful distribution of controlled...

  • Anger as a Catalyst of Change

    The term ‘anger management’ has long been utilized in corporate and educational environments alike. Workshops on dealing with the seething potentiality of rage often employ that age-old maxim of calm benevolence:...