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The Decline of Western Influence — and Values

The rise of China. The power of Russia. The spread of ISIS. Are Western values (i.e. democracy, human rights, and popular sovereignty) losing their influence in the world?

The rise of China. The power of Russia. The spread of ISIS. Are Western values (i.e. democracy, human rights, and popular sovereignty) losing their influence in the world?


There is a cultural hubris, for sure, that Americans have long been known and resented for (even by European nations) but, with the Syrian refugee crisis now affecting countries from France to Romania, all Western countries are now having to face their ineffectiveness in addressing the problems in this region. If anything, Russia has been more successful in influencing Assad’s regime, and wealthy Gulf states’ “angel investors” have consistently supported ISIS in its rapid expansion throughout Iraq and Syria. The reality is that America started two wars--which also were supported by several powerful European nations--and the result has been a decline in Western influence around the world.

This moment is a crucial one for the United States, says Ian Bremmer.

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8 logical fallacies that are hard to spot

From "if-by-whiskey" to the McNamara fallacy, being able to spot logical missteps is an invaluable skill.

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Mind & Brain
  • A fallacy is the use of invalid or faulty reasoning in an argument.
  • There are two broad types of logical fallacies: formal and informal.
  • A formal fallacy describes a flaw in the construction of a deductive argument, while an informal fallacy describes an error in reasoning.
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Space travel could create language unintelligible to people on Earth

A new study looks at what would happen to human language on a long journey to other star systems.

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  • A new study proposes that language could change dramatically on long space voyages.
  • Spacefaring people might lose the ability to understand the people of Earth.
  • This scenario is of particular concern for potential "generation ships".
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Your emotions are the new hot commodity — and there’s an app for that

Many of the most popular apps are about self-improvement.

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Personal Growth

Emotions are the newest hot commodity, and we can't get enough.

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