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It Turns Out Men, Not Women, Suffer More From Imposter Syndrome

June 11, 2018 Imposter syndrome, according to conventional wisdom, plagues women far more than men. As if it weren’t enough that women have to deal with men casting aspersions at them for not being competent leaders orfor being too emotional, the notion of imposter syndrome—whereby high-achieving people disparage their own success as pure...

A Legal Quirk Means You Can Be Dead in New York But Alive in New Jersey

April 18, 2018 Driving from New York to New Jersey is all it takes to bring someone back from the dead. “If you’re brain dead in the U.S. you’re dead. Legally. Except New Jersey, if you have a religious exemption,” says Thaddeus Pope, law professor and bioethicist at Mitchell Hamline School of Law....

There’s No Good Way to Kill a Bad Idea

May 2, 2017 Millions of people refuse to recognize man-made climate change. Americans spend billions on homeopathy. Around 12 million people believe that lizards are secretly ruling the world. The world is filled with bad, baseless, factually inaccurate ideas that refuse to die. Philosopher Russell Blackford, a lecturer at the University of Newcastle...

Rhetoric Scholars Pinpoint Why Trump’s Speaking Style Is So Persuasive

April 24, 2017 President Donald Trump does not sound like a traditionally impressive orator. His sentences are grammatically awkward, repetitive, and composed of highly simplistic words. Trump’s remarks when he announced his campaign for presidency presents a typical example of his rambling, incoherent speaking style: “I will build a great wall—and nobody builds...

There’s a Very Deep Reason Why You Can’t Kick That Bad Habit

December 27, 2016 Chances are, you’re still doing whatever bad habit you tried to quit for last new year’s resolution. The months and years go by and, perhaps your job or relationships change, but your routines and behavior likely stay overwhelmingly the same. That’s because the vast majority of our actions aren’t conscious....

Silicon Valley Tech Workers Are Using Ancient Greek Philosophy as Life Hack

December 19, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Stoicism is having a moment. The ancient Hellenistic philosophy, more than 2,000 years old, has recently been profiled in The New Yorker, The New York Times and the Guardian. And as these articles note, Stoicism has caught on among those pioneers of social trends: Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. Ryan Holiday, who’s...

How to Beat a Bully in a Debate

September 26, 2016 When Hillary Clinton steps up to debate Donald Trump on Monday, her situation will be utterly unique in several respects. Not only is she the first female presidential candidate to be nominated by a major US political party, she is also the first Democratic candidate to face off against a...

The Art of Changing Someone's Mind

September 13, 2016 The 17th century philosopher Blaise Pascal is perhaps best known for Pascal’s Wager which, in the first formal use of decision theory, argued that believing in God is the most pragmatic decision. But it seems the French thinker also had a knack for psychology. As Brain Pickings points out, Pascal...

An Early Internet Pioneer Says the Construction of the Web is Crippling Our Thinking

September 12, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ted Nelson is not a programmer, and his vision for what the internet could be is still in the early stages of practical realization. But the man who came up with the term “hypertext” in 1963 is nevertheless seen as an internet pioneer and visionary, worthy of being a visiting...

Research Backs Up the Instinct That Walking Improves Creativity

August 12, 2016 For centuries, great thinkers have instinctively stepped out the door and begun walking, or at the very least pacing, when they needed to boost creativity. Charles Dickens routinely walked for 30 miles a day, while the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche declared, “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” But in...