Creativity: The weird and wonderful art of animals

By Jason G Goldman A few animals are prodigious producers of ‘art’, says Jason G Goldman. Why do they do it? Do they enjoy the creative process? And is their work any good?A At first glance, the Vogelkop Gardener bowerbird is pretty boring. Its drab olive-brown plumage makes it hard to spot against the dirt on which it lives. However, a closer look reveals that this otherwise dull bird has a secret: the males build some of the most elaborate, aesthetically-pleasing objects of any bird. Bowers are decorated structures that the males build to woo females. In some places they’re … Continue reading Creativity: The weird and wonderful art of animals

Racism: Further Considerations from Psychological Science

Racism is undeniably a matter of concern across countries and cultures. In the United States, where slavery was abolished in 1865 and segregation outlawed in 1954, the effects of racism are still pervasive in everyday life. Here is a look at what psychological scientists have uncovered on the topic in recent years. Collectively, they address the nature of implicit biases (i.e., beliefs that influence our behavior without our awareness) and the social processes that maintain them; examine the issues of structural and institutional racism; and explore the social, psychological, and physical consequences of various forms of racism. They also suggest … Continue reading Racism: Further Considerations from Psychological Science

The Statue of Liberty’s origin in photos

BY ALEX SCIMECCA This weekend is July 4th, and though it’s a time to celebrate—safely—the United States’ Independence Day, it’s also a time to reflect on what freedom and liberty means. The Statue of Liberty has been an enduring national symbol to personify that very abstract idea. “Liberty Enlightening the World” arrived in the New York Harbor from its journey from France, disassembled in 350 pieces, on June 17, 1885. More commonly known as the Statue of Liberty, it was the largest statue at the time, towering over the Brooklyn Bridge and Trinity Church, and symbolized a message the country is still … Continue reading The Statue of Liberty’s origin in photos

Why South Africa’s Military May ‘Somehow Get Involved’ in Situation in Northern Mozambique

by Oleg Burunov Northern Mozambique has been in the grip of a jihadist insurgency since 2017, with the violence having reportedly already killed more than 1,000 people there. In an article published on the website Conversation, political scientist Theo Neethling from the Bloemfontein-based University of the Free State, focused on South Africa’s position pertaining to an increase in “deadly violence” in the northern parts of Mozambique. “There is now even a possibility that the South African National Defence Force might become involved in [Mozambique’s] most northern Cabo Delgado province, with a view to ending [… the] litany of atrocities, abductions and … Continue reading Why South Africa’s Military May ‘Somehow Get Involved’ in Situation in Northern Mozambique

Instead of begging for government handouts, how about millionaire musicians bail out the industry themselves?

by Damian Wilson With festivals and concerts canceled, the live-music industry says it needs government assistance to survive. But shouldn’t mega-rich musicians be dipping into their own pockets to help, rather than taking aid from the state? The coronavirus pandemic has lured many millionaires and billionaires out of their hidey-holes looking to build on their fortunes, and the latest are our friends from the music industry, bemoaning their inability to spend summer in luxuriously detailed Airstream trailers while fans roll around in the mud at live-music events across the UK. In a letter to the British Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, … Continue reading Instead of begging for government handouts, how about millionaire musicians bail out the industry themselves?

Minnesota State Rep: Antifa and Muslim Groups Plan to ‘Police Minneapolis Under Muslim Rule’

It would have sounded farfetched just weeks ago. It doesn’t anymore. by Robert Spencer As the city of Minneapolis moves to dismantle its police force, Minnesota state Rep. Steve Green on Tuesday stated the obvious that virtually everyone else has been tiptoeing around and pretending isn’t there: “What you’re looking at, in my humble opinion, is communism moving into Minneapolis and St. Paul.” And not just Communism, but the Leftist/Islamic alliance. Green asserted that Antifa and Muslim organizations plan to “police Minneapolis under Muslim rule.” Those who scoff at such a notion simply aren’t paying attention to recent developments. The Minneapolis City Council voted … Continue reading Minnesota State Rep: Antifa and Muslim Groups Plan to ‘Police Minneapolis Under Muslim Rule’

Water Might Be the Weirdest Liquid in the Universe, and Now We Know Why

By Bryan Nelson Water might seem ubiquitous and ordinary; it covers 71 percent of the Earth’s surface, not to mention being the primary fluid in most living organisms. But when you step back and look at water from the point of view of physics and chemistry, it’s truly an oddball molecule. For one, water has a highly unusual density. Most liquids become more dense as they cool down, but after water cools past 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit, it defies this general rule and instead becomes less dense. By the time it freezes solid, the resultant ice actually floats on liquid water. Again, because water … Continue reading Water Might Be the Weirdest Liquid in the Universe, and Now We Know Why

HOW OLD ARE DOGS IN HUMAN YEARS? STUDY UPENDS 7-YEAR RULE

Scientists present a chart that can help you figure out how old your dog is if it was human. by NINA PULLANO It’s an old trick: To tell how old your dog is in human years, simply multiply the pup’s age by seven. However, new research suggests the popular dog-age-calculating method isn’t actually all that accurate. Scientists now present a novel method for determining a more reliable comparison instead. Dogs and humans age at different rates, so the relationship between the two aging processes isn’t linear, finds a study released Thursday in the journal Cell. Researchers present an alternative formula to calculate how old a dog is … Continue reading HOW OLD ARE DOGS IN HUMAN YEARS? STUDY UPENDS 7-YEAR RULE

The ungoverned globe

The end of the liberal order would unleash chaos; its continuance means unconstrained economic suffering. What to do? Benjamin Studebaker is a graduate teaching assistant in politics and international studies at the University of Cambridge and a teaching associate at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Listen here Edited by Sam Dresser In the aftermath of the Second World War, the administrations of presidents Franklin D Roosevelt and then Harry S Truman in the United States led in the construction of the liberal order – a set of international institutions agreed upon by nation-states. The goal was to sustain peace and prosperity in … Continue reading The ungoverned globe

Does Being in the “Here and Now” Increase Life’s Meaning?

Transcending the present moment is often helpful. by Iddo Landau, Ph.D. Some people tell me that they take their lives to be insufficiently meaningful, and they attribute this to what they see as their failure to be wholly in the “here and now,” that is, to fully live in the present alone. Some of them discuss not being in the here and now as escaping from reality: when they’re not in the here and now, they say, they’re thinking about what isn’t real and doesn’t exist. What happened in the past doesn’t exist anymore. And what will happen in the future doesn’t … Continue reading Does Being in the “Here and Now” Increase Life’s Meaning?