Nola Haynes

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Why Jacob Zuma’s fall sends a serious warning to the GOP

<i>Patrick Gaspard is president of the Open Society Foundations and served as the U.S. ambassador to South Africa from 2013 to 2016.</i><p>“I would not look to the U.S. Constitution, if I were drafting a Constitution … I might look at the Constitution of South Africa. That was a deliberate attempt to have a …

South Africa

Cognitive ability and vulnerability to fake news

Researchers identify a major risk factor for pernicious effects of misinformation<p>“Fake news” is Donald Trump’s favorite catchphrase. Since the election, it has appeared in some 180 tweets by the President, decrying everything from accusations of sexual assault against him to the Russian collusion …

Psychology

Many Teens Take Great Care in Posting Online Content

A new study finds that many teens, particularly girls, may go to great lengths to create a favorable online image. That may include posting only …

Psychology

Is there any hope for truth? I went to a conference to find out

From bot factories weaponising misinformation to Twitter trolls polluting online debate, we are all living in a fake news world – unless, it turns out, you are a teen<p>Have we destroyed truth? How can we live in a fake news world? When will The Experts Strike Back? To find out, I blagged my way into …

Geordie Shore

As robots take our jobs, we need something else. I know what that is

It’s untenable to let salaried work define us. In the future, what we do for society unpaid should be at least as important<p>Why bother designing robots when you can reduce human beings to machines? Last week, Amazon acquired a patent for a wristband that can track the hand movements of workers. If …

Polls show Americans distrust the media. But talk to them, and it’s a very different story.

The July email from Daniel Hastings, a Post reader who lives in Washington, was harsh: “You never have any intention of providing an unbiased or factual representation of the man or his policies,” he wrote. “Ergo, fake news! No one outside your liberal bubble at the Post or the general DC area can …

Journalism

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to go on a diet, read this first

It’s the end of December and time to brace ourselves for the inevitable onslaught of diet industry propaganda. The drearily endless articles about …

Turkey: where pampered cats are top dog

A nation split along fault lines of national identity, religion and ethnicity is united by one thing: a love of felines<p>Selim can often be spotted surveying his neighbourhood, a stone’s throw away from the Galata tower and down the hill from bustling İstiklal avenue. He looks content, his expanding …

I Read 75 Books In One Year & Here's What I Learned

I set (what I thought was) an ambitious reading goal for myself in January 2017: I wanted to read 52 books. One book every week seemed challenging …

16 Tiny Habits That Might Just Change Your Life In 2018

H/T Reddit<p>"If you read for 30 minutes every day, that's 3.5 hours a week, which is enough to finish a book every two to four weeks. Depending on what you choose to read, that's 12 to 24 books completed in a year!" —a_tame_zergling<p>"I used to (and still do) have a problem with over-apologizing in …

The Best Books We Read in 2017

The Atlantic’s editors and writers share their favorite titles—new, classic, or somewhere in between—from a year of reading.<p>Editor’s Note: Find all of <i>The Atlantic</i>’s “Best of 2017” coverage here.<p><i>Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News</i> by Kevin Young<p>It’s too …

Books

Biographies of famous writers show that even brilliant careers suck sometimes

Some years ago, I took a job writing biographies of famous writers for a start-up website that positioned itself as sort of an online Cliffs Notes for high school students. These included an intro (“What Dante Alighieri Did, and Why You Should Care”), a biographical essay, a timeline (“How it All …

Literature

15 Things Psychologists Wish You Knew Can Gradually Destroy Self-Esteem

It can be tough to step outside yourself, and truly recognize what affects your self-esteem. That's because nobody wakes up in the morning <i>wanting</i> to …

Self-help

Why The Great Gatsby Remains The Best Reflection Of The American Dream

We say ​the book is the Great American Novel of the 20th Century - it is looking pretty prescient of the 21st Century too<p>TPG via Getty Images<p><i>The</i> …

Amazon Says These Are the 100 Books Everyone Should Read

Hidden away in the books department on Amazon.com, shoppers can find a list of 100 great reads everyone should read in their lifetime, recommended by …

A Collection Of My Best Resources On Teaching English Language Learners

I have an insane amount of resources on this blog related to teaching English Language Learners.<p>I thought readers might find it useful if I put …

I Will Not Be Put in a Box: I Am Not What I Do, Own, Think, or Feel

<b>“All that I seek is already in me. “ ~Louise Hay</b><p>My world collapsed the day I became unemployed. After a successful thirteen-year career in a …

The Complexities of Student Motivation

Alex Baron closes out a week of guest blogging with an analysis of the complexities of student motivation. How do we know whether a student needs a …

Teaching

6 pieces of bad advice people give their kids without realising

Most parents want their kids to be successful in life--and so we teach them attitudes that we believe will help them achieve their goals. But as I …

How can schools use research to better inform teaching practice?

To tackle misinformation about what works in teaching, schools must find effective ways to help teachers understand the implications of research<p>In the past few years, schools have focused more on the use of research, especially into how pupils learn and the implications on effective teaching.<p>One …

In 15 Seconds, This Website Calculator Will Give You Perspective and Make You Feel Thankful

If you ever feel like you don't have enough, visit this site, plug in your numbers--and be amazed.<p><i>TL;DR: I came across a really interesting website that quickly tells you how wealthy you truly are, compared to everyone else in world. If you're looking for a quantitative way to figure out some</i> …

Credit Suisse

My mother spent her life passing as white. Discovering her secret changed my view of race — and myself.

I’d never seen my mother so afraid.<p>“Promise me,” she pleaded, “you won’t tell anyone until after I die. How will I hold my head up with my …

Genealogy

More teenagers are having oral and anal sex, experts warn

Young people are taking part in a wider range of sex acts than they were 20 years ago, according to a new study<p>Teenagers must be taught about oral …

Want to Make a Difference in Someone's Life? This Takes Less Than 1 Minute, but the Impact Lasts Forever

It only takes a few minutes, but the impact on another person could last a lifetime.<p>Want to make a huge difference in another person's life? Make them feel like they belong.<p>Plenty of people don't feel like they belong. Take employees. No matter how welcoming and new employee friendly the company, …

Loneliness

The 2 Truths That Reveal Why We Don't Accomplish Our Goals (And Ultimately Accept Failure)

Failure is more of a choice than we think.<p>Growing up, failure wasn't allowed in my household.<p>I remember being twelve years old, barely a step into middle school, when I caught the flu the morning of a jump rope fundraiser. My father walked into my bedroom, saw me still under the covers and said, …

World of Warcraft

Why incompetent people often think they’re actually the best

There’s a psychological phenomenon behind it: the Dunning-Kruger effect.<p>Maybe you’ve experienced this at school or work before: Dealing with someone who thinks he’s much better at his job than he really is. This can not only be really annoying, but it can lead to disaster as a group project is made …

Why 'Don’t Worry About Money, Just Travel' Is the Worst Advice of All Time

I have an internet acquaintance that I’ve been following on social media for a little over two years now, an all-around nice, smart girl who blogs …