Sue Verlaan

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Love and Badness in America and the Arab World

Firstborn children are <i>good</i>. Saturated, no doubt, with the anxiety of first-time parenthood, firstborns are rule followers, pleasers.<p>When I tell my firstborn, five-year-old daughter, Aidana Sabha, that she has to drink the juice covertly because the bouncy house does not allow outside food or …

Leadership Takes Self-Control. Here’s What We Know About It

Philosophers and psychologists have been discussing the importance of self-control for ages. Plato, for example, argued that the human experience is a constant struggle between our desire and rationality, and that self-control is needed to achieve our ideal form. Likewise, Freud suggested that …

‘Alice in Wonderland’ changed literature forever, by not trying to teach kids, just entertain them

The delights of nonsense<p>On July 4, 1862, a little-known math tutor at Oxford, Charles Dodgson, went on a boat trip with his friend, Reverend Robinson …

The 'dogs from the cellar' is a perfect metaphor to explain how your childhood still influences your relationships today

Brach shares a bunch of simple but brilliant insights into the way we handle difficult emotions— and how we can handle them better.<p>But there's one sentence I've kept coming back to because it just makes so much sense:<p>"Because we are responding to an accumulation of past pain, our reactions are out …

50 Books Recommended by This Year's TED Speakers

TED is one of the world's premier cultural events, providing not just a chance for the thousand or so attendees to hear from some of the smartest people around, but also opening up this knowledge to millions of learners around the world through the event's wildly popular online videos.<p>But those …

War

A meditation expert shows her stress relief 'tapping' exercise which you can do in 2 minutes

Business Insider spoke to Jody Shield, a meditation guru and author, about techniques to relieve stress.<p>She explained her "tapping" exercise, which she uses to "tap on the feelings of being overwhelmed and stressed out."<p>The exercise consists of a series of tapping movements on various parts of the …

On Health and Welfare, Moral Arguments Can Outweigh Economics

When Representative Mo Brooks said it was unfair that healthy “people who lead good lives” should have to subsidize the insurance of unhealthier ones who presumably don’t, he bluntly raised an often unspoken question that runs through policy debates in Washington: Who deserves government aid and …

Girl Scout stands up to demonstrator at neo-Nazi rally

<b>(CNN) —</b> The juxtaposition in the photo is startling: On the left, gesturing angrily, is a right-wing demonstrator sporting black clothes, sunglasses and a shaved head.<p>On the right, staring right back at him, is a 16-year-old Girl Scout.<p>An amateur photographer snapped the image Monday at a May Day …

The inventors of the Pill decided women should still bleed every month

Menstruation marketing<p>At some point, the scientists who invented hormonal contraception decided that women still needed a period every month. And it …

The science of inequality: why people prefer unequal societies

In a thought-provoking new paper, three Yale scientists argue it’s not inequality in life that really bothers us, but unfairness<p>Anyone looking for evidence that people have a natural aversion to inequality will find numerous laboratory studies that seemingly confirm their view. Studies have found …

Google Scholar

The “pro-life” party has become the party of death: New research on why Republicans hate poor and sick people

<b>Trey Gowdy; Paul Ryan; Kevin McCarthy (AP/Susan Walsh/J. Scott Applewhite/Reuters/Gary Cameron)</b><p>New data and the health care debate reveal how Republicans feel about poor people who get sick: They deserve it<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>May 4, 2017 5:40pm (UTC)<p>On Thursday, Republicans in the House of …

Health Care

Eerie 'Fen' Is Full Of Dazzling, Hard-To-Explain Stories

"The land was drained." That's the first sentence in Daisy Johnson's haunting short story collection, <i>Fen</i>, and she wastes no time in establishing a setting. The Fens of eastern England are marshlands — or they were, until the 17th century when Parliament ordered them drained and converted into …

Study uncovers how brain damage increases religious fundamentalism

Research has found religious belief is associated with certain regions of the human brain, but there is still much to learn about how these areas …

Why America’s Richest Cities Keep Getting Richer

They are not just the places where the most ambitious and talented people want to be—they are where such people feel they need to be.<p>In the fall of 2013, in a hotel suite overlooking New York City’s Times Square, the gaming giant Electronic Arts unveiled <i>Cities of Tomorrow</i>, the latest addition to …

Housing

The Professor and the Jihadi

Gilles Kepel, a French political scientist, was at home in Paris brushing his teeth one morning last June when his cellphone rattled on the sink. It was a text from a journalist he knew: “I’m sorry to tell you this, but you’re on the death list.” Kepel turned toward his TV, which was already on, …

Religion

'We have a long way to go': ex-marines speak out amid sexual harassment row

Husband and wife took rare step of coming forward, calling for radical change to root out the kind of ‘reprehensible’ behavior exposed over secret Facebook page<p>Two former Marine Corps colonels are calling for a radical change of culture to root out the kind of “reprehensible” sexual harassment …

37 Of The Most Heartbreakingly Beautiful Lines In Literature

"Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt."<p><b>2.</b> "We accept the love we think we deserve."<p>– Stephen Chbosky, <i>The Perks of Being a Wallflower</i><p>Submitted by Carly Black, Facebook<p><b>3.</b> "Till I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead, I'll drift about forever, all my atoms, till …

Daniel Dennett: ‘I begrudge every hour I have to spend worrying about politics’

Truth has long been a key concern for the American philosopher. He’s in the UK to discuss his latest book on consciousness, but there’s just no escaping Trump…<p>I meet Daniel Dennett, the great American rationalist, on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration, as good a day as any to contemplate the …

American Philosophy

David Foster Wallace on What’s Wrong with Postmodernism: A Video Essay

"We live in a nightmare that David Foster Wallace had in 1994," said a tweet that put me in stitches last summer, but I have a sense that we've only …

Madam C.J. Walker wasn’t just a positive force for African Americans. She also pioneered global black activism

Working with Marcus Garvey and others, she helped expand consciousness worldwide<p>Madam C.J. Walker is best known as the first African American female …

Black History

Make government great again: Overcoming anti-government bias is central to long-term progressive victory

<b>(Getty/DougSchneiderPhoto/Salon)</b><p>Republicans have nurtured an intense distrust of government, but most people are willing to pay for decent services<p>Sean McElwee<p>January 29, 2017 11:00am (UTC)<p>Progressive policymakers are often engaged in thinking about the big picture: optimal policy designs, revenue …

6 powerful books on war and rebellion

<i>Journalist and former Marine platoon commander Elliot Ackerman shares his favorite books about political unrest and conflict:</i><p><b>Man's Fate by André</b> …

Books

This racial justice map sheds light on an often overlooked part of U.S. history

Dark parts of American history are often swept under the rug for being too shameful and painful. But engaging with that history is crucial to …

From New Deal to the art of the deal: how the neoliberal project led to Trump

The last fortnight has yielded three spectacles reflecting the demise of the left, the rise of a new reactionary right and a novel political era more generally.<p>Outgoing US President Barack Obama's "Yes we did" speech was a fitting liberal - in the anaemic and disconnected non-Roosevelt, non-New …

An Animated History of Planned Parenthood, Brought to You by Lena Dunham, JJ Abrams & More

Lena Dunham drafted a host of well known friends for <i>The History Of 100 Years Of Women's Health Care At Planned Parenthood</i>, the short film (above) she …

The Poetry of Resistance

<i>THIS IS THE THIRD in a series of dialogues with artists, writers, and critical thinkers on the question of violence. This conversation is with</i> …

Friedrich Schiller & David Foster Wallace

Interview with <i>Salon</i>,<p>1996<p>If you the writer succumb to the idea that the audience is too stupid, then there are two pitfalls. Number one is the …

Why Londoners are standing in solidarity with the U.S. at the Women's March

LONDON — This Saturday tens of thousands of people are expected to take part in Women's Marches around the world to protest Donald Trump's first day …

Obama's Racial Legacy: Some Last Words On The First Black President

Barack Obama took to the podium in the press briefing room on Wednesday, the second-to-last day of the first black presidency, and after eight years of that becoming increasingly normal, the moment made it all start to seem strange again. <i>So this whole black leader-of-the-free-world thing really</i> …