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How to find things online even Google doesn't know

Research like an expert.<p>The internet is a big place overflowing with information—which makes it a great place to do research. However, as good as your Google skills might be, even the most well-known search engine doesn't always cut it. Sometimes, you just don't get the results you want—or any …

Social Media

The problem of doctors’ salaries

An economist argues that American doctors get paid too much—and offers some bold ideas on what to do about it.<p>The United States pays more than twice as much per person for health care as other wealthy countries. We tend to blame the high prices on things like drugs and medical equipment, in part …

Health Care

How (And When) To Think Like A Philosopher

As an undergraduate, I majored in philosophy — a purportedly useless major, except that it teaches you how to think, write and speak.<p>The skills I was learning from working through papers and arguments extended well beyond the coursework itself, yielding habitual patterns of reasoning that made me a …

Being Emotional Isn't a Form of Debate

Discourse, especially in schools, is miserable these days. As Randall Smith, the Scanlan Professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas in …

Critical Thinking

6 months ago a school ditched homework as an experiment. Now the results are in.

Late last summer, Texas teacher Brandy Young made internet waves when she sent a note about homework to the parents of her students.<p>Instead of the …

Teaching

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Print news media and its online counterparts often make use of a format known as the “inverted pyramid.” Here’s how it works: the most basic parts of …

Want to be a better critical thinker? Here’s how to spot false narratives and “weaponized lies”

This weekend on <i>Face the Nation,</i> White House chief of staff Reince Priebus defended US president Donald Trump’s declaration that the American press is “the enemy.” “Certainly we would never condone violence,” Priebus said. “But I do think we condone <i>critical thought</i>.”<p>Add Priebus to a long list of …

Critical Thinking

Creativity

What is it?<p>Creativity is often identified with artistic expression, but they are not the same thing. Many of us are not artistic, but we all have …

Compassion

What is Compassion?<p>Compassion is not the same thing as empathy.<p>In moral and political debates, our positions often reflect our choice of whom to …

Critical Thinking

How Do We Know?<p>Believe it or not, there are several different ways of knowing things. While we may not spend a significant amount of our days …

Fake news for liberals: misinformation starts to lean left under Trump

The president’s tumultuous first weeks in office could influence uptick in viral sharing of misleading articles and propaganda that stoke progressive anxieties<p>While stories of police violence at Standing Rock have become commonplace, the account that spread last week was particularly shocking. An …

Fake News

Blinded By Bias: FOX News and Naming Our Prejudice

February 1, 2017 by Brandan Robertson<p>Yesterday, FOX News posted an article and interview about a Tweet that the progressive UCC Minister, Rev. Al …

What science tells us about how to combat fake news

By Michael H. PasekThis week, CNN decided to delay broadcasting White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s first official press briefing. By doing so, …

Critical Thinking

How Trump changed Americans’ view of Islam–for the better

President Trump is expected to announce a ban on Muslim immigrants into the United States. However, polls conducted in the last year show that, …

Where do our morals come from?

If you've picked up a newspaper lately, you might have noticed that moralizing is driving us all insane. When it comes to what's morally right and …

UN·A·BRIDGED

UN·A·BRIDGED is a blog centered around thinking better. Our aim is to use creativity, compassion, and critical thinking to better deal with the world …

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Was Complicated

It is unfortunate that religion often seems to find its way into history textbooks as propaganda or not at all. While claims that the United States …

Looking Back on Obama

With Donald Trump’s inauguration tomorrow, and what promises to be a controversial presidency ahead, we wanted to look back at Barack Obama’s two …

Bosses Seek ‘Critical Thinking,’ but What Is That?

An Important Skill for Young Workers Has a Variety of Definitions<p>By<p>Melissa Korn<p>Melissa Korn<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@melissakorn<p>melissashirakorn<p>Google+<p>Melissa.Korn@wsj.com<p>Critical thinking is a critical skill for young workers these days.<p>What that means, though—and how to measure it—is less …

Some Experts Say Trump Team's Falsehoods Are Classic 'Gaslighting'

The new Trump administration stunned and outraged journalists, pundits and plenty of ordinary Americans this past weekend with false assertions about how many people showed up for Friday’s inauguration.<p>The claims were easily disproved and news outlets have spent hours showing precisely how.<p>And …

Make Learning a Lifelong Habit

I recently worked my way through Edmund Morris’s first two Teddy Roosevelt biographies, <i>The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt</i> and <i>Theodore Rex</i>. Roosevelt wasn’t without flaws, but he was by nearly all accounts fascinating and intellectually voracious. He published his first book, <i>The Naval War of 1812</i>, at 23 …

For Democrats And Republicans, It's Happily (N)ever After

Amanda Northrup would never do it again.<p>She's dated Democrats in the past, but she found their acceptance of abortion heartbreaking and their support of President Obama nearly as off-putting.<p>"He was going off to celebrate Obama becoming president, and I felt betrayed and like he didn't understand …

How Creativity Works

In his 1878 book, <i>Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits</i>, Nietzsche observed:<p>Artists have a vested interest in our believing in the flash of revelation, the so-called inspiration… shining down from heavens as a ray of grace. In reality, the imagination of the good artist or thinker produces …

How to Be Creative, According to Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso and Stephen King

Creativity isn’t some esoteric quality that only the Bob Marleys and Salvador Dalís of the world possess — it’s a learnable, trainable skill that can …

Want Your Kids to Be Employable in an Age of A.I.? Help Them Cultivate This 1 Skill

A report claims 47 percent of jobs will disappear in the next 25 years. Here's how to help your kids prepare.<p>Some experts worry that artificial intelligence is going to take all our jobs. Others reassure the worried that as many new jobs will be created by tech advances as will be destroyed. But …

Overhauling one high-school subject is our best hope for the future of democracy

Home economics used to teach millions of high schoolers the basics of nutrition and how to balance a checkbook. For the sake of American democracy, tomorrow’s kids must get an education in fake-news detection and online citizenship.<p>Preparing young people to be responsible citizens is one of the …

Education

Don't Force Creativity. Here's What Truly Innovative Companies Do Instead

Creativity is a natural process that can be nurtured, harnessed, and cultivated.<p>Forcing creativity rarely works. Staring at a blank page will not only stress you out, but it's highly likely that you won't be able to come up with anything useful. Nothing special comes out of forcing creativity.<p>When …

Where Creativity Comes From

Creativity has enabled humans to conquer every corner of this planet. Indeed our yen for innovation is one of the most salient characteristics of our …

11 books President Obama thinks everyone should read

Barack Obama is a major bookworm.<p>In his book "Dreams from My Father," he reflected on his lifelong love of literature: "When I wasn't working, the weekends would usually find me alone in an empty apartment, making do with the company of books."<p>Recently, the outgoing US president sat down with New …

Books

Empathy

In a recent article from the Wall Street Journal, some bold claims were made about the “perils of empathy.”<p>In politics and policy, trying to feel the …

Empathy