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Is Civilization Natural?

So, there's the city and then there's the country, the built environment and the wilderness, nature and civilization. Whatever name the dichotomy goes by, we usually think of the world humans create and the world outside their creations as separate and unequal.<p>But as we enter the Anthropocene — an …

Saudi Arabia plays down Ebola concern for Hajj pilgrimage

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1112000/1112877_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524872698_2d12301c971c407dcfc9b284d8fa5dff<p><b>Two million Muslims have begun the annual Hajj pilgrimage, a five-day ritual central to Islam.</b><p>This year there have been concerns pilgrims may spread …

Robin Williams and Hollywood's illness stigma

The graphic details of Robin Williams' suicide were shocking when a Marin County coroner revealed them Wednesday. But on Thursday came an equally startling revelation: Williams was suffering from Parkinson's disease at the time of his death.<p>"Robin's sobriety was intact and he was brave as he …

Women live in a profoundly different, more dangerous world

One of the most powerful truths in my Christian faith is that I and all other people are equal in the eyes of God. Many believers of all religions – …

Take A Peek At Medical History

If you've ever wondered what a medical textbook from the 1800s looked like, now's your chance.<p>The Wellcome Library recently announced that it is in the process of digitizing 15 million pages of books and pamphlets from 19th-century medical books. Along with the Wellcome Library and digital services …

Depression Is No Laughing Matter

The world is in shock over Robin Williams' death. It's hard to believe he committed suicide. Or, is it? The brilliant actor and comedian candidly discussed dealing with addiction and depression throughout his life. Our society still stigmatizes depression, a mental illness that, according to the …

We Need to Do More Than Post About Robin Williams

I attempted to take my own life during my senior year of high school. Two months after I got out of the psychiatric ward, a psychologist came into my classroom to talk to students about mental illness. He told us about a patient with severe mental illness who thought he was Winnie the Pooh and …

How Getting Into College Became Such a Long, Frenzied, Competitive Process

A history of the college application, from 1856 to today<p>College admissions officers in the mid-19th century had it pretty easy. Since higher education was only a possibility for a small fraction of American teenagers, admissions decisions were more about who could foot the bill than who could do …

Eerie Photos Reveal A New Kind Of Loneliness In The Digital Age

The age of social media has introduced the world to a new and ever more nebulous communication practice. No longer do we need to speak, listen or see another human being, we can simply bask in the inviting light of a computer screen, connecting to others through the use of man's digital best friend …

How Three Decades of News Coverage Has Shaped Our View of the World

Mapping millions of news events makes one thing clear: Some countries are getting a whole lot more press attention than others.<p>Head to the homepages of major news sites today, and you'll get the impression that the bombing near the Iranian embassy in Beirut, the early warnings about …

Aldous Huxley: the prophet of our brave new digital dystopia

On 22 November 1963 the world was too preoccupied with the Kennedy assassination to pay much attention to the passing of two writers from the other side of the Atlantic: CS Lewis and Aldous Huxley. Fifty years on, Lewis is being honoured with a plaque in Poets' Corner at Westminster Abbey, to be …

The 10 most corrupt countries

Does Having Daughters Really Make You More Republican?

It did in the early '90s. But the parties—and their reproductive-health policies—have changed since then.<p>Have you ever found yourself brimming with "the gentle thrill inspired by a social-science finding that mildly unsettles one’s ideological opponents”? That's exactly how Ross Douthat feels, …

Happiness is overrated: It's better to be right, study finds

It is better to be right than to be happy – at least for one husband on the cutting edge of science.<p>As part of an unusual experiment, the husband was instructed to "agree with his wife's every opinion and request without complaint," and to continue doing so "even if he believed the female …

The Financial Benefits of Being Beautiful

The "beauty premium"—and why we pay it.<p>"Love of beauty is taste," said Ralph Waldo Emerson, a co-founder of this magazine. His perspective would fit snugly in a modern corporate boardroom. A raft of new research suggests not only that good-looking CEOs are paid more handsomely, but also that …

The toll of the anti-vaccination movement, in one devastating graphic

Aaron Carroll today offers a graphic depiction of the toll of the anti-vaccination movement. (H/t: Kevin Drum.) It comes from a Council on Foreign Relations interactive map of "vaccine-preventable outbreaks" worldwide 2008-2014.<p>A couple of manifestations stand out. One is the prevalence of measles …

Public Health

We Are Just Not Here Anymore

At weddings, guests tweet real-time photos of the festivities to friends far away. At sporting events, fans follow scores of games in other cities. In classrooms, students text with friends in other classes and parents out in the world. At funerals, mourners send out selfies to pals in other places.<p>…

Could there be a third world war?

World Affairs editor John Simpson visits the World War 1 battlefields and asks if there could be another world war.<p>Friction between China and Japan is growing, with the US this time on the side of Tokyo, while the importance of the Middle East is diminishing.<p>Our correspondent also warns that war …

Norway to restage 1914 'human zoo' that exhibited Africans as inmates

As part of mammoth celebrations of the 200th anniversary of Norway’s constitution, the government is funding two artists to re-enact a "human zoo", which will open to the public on 15 May.<p>Oslo’s original human zoo or Kongolandsbyen was central to Norway’s world fair in 1914. The artists claim that …

The Sociology of Sorry

A puzzling ad campaign condemns the apology—and women along with it.<p>Last week, Pantene, the shampoo brand, released an ad about the gendered use of language. "Why are women always apologizing?" the commercial asks. It goes on to showcase women saying "I'm sorry" for everyday activities—asking …

Before You Criticize The Death Penalty, Consider These 8 Benefits

By Nicole Mullen,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1zjRhJN<p>This week in Arizona, an execution caused an inmate to writhe on the gurney, gasping for air …

20 Reasons Why We Need To Impeach President Obama

By Juliet Ford,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1oFOuqT<p>I consider myself politically neutral, but there are times in history when you can look at the …

We Cannot Have A World Where Everyone Is A Victim

By Chrissy Stockton,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1k67rmp<p>I used to know a girl who would complain at her boyfriend, “You are giving me anxiety!” …

10 Times Political Debates Went Horribly Wrong

By Jake Adams,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1sIbLtz<p>[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pwnzir9XjVQ]<p>Earlier this week, a Polish politician was …

10 Jobs You Should Hire Only Ugly Girls To Do

You know what that say. Never hire a pretty girl to go an ugly girl’s job. Well, actually maybe that’s not what they say. Maybe it’s just something I …

We Have To Start Somewhere: On Michael Brown, Ferguson, And Our Social Duty

By Jamie Varon,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1qaBVjZ<p>I’m angry. I’m angry that the rights of too many in Ferguson are being egregiously violated. …

50 Things Men Want Women To Know

I asked all my guy friends to tell me something they want women to know about them. I told them to give me the cold hard truth. These are the top 50 …

Democratic Congressman Will Introduce Police Demilitarization Bill

Rep. Hank Johnson pivots off Ferguson to introduce the "Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act."<p>WASHINGTON — Amid growing criticism of the military-style equipment and tactics deployed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, a Democrat from Georgia plans to introduce the "Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement …

Why Stop At Ice Water? Just Make Everything You Do An Awareness Campaign.

All across America, people are taking on the Ice Bucket Challenge. Filling a large container with ice and water, dumping it on their heads, and …