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The Last Temptation

How evangelicals, once culturally confident, became an anxious minority seeking political protection from the least traditionally religious president in living memory<p>One of the most extraordinary things about our current politics—really, one of the most extraordinary developments of recent …

The Neuroscience Of “Harry Potter”

Or, what happens to your brain when you’re lost in a book.<p>Let’s do a casual experiment. Here’s a brief passage from the first book in some obscure fiction series called <i>Harry Potter:</i><p>A bush on the edge of the clearing quivered. … Then, out of the shadows, a hooded figure came crawling across the …

Memo To The CEO: Why Are We Finding It Hard To Innovate?

We survived the recession, and we now seem to be in better shape than most of our competitors. But you are right to be concerned about our ability to innovate. We need some new directions, and the operating units just don’t seem to be coming up with them. I share your frustration with the …

9 ways the 2014 midterm elections made history

The 2014 midterm election was one for the history books.<p>The Republicans captured control of the Senate on Tuesday, but there were also many other …

How to Motivate Someone You Don’t Like

The odds are pretty low that you’ll like <i>everyone</i> you have to manage. And while you may think that disliking an employee or two isn’t something to be concerned about (after all, making friends isn’t the point of being a manager), it can actually interfere with your job. A caring manager is key to …

Facebook Just Recognized a New Country

Five years after declaring independence, Kosovo is now listed on the world's biggest social network.<p>The world's largest social network, Facebook, has finally listed Kosovo as its own country—more than five years after the breakaway territory proclaimed independence from Serbia and after more than …