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The world couldn’t afford engineering degrees without philosophy majors

Few investments pay off better than a good college degree. But not all degrees are equal. An engineering major will probably earn more than a philosophy major. It’s also a bigger investment.<p>A new paper estimates how much it costs to educate students in different fields. The economists looked at …

Man who escaped slavery to study at Yale gets classroom named after him

On Thursday, Yale University will honor its first black student by naming a divinity school classroom after him.<p>James W.C. Pennington escaped from …

The sociological religion of no biological differences between the sexes

As a biologist, I’ve learned that there are two related issues that are taboo for academics to discuss openly. The first is the issue of “races”—or …

A New Typology of Global Cities

The seven types of global cities driving the world economy.<p>Globalization and urbanization go hand in hand. The world, I’ve long argued, is spiky. The 40 largest mega-regions produce two-thirds of global economic output and 90 percent of global innovation, while housing just 18 percent of the …

If Labour keeps telling working class people they're saying the wrong thing, they'll start talking to Theresa May

In 2012, my friend Rhiannon and I set up a tongue-in-cheek blog for our female friends called the Vagenda. A few weeks later, we were hailed by the …

Feminism

The Difference Between Racism and Colorism

Skin color matters because we are a visual species and we respond to one another based on the way we physically present. Add to that the “like …

'I wish I’d known that when I went to university' - Telegraph writers share their student wisdom

Do sever ties to the past, don’t take a cat to college, do treasure the holidays, don’t worry about your future career, and never, ever attempt backflips when drunk... here's what Telegraph writers wish they had known before university.<p>Elizabeth Grice, feature writer<p><b>Manchester University, 1968:</b> …

Why Republicans Endorse a President Who Threatens Democracy

One fact that has grown bracingly clear over the course of the presidential campaign is that the campaign is not about any of the normal issues in …

Australian author and poet Maxine Beneba Clarke uses a lifetime of racist bullying as fuel to succeed, but is troubled by the current resurgence of xenophobia<p>The impetus for Maxine Beneba Clarke’s memoir came from a torrent of racial abuse. At the time, she was pushing a stroller and walking to …

West Africa

listen to the amazing new youth voices in gender activism

At The Representation Project's Global Youth Summit in San Francisco last weekend, young activists met to discuss gender equality.<p><b>Name:</b> Shaun Ross<p><b>Occupation:</b> model and activist<p><b>What's your definition of gender?</b>Of course gender exists. It's something that your parents tell you. But as I grow older, I …

Feminism

Women are the Backbone of Sumatran Coffee

From planting and maintaining coffee trees to harvesting and selling<p>The remote Indonesian island of Sumatra produces some of the most unique coffees …

50 Books Every Woman Should Read Before She Turns 40

Consider this your life's library.<p>This list celebrates female writers who wrote coming-of-age classics as well as modern page-turners. They've won awards, provoked discussion, and ultimately their work has become cherished favorites on the bookshelves of many.

‘Dr. Strangelove’ Documentary Shows Tons of Amazing Behind-the-Scenes Footage of the Classic Satire — Watch

From the Indiewire Vault: Go behind the scenes of Kubrick's classic political satire.<p>Choosing the best movie Stanley Kubrick ever made is a …

There's another kind of gap widening between the rich and the poor

Much has been written about the growing income inequality in the United States. But another kind of gap is also widening between us, and it's at the dinner table.<p>Overall, Americans are eating better. In the decade leading up to 2012, the number of people eating a poor diet fell from around 56 …

Read 11 Free Articles by Hunter S. Thompson That Span His Gonzo Journalist Career (1965-2005)

Most readers know Hunter S. Thompson for his 1971 book <i>Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream</i>. But in …

The EU referendum has led some to claim big decisions should only be made by intellectuals and elites. But gut instincts should play a huge part in how we vote<p>Towards the end of CS Lewis’s The Silver Chair there is a fascinating little exchange between a rather dour marsh-wiggle called Puddleglum …

C.S. Lewis

How Much More Does the Top 1% Make, by US County

One of the most discussed issues in American politics is the distribution of wealth and income across the country. For some time now, many Americans …

What 5 Women Can Afford in Their First Year Out of College, With 5 Very Different Incomes

From a part-time bartender with $15,000 of debt to a mortgage banker who bought a house three months after graduation.<p>For many college graduates, the first year out can feel like a gauntlet. As soon as mortarboards are thrown, everyone races, Tough-Mudder-style, to post a status announcing "some …

Researchers May Have Just Discovered What Really Makes You Happy

Hint: It's not money, success or puppies. (Sorry.)<p>Do you know what makes you joyful? Maybe you think it's a vacation, a promotion or a new car. Perhaps it's a night in with your spouse, a good book or some time with your dog.<p>In reality, it's none of these things. However, researchers do believe …

How inequality made the recession worse

In 2006, near the peak of the housing boom that preceded the Great Recession, the top 20 percent of Americans held roughly 80 percent of the nation's wealth. The bottom 20 percent held roughly -1 percent (meaning those folks had more debt than assets). Those statistics are a blunt portrait of …

Paleolithic-era drawings found in Axturra cave are in ‘Champions League’ of cave art sites, team leader says<p>Spanish archaeologists say they have discovered an exceptional set of Paleolithic-era cave drawings that could rank among the best in a country that already boasts some of the world’s most …

Archaeology

The right wing hates America: The loudest flag-waving patriots are always the dangerous hypocrites

A presidential nominee who sees America as a “Third World country,” “nightmare,” “embarrassment” and “hellhole”?<p>Does the right wing hate America? It has become a legitimate and important question to consider.<p>Ambrose Bierce, in <i>The Devil’s Dictionary</i>, defined “patriot” as “the dupe of statesmen and …

Bernie's Democratic Socialism Isn't Socialism, It's Social Democracy

Over here in Europe, we’ve had more in-your-face experience with socialism than the U.S. so it might be the case that we pay more attention to the gradations of leftist political thought.<p>Socialism is a political (or economic, your choice) system in opposition to capitalism. The difference is who …

Middle-class

Richard Eskow Inequality Against Democracy: 10 Facts About the 1 Percent

Economic inequality inspired Occupy Wall Street, a movement that in a few short months transformed our political discourse with the concept of the “1 …

8 Awesome Science Resources That You Can Access For Free Online

Including ALL of Feynman’s lectures.<p>There's nothing worse than wanting to expand your knowledge, satisfy your curiosity, or just confirm some weird …

Worlds of Inequality

The winners and losers of globalization. Must it be this way?<p><i>This book review appears in the Spring 2016 issue of</i> The American Prospect <i>magazine.</i> …

Economics

One in 10 people are gay? Not even close

“There are all kinds of gay people,” begins the first edition of <i>Free Your Mind</i>, a 1996 support book for gay, lesbian, bisexual youth and their …

Where the biggest inequality gaps are in America

Across America, blacks and Hispanics continue to lag behind whites in key economic areas, including household income and unemployment rates. But in some regions, the gap is far wider than in others, a new report by the National Urban League finds.<p>Released Tuesday, the report, called The State of …

The Ethics of Storytelling? Reconsidering Humans of New York

<i>Emily Jenab is a postgraduate student in the Ethics and Society program at Fordham University.</i><p><i>Humans of New York</i> has become inescapable. Photographer …