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Saying 'enough is enough' is to misunderstand terrorism completely

London, Melbourne, now Tehran. There is something undeniably true about British Prime Minister Theresa May's declaration this week that "enough is …

Terrorism

Curious Kids: Why do adults think video games are bad?

<i>This is an article from Curious Kids, a new series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions they’d like an expert to</i> …

Kids

The Economist

This Facebook post is no longer available. It may have been removed or the privacy settings of the post may have changed.<p>Its findings are so …

Whatever Happened to Hippy Jesus?

Serious, Biblically correct films like Son of God make it easy to forget the Jesus Christ Superstar-style whimsical messiah who once reigned at box offices.<p>Jesus Christ is serious business. The remarkable ratings of <i>The Bible</i> miniseries on the History Channel led to the release of the new film <i>Son of</i> …

Theology

The dark allure of conspiracy theories, explained by a psychologist

Believing in them is a coping mechanism to deal with an uncertain world.<p>Donald Trump touts conspiracy theories more than most presidents in recent history, or perhaps any president ever. Trump has claimed that President Obama wiretapped his phone during the presidential campaign (a charge the FBI …

Psychology

The Case Against Reality

A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses.<p>As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions—sights, sounds, textures, tastes—are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about …

Quantum Mechanics

The Evangelical Roots of Our Post-Truth Society

THE arrival of the “post-truth” political climate came as a shock to many Americans. But to the Christian writer Rachel Held Evans, charges of “fake news” are nothing new. “The deep distrust of the media, of scientific consensus — those were prevalent narratives growing up,” she told me.<p>Although …

Religion

The seven deadly sins of statistical misinterpretation, and how to avoid them

<i>Statistics is a useful tool for understanding the patterns in the world around us. But our intuition often lets us down when it comes to interpreting</i> …

Statistics

Podcasts Are the New Xanax

“I could take a bath in Paris while listening to someone in Los Angeles complain about her dating life.”<p>I’m not an early adopter. I’ll only start wearing new styles of clothing once they’re practically out of date, and I won’t move into a neighborhood until it’s fully saturated with upscale coffee …

Podcasting

The Death of Moral Relativism

Considered by conservatives to be one of postmodern society’s greatest threats, moral relativism may now be a relic of the past.<p>Four years before he was hoisted to Speaker of the House, a smooth-faced Representative Paul Ryan declared, “If you ask me what the biggest problem in America is, I’m not …

Sociology

Terrorism timeline: Terrorist atrocities in western Europe

Terrorism timelineTerrorist atrocities in western Europe<p>Britain has suffered its worst terrorist attack since 2005<p>Graphic detail<p>Mar 23rd 2017<p>by THE …

Donald Trump and the rise of tribal epistemology

Journalism cannot be neutral toward a threat to the conditions that make it possible.<p>Back in November 2009, as the Obama backlash was just gathering steam, Rush Limbaugh devoted a segment of his radio program to “Climategate.”<p>That was the episode in which a climate research institute was hacked and …

Democracy

7 psychological concepts that explain the Trump era of politics

American politics can seem baffling. Psychology is here to help.<p>These are strange, unsettling times. And for the past several months, I’ve been asking psychologists variations on a basic question: What research can best help us reckon with uncomfortable social and political realities — like the …

Psychology

The economics of beard popularity in the US

Most people think of beards as fashion statements, but researchers say their popularity might be tied to economics instead.

A New Book Argues Concerns Over Violent Video Games Are a Moral Panic

There’s been an interesting shift in the psychological profession when it comes to video games. For a while, the only time you’d ever see a …

Escape to another world

As video games get better and job prospects worse, more young men are dropping out of the job market to spend their time in an alternate reality. …

The Conversation

You know those people who say evolution or climate change 'is just a theory'? Have them read this to understand that scientists are using the word …

Fascism

Where do the terms 'fascist' and 'fascism' come from and do they help us make sense of the world today?

Democracy

What Does Steve Bannon Want?

President Trump presents a problem to those who look at politics in terms of systematic ideologies. He is either disinclined or unable to lay out his agenda in that way. So perhaps it was inevitable that Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, who does have a gift for thinking …

Steve Bannon

Why Video Game Movies Fail as Adaptations

There are few film genres worse than the video game movie. Throughout the years, we’ve been graced with the likes of <i>Resident Evil</i>, <i>Hitman</i>, <i>Warcraft</i>, …

Movies

Daily chart: Tracking the fortunes of America’s white working-class men

Daily chartTracking the fortunes of America’s white working-class men<p>Introducing an index to monitor the labour-market performance of a "forgotten" …

The corpse factory and the birth of fake news

<b>Think fake news is a new phenomenon? Think again. Dr David Clarke from Sheffield Hallam University looks at a 100-year-old story that fooled the world.</b><b>Fake news, false stories that masquerade as real news are not new.</b><p>In the spring of 1917 some of Britain's most influential newspapers published a …

Richard Rorty’s prescient warnings for the American left

This liberal philosopher predicted Trump’s rise in 1988 - and he has another warning for the left<p>A prescient passage from a forgotten book has been making the rounds since Donald Trump’s election. It’s plucked from a 1998 book titled <i>Achieving our Country</i>. The author is Richard Rorty, a liberal …

American Philosophy

How advertising research explains Donald Trump's profound appeal

Politics and advertising are closely intertwined. Like a good advertisement, a good politician needs to present a compelling case for why the voter …

What America's Gilded Age tells us about the Trump era

Income inequality, technological change, and an alienated labour force characterised post-Civil War America. What does that tell us about where we're …

Equality

The best theory for why Trump tells such obvious lies

Every administration has, from time to time, sought to mislead the public about something or other. But Donald Trump’s administration already stands out for the frequency of misleading statements, their baldfacedness, and the at times absurd content. Anyone might try to exaggerate the degree to …

Donald Trump

Trump victory comes with a silver lining for the world's progressives

The election of Donald Trump symbolises the demise of a remarkable era. It was a time when we saw the curious spectacle of a superpower, the US, …

What is populism?

The Economist explainsWhat is populism?<p>Populists can be everything from militarists to libertarians. So what does the word actually mean?<p>The …

Tim Wu: ‘The internet is like the classic story of the party that went sour’

The influential tech thinker has charted the history of the attention industry: enterprises that harvest our attention to sell to advertisers. The internet, he argues, is the latest communications tool to have fallen under its spell<p>Tim Wu is a law professor at Columbia University. His specialities …

German History