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Teaching Kids to Think Critically

A research-based approach to controversial issues—one that prevents teacher bias from skewing the discussion, maximizes student participation, and reaps the benefits of cooperative learning—is 'structured controversy.' Developed by cooperative learning experts David and Roger Johnson, this model defines controversies as 'interesting problems to be solved rather than win-lose situations.'" [Read Article]
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Is Michel Houellebecq an important writer?

"...Houellebecq is more important than any Western writer publishing today because he has the courage to confront and not just report our refusal both to think and to accept the consequences [and] our fear of believing in something greater than our individual selves, something that cannot be bought at the mall. In Submission, Houellebecq calmly describes the results of clinging to that fear." [Read Articl
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From Band of Brothers to Band of Tweeters

"The term 'band of brothers' has become almost a cliché to describe how the close personal bonds formed between soldiers translate into combat effectiveness. Yet my combat experience in Iraq suggests that the kind of unit cohesion we saw in past wars may be coming undone because of a new type of technological cohesion: social media, and too much connectivity." [Read Article]
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Death Rate Soars for Large Segment of Middle-Aged Whites

"The mortality rate for white men and women ages 45-54 with less than a college education increased markedly between 1999 and 2013, most likely because of problems with legal and illegal drugs, alcohol and suicide... [E]conomic insecurity, the decay of communities and the breakdown of families probably have had some impact on death and illness rates... An increase in the mortality rate for any large demographic group in an advanced nation has been virtually unheard of in recent decades, with the exception of Russian men after the collapse of the Soviet Union." [Read Article]
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Rabbi and Psychologist Abraham Twerski and the Wisdom of ‘Peanuts’

"Twerski noted that he was not aware of any American psychologist who had the 'intuitive psychological knowledge' that [Charles] Schulz had [and he] continues to draw upon the cartoonist’s wisdom in his lectures and books... Charlie Brown is one of the greatest thinkers of modern times, and it took Rabbi Twerski to bring his profundity to public notice.” [Read Article]
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Here’s Why Too Much Choice Stresses Us Out

"The standard line is that choice is good for us, that it confers on us freedom, personal responsibility, self-determination, autonomy and lots of other things...  [but] we end up less satisfied with the result of the choice than we would be if we had fewer options to choose from. When there are lots of alternatives to consider, it is easy to imagine the attractive features of alternatives that you reject that make you less satisfied with the alternative that you’ve chosen..." [Read Article]
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Was Steve Jobs Suffering from Deprivation Neurosis?

"Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin... writes his characters as if they are making the case to God why they should be allowed into heaven... Steve Jobs wanted to be eulogized like John Lennon was, but felt he wasn’t worthy of being loved. Rejected by both his birth parents and the first couple who adopted him, he believed he was 'irreparably damaged.' So he hit upon a clever workaround. He built computers so friendly, so empowering, so easy to use, that we would fall in love with them instead." [Read Article]
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Feeling Guilty Means You Care

"Living with a guilt-prone mind is exhausting. And yet, weirdly, the bulk of the psychological research points to some serious social perks of always feeling guilty... in that the guilt-prone tend to have better relationship skills than people who do not often feel guilty. Now, new research starts to hint at why this might be: Guilty types are pretty great at reading other people’s emotions..." [Read Article]