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How do humans come to believe all the impossible things we believe? The answers, one story at a time.

 

Dec 14, 2015

A pair of emails about racially insensitive Halloween costumes led to highly publicized confrontations between students and faculty at Yale. Students insisted that the university had a responsibility not only to promote learning, but also to create a safe and welcoming community. Faculty proclaimed the value of...


Oct 26, 2015

When President Obama's administration finalized the Iranian nuclear accord, it was met with praise as well as skepticism. But some were more than skeptical—arguing that the very act of negotiating with Iran was in effect a surrender. The argument did not surprise Professors Robert Ivie and Oscar Giner, who...


Aug 24, 2015

This past June the US Supreme Court handed down two long awaited rulings, one rejecting a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (King v. Burwell) and the other overturning state bans on same sex marriage (Obergefell v. Hodges). In each case, conservative Justice Antonin Scalia issued scathing dissents filled with an...


Jul 27, 2015

In April a video was released of ESPN reporter Britt McHenry verbally assaulting a towing company clerk in Arlington, Virginia. In the video McHenry boasted about her education, her profession, her good looks, and noted in cruel detail the clerk's corresponding deficiencies. The media jumped on the story right away,...


Jun 8, 2015

In January, 2015 three students at South Portland High School in Maine added the words "if you'd like to" to the morning announcement for students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, in order to clarify that the First Amendment protects the right of students to choose not to salute the flag. Neither the students...