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How To Change Someone's Mind In this fascinating article by Elizabeth Svoboda on Greater Good Magazine's website, she takes a brisk look at the reasons why it is so hard for us to change people's minds. Deeply held beliefs are …
The Mystery of Awe Jordan Rosenfeld in a nymag.com article reports on the explorations into the social and emotional functions of awe by psychologists. Jonathan Haidt and Dacher Keltner published a study of this form …
Can't Remember Books, Movies, and TV Shows? There used to be a time when information junkies like us could read a book, watch a movie, or a TV show and the next day share all about the storyline with family, friends, or colleagues. In a fasci…
Midlife Crisis and Then Wisdom In a thought-provoking article in theatlantic.com, Jonathan Rauch shares some of the feelings of middle age and then moves on to an exploration of wisdom in the last stages of life. Many individuals…
In Life and Business: Learning to Be Ethical In the NYTimes.com, Alina Tugend writes about a new website www.EthicalSystems.org which will bring together research and resources on business ethics, a subject that is receiving more attention the…
Why Elders Smile When researchers asked people to rank their own well-being, those who rated themselves most highly were individuals from 82 to 85. This startling statistic comes from a column written by David Brook…
Five Ways to Make It Easier for Men to Channel Empathy and Compassion Men and boys are responsible for most of the violence in the United States, and many educators, politicians, and spiritual leaders are hoping that something can be done to lessen this dangerous form…
My Collage Art I love the way my Commonplace Book shares processes and goals with collage art. The latter involves composing a work of art by pasting on a single surface various materials not normally associated w…