Tag: Feature Articles


Doctors discover the power of touch

It sounds amazing when we first hear about it.  Students who receive a supporting touch  from a teacher on the back or arm are nearly twice as likely to volunteer in class;  a kind touch from a doctor leaves people with the impression that their visit has lasted twice as long;  a massage from a… Read more »

How marriage survives an environmental awakening

Let’s face it, some of us are just more environmentally conscious than others.    Politically, we know how to handle that:  we propose policies at the appropriate levels of government, take a vote, and either set them or don’t.    But what about romantically?    According to a recent articlein the New York Times, marriage… Read more »

Women, artists, and anonymity

Recently blogger Nick Waters watched 30 different movies designed to appeal to women – “chick flicks” – to see what he could learn about modern women.  The answer was, not much … and that’s hardly a surprise.  But what was startling, as Salon pointed out, was that he could only find 11 out of 30… Read more »

From health care to the environment, fixing complicated problems isn’t impossible in America … yet

Citizens of all 50 states are reeling from the budget cuts caused by the financial crisis.  Our nation’s fiscal nightmare is literally breaking state governments. Or is it the other way around? In a penetrating article for Governing Magazine, author Rob Gurwitt puts forward evidence that we have it exactly backwards.  A budget crisis isn’t… Read more »

Mental Illness is the new colonialism

In the early 1990s, Dr. Sing Lee began to see mental illnesses behave the way they’re not supposed to.  A practicing psychiatrist and researcher at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Lee was studying anorexia in China – where it displayed virtually none of the symptoms of the disease in the West.  His patients didn’t… Read more »

A totalitarian regime’s enemy number 1: Human Science

As Iranian civil society reels from the impact of illegitimate elections, the Chronicle of Higher Education noticed a fascinating, if disturbing, trend:  a disproportionate number of dissidents put on public trial have been students of the human sciences … and they have been forced to denounce their field. “The number of social scientists in Iranian… Read more »

If you don’t want therapy, don’t get it

 “I have a pretty good marriage,” author Elizabeth Weil wrote late last year in the New York Times.  “It could be better.” It was the first line in an article about how she and her husband tried to improve their marriage – which they were already pretty happy with – through therapy.  It didn’t work… Read more »

The ingredients of innovation

When Americans think of innovation, we tend to think of Silicon Valley.  We don’t think about Israel or India … but we should.  Recently a host of articles, in the New York Times, in Business Week, and elsewhere, have begun praising the new innovation-driven business cultures of up-and-coming countries like Israel and India.  These cultures,… Read more »