Tag: Feature Articles


Facebook Diplomacy means harder work – fewer wars

Recently Robert Faris, research director at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, made a distressing prediction to the National Endowment for Democracy:  international diplomacy is going to get harder than it used to be. The reason?  Not terrorism (though sure) or fighting over increasingly scarce resources (though yet):  but rather, social media like… Read more »

Fighting Prop 8 with social networking: How to spread equality through technology

On May 26, California made national news when the state’s supreme court upheld Proposition 8 – a ballot initiative that stripped the right to marry away from gay and lesbian couples. Legal analysts say the court made its decision because … while acknowledging that marriage is a “fundamental right” … the state constitution does not… Read more »

Survey says: Ritalin doesn’t work

If the scientific establishment didn’t have ADHD, this is the sort of thing they would be paying attention to:  a long-term study recently completed by the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) showed that there are few-to-no long term benefits for treating children with ADHD with Ritalin. According to the NIMH report:  The eight-year follow-up… Read more »

Healing into possibilities

Seven years ago Alison Shapiro was the picture of a healthy 55 year-old.  A happy life, a successful career;  no health issues, no weight issues;  her blood pressure was normal.  She was in the middle of living out a lifelong dream, illustrating her first children’s book.  She had three of 17 pictures finished.  Then she… Read more »

‘Knowledge’ is easy; ‘learning’ is hard

Will file sharing, easy downloads, and a universe of experts all posting on Wikipedia make universities irrelevant within 15 years?  Yes, says David Wiley.  Information will be free, and that means universities will have to radically restructure to accommodate that … or else face irrelevance.  Wiley, a leader in the “open content” movement and professor… Read more »

New money – and tough questions – for native arts

The Ford Foundation recently announced that it is endowing the first permanent arts foundation for the art and culture of American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native artists.  “This,” says Saybrook psychology faculty member Stanley Krippner, “can be a bonanza for indigenous arts.” Krippner is just one of Saybrook’s many community members who have done… Read more »

Life without universities

Students posted about it on their Facebook pages;  faculty sent links back and forth;  at Saybrook’s San Francisco offices, administrators asked one another about it.  Everyone in the community, it seems, has an opinion about last week’s New York Times op-ed by Mark Taylor, “End of the university as we know it.” In it, Taylor… Read more »

What the Dalai Lama’s dialogues can – and can’t – teach us about the mind

Last month His Holiness the Dalai Lama held the 18th of his celebrated “Mind and Life” conferences – inviting notable neuroscientists to India in the hope that when Buddhist epistemology and western neurology compare notes, the results are educational for everyone. It’s the sort of communication that Saybrook faculty say they’d like to see more… Read more »