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Scientists Are Beginning to Figure Out Why Conservatives Are…Conservative. Scientists are using eye-tracking devices to detect automatic response differences between liberals and conservatives.University of Nebraska-Lincoln You could be forgiven for not having browsed yet through the latest issue of the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Scientists Are Beginning to Figure Out Why Conservatives Are…Conservative

If you care about politics, though, you'll find a punchline therein that is pretty extraordinary. Click here to read more from Mooney on the science of why people don't believe in science. The Case for Reparations. And if thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee.

The Case for Reparations

And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty: thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of that wherewith the LORD thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him. And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing today. — Deuteronomy 15: 12–15. A Different Path to Fighting Addiction. Photo.

A Different Path to Fighting Addiction

Dan Gilbert: Why we make bad decisions. What Tea Partiers Really Want. How A Woman's Plan To Kill Herself Helped Her Family Grieve. Maria Fabrizio for NPR This story is in no way an endorsement of suicide.

How A Woman's Plan To Kill Herself Helped Her Family Grieve

It's a description of one woman's choice and what came of it. Five years ago, after doctors told her that she had Alzheimer's disease that would eventually steal her ability to read, write and recognize people, Sandy Bem decided to kill herself. Sandy was 65 years old, an unsentimental woman and strong willed. For her, a life without books and the ability to recognize the people she loved wasn't a life she wanted. And so she decided there was only one thing to do. Sandra Bem wasn't a stranger to suicide. Typically, in the wake of a suicide family members are devastated. That was the question. For the Bems, the answer was to make Sandy's suicide a public process, a collective experience that Sandy and Daryl and the people they loved all went through together. From the beginning, the suicide was talked about openly. "She talked about it a lot," says Sandy's daughter, Emily Bem.

And here is the thing. But it can happen. Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen. Can prison be a place of redemption? In 1991, Shaka Senghor shot and killed a man.

Can prison be a place of redemption?

Yes, his is a story of atonement and rehabilitation — but it didn’t always look like things would go that way. As he says in his TED Talk, for many of his 19 years in prison, he was bitter, angry and unwilling to take responsibility for his actions. Thanks to family and mentors, Senghor did turn his life around, and he now acts as a mentor and coach to at-risk youth.

He knows first-hand the value of a justice system that can rehabilitate people who might otherwise be discarded. In this long, thoughtful conversation, Senghor talks to Daniel Reisel, a London-based doctor who studies the neuroscience of restorative justice – including the treatment of criminal psychopaths, often considered impossible to rehabilitate. Five Lessons I Learned From Dealing with Depression. Twilight of the Cambridge Elites - Ta-Nehisi Coates. Elizabeth Lesser: Take "the Other" to lunch. Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen! Jay Smooth: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race. Fatal Distraction: Forgetting a Child in the Backseat of a Car Is a Horrifying Mistake. Is It a Crime? The defendant was an immense man, well over 300 pounds, but in the gravity of his sorrow and shame he seemed larger still.

Fatal Distraction: Forgetting a Child in the Backseat of a Car Is a Horrifying Mistake. Is It a Crime?

He hunched forward in the sturdy wooden armchair that barely contained him, sobbing softly into tissue after tissue, a leg bouncing nervously under the table. In the first pew of spectators sat his wife, looking stricken, absently twisting her wedding band. The room was a sepulcher. Witnesses spoke softly of events so painful that many lost their composure. When a hospital emergency room nurse described how the defendant had behaved after the police first brought him in, she wept. The charge in the courtroom was manslaughter, brought by the Commonwealth of Virginia. How Addiction Works, and What You Can Do About It. The Science of Sleep: Dreaming, Depression, and How REM Sleep Regulates Negative Emotions.

By Maria Popova “Memory is never a precise duplicate of the original… it is a continuing act of creation.

The Science of Sleep: Dreaming, Depression, and How REM Sleep Regulates Negative Emotions

Dream images are the product of that creation.” For the past half-century, sleep researcher Rosalind D. 'American Winter' Families Struggle To Survive Fall From Middle Class. Hide captionPam Thatcher and her family ultimately moved into her mother's two-bedroom apartment because they couldn't make rent.

'American Winter' Families Struggle To Survive Fall From Middle Class

Courtesy Devon Terrilll/Viewfilm productions/HBO It's a visual no parent wants to picture: a child describing what it's like to live in a house with no power for lights, heat or cooking. For many middle-class American parents, it's hard to imagine their family ever facing a situation like that. But a new HBO documentary suggests that many seemingly prosperous parents are only a few misfortunes away from dark houses and empty refrigerators. The film, American Winter, follows the personal stories of eight middle-class families in Portland, Ore., who were hit hard during the Great Recession.

Diedre Melson, John Cox and Pam Thatcher are three of the parents featured in the film. Andrew Solomon: How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are. Andrew Solomon: Depression, the secret we share.