The Righteous Mind

The Science Explaining Why Liberals and Conservatives Can’t Understand Each Other Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has written an incredibly insightful book: The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided By Politics and Religion. It goes a long way toward explaining … Continue reading →

Gerrymandering Explained

One of the reasons the United States Congress is less representative of the citizenry than it should be – and remains stubbornly stuck that way – is that the boundaries of congressional districts are usually drawn by the legislatures of … Continue reading →

Cultural Hegemony, or, Blinded By the Status Quo

The term “cultural hegemony” refers to the way that a society’s norms and values are constructed by, and for the benefit of, the most powerful members of the society, and how the less powerful come to accept those norms and … Continue reading →

Rumi: You Are the Truth

Imagining is like feeling around in a dark lane, or washing your eyes with blood. You are the truth from foot to brow. Now, what else would you like to know? – Jelaluddin Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks … Continue reading →

A Postcard from Asimov

In January of 1981, I received this postcard from Isaac Asimov, the prolific science fiction writer: The postcard was in response to a letter I’d written to Asimov after reading his 1979 nonfiction book, Extraterrestrial Civilizations. In this book, Asimov … Continue reading →