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  • Generous Givers Are Happier
    on Dec 20, 2016
    This is what we talked about on WKYB this morning.Habits of generosity make people happier. These habits flow from a worldview of abundance and generosity.  People who think the world has a point and their lives in it have a purpose are more lik...
  • Robots and the Future of Racism
    on Dec 19, 2016
    I believe the main point of the invention of racism in this country was to divide the workers, to make it easier to control labor.If the demand for labor declines, will the demand for racism decline, as well?
  • Post-Election Culture Wars
    on Dec 16, 2016
    This podcast is an interview with me about the culture wars effects of the 2016 election.
  • Talking to Strangers Fosters Happiness - and Social Trust
    on Dec 13, 2016
    When we start conversations with strangers, we usually have a pleasant experience - and so do they.This is the upshot of experiments conducted by social psychologist Nick Epley.  He asked commuters on buses and trains to initiate conversations w...
  • The First Step in Fighting Fascists Is Not to Be One
    on Dec 11, 2016
    This is a moment in which fear entrepreneurs are fanning the flames of tribalism all around the world.The first thing we need to do in the coming fight with fascism is not to become tribalists ourselves.The great principles of democracy, pluralism, a...
  • "Hacksaw Ridge" is Extremely Bloody, But Seriously Moral
    on Dec 10, 2016
    Mel Gibson makes gorefests, and this film is no exception.However, the true story of Desmond Doss, the conscientious objector in World War II who won the Medal of Honor as a medic for saving many wounded under fire is worth the time.The core story is...
  • This Moment is What the Electoral College Was Intended For
    on Dec 9, 2016
    If I were an elector, I would not vote for Donald Trump.If Hillary Clinton won the electoral college, that would not be a constitutional crisis. It would be a constitutional triumph.
  • Poor People Spend Money in Socially Useful Ways
    on Dec 8, 2016
    A new meta-analysis looked at what poor people spend on if you just give them money.  The worry is that they would waste it on cigarettes and booze.  However, "not one of the 19 studies found that cash grants increase tobacco and alcohol co...
  • Country Music on the Right Way to Live
    on Dec 6, 2016
    On Tuesday mornings I get to talk on WKYB, Danville's country radio station.Peter Lewis did a semi-serious analysis of the standard themes of top country songs, from the '60s to today.  He boiled them down to four:  It's all over; It's not...
  • A Grump about Trump
    on Dec 5, 2016
    I try to stay positive here, but there are a few things about the incoming administration that worry me.I fear that Mr. Trump so values his business empire, and has so little taste for actually governing the country, that he will constantly use his o...
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