Defining common cultural literacy for an increasingly diverse nation.
Is the culture war over?
What compassion does to the brain.
What is the Islamic State?
A Fourth of July thought experiment
Brian Grazer has some rules for success. He hasn’t always followed them.
1. Youngstown, U.S.A.
People labeled “smart” at a young age don’t deal well with being wrong. Life grows stagnant.
At whatever age smart people develop the idea that they are smart, they also tend to develop vulnerability around relinquishing that label. So the difference between telling a kid “You did a great job” and “You are smart” isn’t subtle. That is, at least, according to one growing movement in education and parenting that advocates for retirement of “the S word.”
The idea is that when we praise kids for being smart, those kids think: Oh good, I'm smart. And then later, when those kids mess up, which they will, they think: Oh no, I'm not smart after all. People will think I’m not smart after all. And that’s the worst. That’s a risk to avoid, they learn.“Smart” kids stand to become especially averse to making mistakes, which are critical to learning and succeeding.
It's quite possible to live and date in New York without a smartphone.
A new documentary explores an evolutionary mystery.