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Video: We are built to be kind

Human nature is often portrayed as selfish and power hungry, but research by Dacher Keltner finds that we are hard-wired to be kind.

July 7, 2019 · 2 Comments

Baruch November: Our Captain Speaking

hard pretzels curved to the shape
of life’s perilous twists

May 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: To Tell You the Story

Yannis Behrakis, one of the world’s most respected photographers who chronicled with empathy “the best and the worst of humankind” in global conflicts and crises, has died of cancer at 58. Born … Continue reading

March 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Fay Bound Alberti: One is the loneliest number

The history of a Western problem ‘God, but life is loneliness,’ declared the writer Sylvia Plath in her private journals. Despite all the grins and smiles we exchange, she says, … Continue reading

December 15, 2018 · 3 Comments

Video: Brené Brown on Blame

. You are probably a bit of a blamer – most of us are. But why should we give it up? In this short animated film, inspirational thinker Brené Brown … Continue reading

October 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Romero: Face in the Mirror

I have nothing to give you. Nothing is so marked that it cannot cheat you By its own nature and pass through your hands Like fairy money.   I stand … Continue reading

August 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Helen Fisher “The Brain in Love”

. Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for it? To learn more about our very real, very physical need for romantic … Continue reading

July 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

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