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Why So Unserious?

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Why So Unserious?

A piece in the The New York Times reviews a recent book by Lee Siegel, Are You Serious?: How to Be True and Get Real in the Age of Silly. Surveying a variety of examples from both high and popular culture, Siegel claims that in our age, we no longer know how to be “serious”: […]

Toddlers–Selfish or Selfless?

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Toddlers–Selfish or Selfless?

Are children naturally altruistic? A recent study seems to suggest so: “When infants 18 months old see an unrelated adult whose hands are full and who needs assistance opening a door or picking up a dropped clothespin, they will immediately help” Michael Tomasello writes in “Why We Cooperate,” a book published in October. Dr. Tomasello’s […]

Campus Media Response: Holiday Materialism Serves Spiritual Needs

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Campus Media Response: Holiday Materialism Serves Spiritual Needs

Consumerism masks true significance of Christmas The Daily Nebraskan, December 7, 2009 Dear editors, Monica Sanford rehearses the cliché that consumerism and materialism have corrupted the “true significance” of Christmas. Though Sanford is not a Christian, she trots out the artificial meaning Christians have assigned to the holiday to support the cliché. It is widely […]

A Tribute to Dr. Norman Borlaug and Man’s Capacity to Shape Nature

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A Tribute to Dr. Norman Borlaug and Man’s Capacity to Shape Nature

September 12th should be a global day of mourning. For that is the day that one of mankind’s greatest heroes and benefactors passed away, though barely a whisper of his passing has been heard since the weekend. Each one of us who is glad to be alive should find a way to commemorate the life […]

Obama the Intellectual?

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Obama the Intellectual?

Some say we finally have a President who is a thinker. Do we? An “open, out-of-the-closet, practicing intellectual”—this was New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s laudatory description of America’s new president. Kristof, echoed by a chorus of similar commentators, was expressing hope that Obama might help combat a growing anti-intellectual climate in America today. Obama […]

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Enforcing ‘Constructive Behavioral Change’

A group of college presidents has sparked debate by signing a petition urging the drinking age be lowered to 18, the legally recognized age of adulthood. They argue that “twenty-one is not working” because it has “not resulted in significant constructive behavioral change among our students.” Several groups are opposing this campaign, among them Mothers […]