Category Archives: Culture

Top News Stories of 2016 (in comedy videos)

No two ways around it – 2016 was a big year. There were a lot of huge stories this year, including the refugee crisis, the Brussels bombings, the Zika virus, the Orlanda shooting, Black Lives Matter protests, a coup was attempted … Continue reading

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The Weapons Effect – Does the Mere Presence of a Gun Increase Aggression?

A provocative question indeed: Do we seeing lots of gun deaths in America because of people’s aggression? Or is it possible that aggression is actually increased because there are so many guns in the country? The “weapons effect” is the theory … Continue reading

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Why Working Fewer Days/Hours is Better for Everyone

A lot has happened since John Maynard Keynes predicted in 1930 that a century later, we would be working only 15 hours a week. He may have made this calculation on expected output in relation to increasing productivity, but he must … Continue reading

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Are You a National or a Global Citizen?

A recent poll looked at the opinions of 20,000 people in 18 countries around the world regarding self-perceptions of citizenship. It showed that a significant amount of people – more than half – agreed that they consider themselves as “global citizens” more than … Continue reading

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The Deadliest Machine on Earth?

What’s the deadliest weapon known to humankind? An atom bomb? A virus? Maybe it depends on how we look at history, or the definition of the “weapon.” But in modern times, in our civilized societies, the statistics always point to … Continue reading

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Who’s More Believable: Science Expert or Random Internet Commenter?

In the latest battle of the war on science, many ignorant parents are risking the lives of their children and others by choosing not to vaccinate their children. This is a terrible idea, but the false, unethical, fraudulent, discredited, expunged … Continue reading

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Mass Shootings – Increased incidents, or just increased reporting?

One of the most fascinating contentions out of Steven Pinker’s 2011 book “The Better Angels of Our Nature” is that we are actually in the most peaceful time in world history. It may be hard to swallow at first – … Continue reading

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Top 10 Stunning Misconceptions of the Effects of Smartphone Usage

Phones nowadays are not simply the modes of communication anymore, they’re compact and sophisticated computers. The world has gone digital, and most children growing up today have no sense of what it is like to live without being connected. The … Continue reading

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Be Smart, Move to Germany (not in that order)

Is it just me, or is Germany possibly the greatest country in the world today…? Germany is considered the 5th best place to be young in the world (3rd in Europe), and with 64% of the population speaking English, it’s … Continue reading

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Are Japanese Teachers Less Competent than their Foreign Counterparts?

I know what you’re thinking – how could you suggest that the average teacher in any country is incompetent? Such things depend on the way you define “competence,” and how you measure it. How could you suggest that one of … Continue reading

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