There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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The case for progress
Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D.
If premonitions are impossible, why do many of us have them?
Psychiatrists, a new book maintains, cannot establish chains of causation for mental disorders.
How corporate elites and politicians have evaded their responsibility to address environmental catastrophes.
The new age of electronic surveillance features NSA data-mining and an economy that depends on the monetization of private information.
Why the U.S. spends more money on health care than other affluent countries.
How grief can help us re-examine our “practical identities.”
New death rituals are more improvised, individualized, and reflect a green burial ethos.
Are people programmed to make love, war, both, or neither?
An analysis of mistaken beliefs, fallacious reasoning, and the tools of rationality.
How can cities improve underperforming public health systems, policing and schools?
Explaining the stalemate on environmental regulations and the administrative state during the last 40 years.
Involuntarily aroused, feelings are interpreted as emotions by the unique filter of memory.
Powerful narratives illuminate how we should talk, to whom, and when to get greater clarity and compassion in our relationships.
Government oversight and regulation played a pivotal role in increasing life expectancy.
What a new social contract related to childhood, education, work, healthcare, and aging should look like.
Can Americans adopt a new way to address conflict that is more satisfying than fighting, running away or staying silent?
We need to decide how we can fight self-deception and when (and how much) we should embrace it.
Rooting around in memory closets, real and metaphorical, can provide an outsider’s perspective and enable us to hear our own voices in different ways.
When we dream, our brain entertains possibilities we might reject in the light of day.
What has—and hasn’t—changed in adoption policies that have left so many feeling lost and unloved.
Mental illness diagnoses should supplement neurology with social, cultural, and environmental factors.
Instead of a binary of “normal” and “abnormal” children, the concept of neurodiversity helps ensure a fit of individuals (including autistic people) with their environments.
What the founding fathers learned from classical Greece and Rome about politics, the public good, and self-interest — and how those lessons apply now.
How and why scientists confine themselves to empirical facts and ignore aesthetic, religious, psychological, and philosophical arguments.
The many and varied ways in which far-right ideologies have entered the mainstream of American culture.
Affirming the rights of children and enhancing the role to improve their communities is vitally important—but the challenges are daunting.
Traditional youth mentoring programs yield meager results. But mentoring programs that take into account risk factors, set goals, and assign homework can have a substantial impact.
How to forge friendships that provide a secure base, a safe harbor, adapt to changing circumstances, avoid racism’s trapdoor, and address conflicts that arise in all relationships.
How poker teaches us about first impressions, the internal locus of control, hot hands, bad beats, skill, and luck.
How a culture of feeling that everything can—and must—be sorted, accounted for, validated, and gratified rubs off on us psychically and often lets us down.
Glenn C. Altschuler, Ph.D., is the Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies at Cornell University.