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King Solomon in old age
The first American baby boomer reached retirement age this year.  By 2030, one-in-five Americans will be a Boomer past 65.  This "silver tsunami" as it's been called, will carry much of what we know about American culture with it:  when one-in-five people are over 65, our economy is just one aspect of society that will...
Four Horseman of the Apocalypse
 In response to several studies showing that empathy has declined significantly among the young, and that social media is correlated with narcissism, a new group of educators are hoping to counter the trend by teaching empathy in college classes.  Previous research, some by Saybrook University’s Joel Federman, has shown this...
Munch's classic painting "The Scream"
In 2009 a major study (pdf) showed that women were increasingly unhappy in the modern world – and a host of pundits, psychologists, and sociologists asked “What’s happened to the fairer sex?” Was it feminism that was making women less happy? Economic inequality? Higher expectations? Loneliness? Feminism? (That one came up a...
Maslow's hierarchy of needs
 What increases our sense of well-being? Is having our physical needs met sufficient to live the good life?  These are questions with a long pedigree, but in the modern world we usually turn to Abraham Maslow and his “hierarchy of needs” for an answer.  Famously shaped like a pyramid, the “hierarchy” lays...
Rembrandt's self-portrait
The search for the subjective self To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one’s self. And to venture in the highest sense is precisely to become conscious of one’s self. -Kierkegaard (May, 1953) When we embark on a quest to find the subjective self, we enter rough terrain. For that reason, many choose not to go at all...

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