Thursday, August 13, 2020

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,...

Japan

The Easiest and Hardest Languages to Learn

Some languages you can get the hang of, some languages are pretty tough, and some languages are downright difficult. …And then there are...

Top 30 Countries for Paid Leave & Holidays

Sometimes you can’t wait to get off the laptop and just head to the beach. When it comes to paid leave, however, some...

Japan, One of the World’s Safest Nations

In a country where the April cherry blossoms signify the beginning of the school year, where watermelons are considered a welcome dessert, and...

Japan Crime, Business, and Education Stats in 2015

It’s not easy to predict what kinds of trends we might see this year, but many recent investigations have shed some light on...

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...

In Tokyo, Dancing is a Crime

Police raids on clubs in Tokyo have been gradually increasing in recent years. This isn’t particularly abnormal, because in virtually every country in...

HOUSE DESIGN

30 Countries with the Most Economic Freedom

 The 23rd (2017) edition of the Index of Economic Freedom was released, and the results are surprising. According to the website, “In economically free...

The Scourge of Internet Memes, and Believing Everything You See

Have we become a society of gullibility? Anyone who has a large enough network on social media has been able to see an...

6 Ridiculous Fake News Stories of the Past Year

Donald Trump sends his own plan to transport stranded marines, ISIS endorses Hillary Clinton and she sold them weapons, and Rage Against the...

Media

Psychology

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...

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....

What Really Happened to Phineas Gage? – Psychology’s Most Famous Case Study

If you have ever studied psychology, you probably know the name “Phineas Gage.” He was an American railway worker whose life changed dramatically on September...

Top 10 Most Lucrative Psychology Careers & Sub-fields

Whether or not you found yourself looking for an area of psychology that suits you, you’re researching potential career paths, or you’re warning...

Legal Issues

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...

Understanding ‘Labour Market Flexibility’ Should Matter to You

If you’re someone who wants to work to support yourself (i.e. basically everyone), then the labour market is important for you to understand....

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...

Performance Training

30 Countries with the Most Economic Freedom

 The 23rd (2017) edition of the Index of Economic Freedom was released, and the results are surprising. According to the website, “In economically free...

The Scourge of Internet Memes, and Believing Everything You See

Have we become a society of gullibility? Anyone who has a large enough network on social media has been able to see an...

6 Ridiculous Fake News Stories of the Past Year

Donald Trump sends his own plan to transport stranded marines, ISIS endorses Hillary Clinton and she sold them weapons, and Rage Against the...

2016 Absolutely Sucked

Pretty much once a year, I take a break from my usual articles of epic quality and write something personal, reflective, or otherwise far less-than-eloquent. So I...

The 10 Coolest Science Stories of 2016

There was a lot of interesting stuff that happened this year, from discoveries to developments of fancy new technologies. This article is all...

Aggregators/lists/rankings

 The 23rd (2017) edition of the Index of Economic Freedom was released, and the results are surprising. According to the website, “In economically free...

Activism

Islamic Blasphemy and the “Freedom” to Choose your Own Religion

In the last few weeks, Muslims from Bangladesh have been going crazy trying to fight back against the critical words of bloggers and...

The Apocalypse 2012 is Real (…but not at all what you think)

If a credible source told you the precise day you were going to die, it would presumably cause a great deal of anxiety....

What Does a Week of Gun Violence Look Like in America?

The reason for carrying a gun in America is an obvious and understandable one: protection. After all, there are lots of weapon-wielding psychos...

Iranian Woman Beats Up Cleric After Being Told to Cover Up

Don’t mess with Iranian women. Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Ali Beheshti was just doing his regular religious duties, politely telling an Iranian women to cover...

Biographical

The Scourge of Internet Memes, and Believing Everything You See

Have we become a society of gullibility? Anyone who has a large enough network on social media has been able to see an...

6 Ridiculous Fake News Stories of the Past Year

Donald Trump sends his own plan to transport stranded marines, ISIS endorses Hillary Clinton and she sold them weapons, and Rage Against the...

The REAL Story Behind the Quote “There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute”

“There’s a sucker born every minute” – P.T. Barnum’s most famous words. He is widely considered to be one of the best purveyors...

What Really Happened to Phineas Gage? – Psychology’s Most Famous Case Study

If you have ever studied psychology, you probably know the name “Phineas Gage.” He was an American railway worker whose life changed dramatically on September...

Technology

The 10 Coolest Science Stories of 2016

There was a lot of interesting stuff that happened this year, from discoveries to developments of fancy new technologies. This article is all...

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 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...

Disruptive Technology and Corporate Karate

“Disruptive technology” – a term I dislike, coined by Harvard professor Clayton Christensen in 1995 – refers to an innovation that is generally meant to...

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...

The Psychology of Studying – Writing vs. Typing Your Notes

When it comes to studying, time is a major issue. For students with a high volume of information to study, cramming is...

Medicine & Health

30 Countries with the Most Economic Freedom

 The 23rd (2017) edition of the Index of Economic Freedom was released, and the results are surprising. According to the website, “In economically free...

The Scourge of Internet Memes, and Believing Everything You See

Have we become a society of gullibility? Anyone who has a large enough network on social media has been able to see an...

6 Ridiculous Fake News Stories of the Past Year

Donald Trump sends his own plan to transport stranded marines, ISIS endorses Hillary Clinton and she sold them weapons, and Rage Against the...

2016 Absolutely Sucked

Pretty much once a year, I take a break from my usual articles of epic quality and write something personal, reflective, or otherwise far less-than-eloquent. So I...

The 10 Coolest Science Stories of 2016

There was a lot of interesting stuff that happened this year, from discoveries to developments of fancy new technologies. This article is all...

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,...

Most Expensive and Successful Luxury Brands

We hear lots of brand names in the news, on TV, and in movies. Chances are, even without being particularly well-versed in fashion (or...

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...

Top Travel Destinations and Most Visited Places of 2016

Since it’s summer, it’s a good time to look at the world’s top travel destinations. Of course, there are a lot of ways...

The REAL Story Behind the Quote “There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute”

“There’s a sucker born every minute” – P.T. Barnum’s most famous words. He is widely considered to be one of the best purveyors...

Social Psych

The Secret to Happiness Revealed (No, seriously)

Being happy makes you not only live longer, but it makes you more successful in life. Philosophers have been writing about happiness for ages, and...

Third Culture Kids and Hybrid Cultures

Where are you from? If you’re like most people, the question seems easy enough to answer. But if you hate getting asked that...

Implicit vs. Overt Racism – Are We All a Little Racist?

I hesitate to say “there are two types of racists out there,” but there are two types of racism. One is the blatant...

Scientific Consensus and the Obvious Truth about Global Climate Change

I often ask questions in my article titles, but the question “are we responsible for climate change?” is simply unnecessary. From the overwhelming...