Lego is not just a toy. The bricks are designed as a universal tool to make anything we can imagine.
In a new book, philosophers argue that Lego's coloured bricks are not just a toy, but a tool that raises challenging questions about creativity, conformity and culture.
How do harsher measures to counter possible terrorist attacks impact our relation to political life and to citizenship ?
Counter-terrorism policies have social and political impacts on citizenship, identity and our perception of self and the Other. Through the British case, Lee Jarvis discusses his latest research with Sylvain Antichan.
What does it mean to have a cosmopolitan identity?
Protestors on a Stop Brexit march in Manchester during the Conservative Party conference.
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New research shows that not all young people are totally devastated by the referendum result.
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An expert in artificial intelligence believes we're not ready for the challenges posed by Saudi Arabia granting a robot citizenship. Key questions about robot identity and rights remain unanswered.
Pro-EU march in London, March 25, 2017.
Despite the peace and prosperity brought about by the EU, it continues to be seen as remote and antidemocratic. How can this be fixed ? One possibility is the creation of a Commissioner for Happiness.
English language minority students can struggle to express themselves authentically in online courses if they are new to the conventions of Western discourse and written academic style.
The discourse and structure of online learning can exclude English language minority students. Techniques such as video chats, "safe houses" and content-focused grading can support their success.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta waves as he leaves a campaign rally in the capital.
While Kenya's political leaders often adopt a populist approach to politics, it's not unimaginable that the courts could also pursue a populist path by claiming to speak for the people.
« La danseuse de cordes s'accompagne avec ses ombres », by Man Ray (1916).
A biologist and a philosopher discuss the illusion of being oneself and religion.
In Lower Fungom, Cameroon men sing while working, highlighting the local culture.
To understand the full scale of the world's linguistic diversity, we should be thinking about languages and how speakers relate to them.
Protesters hold signs at the Chicago Women’s March in January 2017.
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In the first study of the relationship between gender and national identity, the authors wonder if the answer might explain why the country still hasn't had a female vice president or president.
When school gets tough, do you think it’s worthwhile? Or time to give up?
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A high school science test, a Psych 101 course, long job applications: Sometimes it's hard to be motivated to succeed. As it turns out, how you respond to difficulty and ease can make all the difference.
If you don't know what you are as a nation, how can you know what you want?
It originated as a Reddit post. The president tweeted it. Then all hell broke loose.
The national story of an anonymous Reddit user's post – and the threat to unmask him – raises important questions about the role of online communication in our society.
Man has his hair cut by his father in Goldsboro, Florida.
Research on how black people try to avoid racism in their daily lives shows that following white, mainstream standards can have mixed results.
One of Japan’s biggest food trends right now is Bulgarian yoghurt.
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How a simple bacterium traveled across time and space to become Japan's latest food fad.
No need for a bank: Just a smartphone and a blockchain.
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Already becoming a darling of Wall Street, blockchain technology's biggest real benefits could come to the world's poorest people. Here's how.
Do school uniforms repress culture and identity?
By providing a blanket approach to uniform policies, schools risk repressing cultural identity and diversity.
People’s sense of self is partly determined by the groups to which they belong: “I’m a smoker”.
Cigarette brands present images of slender, stylish women and strong, independent men. Plain packaging breaks this positive brand identity for some smokers.
How you package the information matters.
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Are we in a race against climate change? Or is it a war? How does thinking of the past or the future affect your support for the science? Researchers are learning how metaphors and context matter.