Knox College

Knox College is a community of individuals from diverse backgrounds challenging each other to explore, understand and improve ourselves, our society and our world. The commitment to put learning to use to accomplish both personal and social goals dates back to the founding of the College in 1837. We take particular pride in the College’s early commitment to increase access to all qualified students of varied backgrounds, races and conditions, regardless of financial means.

Today, we continue to expand both the historic mission and the tradition of active liberal arts learning. We provide an environment where students and faculty work closely together and where teaching is characterized by inviting and expecting students to pursue fundamental questions in order to reach their own reflective but independent judgments.


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Sometimes you don’t know whether to laugh or cry. 'Clowns' via

The psychology behind why clowns creep us out

Random clown sightings are on the rise nationwide, and no one's laughing. A psychologist who has studied creepiness explains why clowns are especially adept at making us squirm.
Le bonheur, sentiment éphémère, nous semble souvent hors de portée. Steve Corey/Flickr

La recherche du bonheur est-elle un leurre ?

Les livres de développement personnel nous donnent toujours plus de clés pour atteindre le bonheur. Alors pourquoi semble-t-il perpétuellement nous échapper?
In life, happiness can seem fleeting and elusive, something just out of reach. Steve Corey/flickr

Why you shouldn’t want to always be happy

The positive psychology movement led to hundreds of studies dedicated to improving human happiness. So why has nothing changed?
The 1992 class photo from Morse High School in San Diego, California. Ewen Roberts/flickr

Why high school stays with us forever

Evolutionary psychology could explain why the memories and friendships formed during these years seem more vivid, potent and meaningful than those from any other stage of life.

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