Economists try to create and use maps to navigate the world of human choices. But in some ways, these maps are limited.
A connection can be made in between Ursula Le Guin’s fiction and her father’s groundbreaking work in anthropology.
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Le Guin's father, Alfred Kroeber, was at a forefront of a movement that rejected social Darwinism and cultural superiority. In his daughter's fiction, we see these ideas come to life.
What if governments paid everyone a certain amount of money to cover basic needs?
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innovation, science and economic development minister, takes part in a technology event in Ottawa in May 2017. The Canadian government has started up a $1.26-billion fund to support innovation-related business investments.
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If leaders of educational institutions are concerned about the employability of graduates, they should avoid over-investing in STEM subjects and stop snubbing liberal arts.
If the government expanded the new $73 million Student Work-Integrated Learning program to all students it could help tackle Canada’s most intractable social problems — such as homelessness, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, affordable housing, social cohesion and intercultural understanding.
A new government program will create 10,000 work placements for undergraduates in only business and STEM subjects. Why not fund students to innovate in the social sector too?
Women in colourful traditional dress in Nosy Be, Madagascar.
Island philosophies can be used to decolonise university courses and teaching. They can also advance sustainable development models and, ultimately, achieve responsible tourism.
Most law schools frown upon their students questioning how laws were originally conceived. But a Canadian law school once argued convincingly that law should be taught as a social science.
Try thinking of exercise as fun and something to enjoy with friends.
Cycle lanes work in Florence, Italy. That doesn’t mean they’ll work everywhere.
Successful policy interventions, especially those in the social realm influenced by the vagaries of human behaviour, don’t seem to travel well.
It's become fashionable to suggest that generational designations are arbitrary or a 'myth.' But social scientists can pinpoint generational and cultural changes with a surprising degree of accuracy.
Walt Disney used defaults to get children to eat healthier foods, but not all nudges have consumers’ interests at heart.
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Defaults are powerful tools that policymakers and marketers can use to nudge us to make certain choices, whether in our interest or in theirs. How do we ensure they're used responsibly?
The construction of Indonesia’s Prambanan temple in 850 also affected the planet.
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The Anthropocene most likely started long before the 1950s.
Women are more likely to be attracted to a man who has been “chosen” before.
Research has found people with relationship experience, all else being equal, tend to be more romantically desirable than people without relationship experience.
Collaboration is key.
African academics living in the diaspora have access to resources that can really help their peers working on the continent.
A crack in the culture?
The thousands of Wells Fargo low-wage employees who defrauded customers likely knew how it felt to face unfair overdraft fees or a deteriorating credit rating. So why did they do it?
Do you really?
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What happens when you ‘brown-nose’ your boss is more complicated than you think -- and can change how she’s perceived by colleagues.
Hungry children stretch out their hands at a Somalian refugee camp in 2011.
Talking about food is a productive way to understand a complex world. The dinner table is a place where the shame of poverty is most acutely experienced.
Each tweet that relays an emotion, opinion or idea joins millions of others.
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On Twitter's 10th birthday, we look at how researchers have used the platform for a range of studies, from predicting the next flu outbreak to identifying the happiest city in America.
Does what’s most usual seem inherently good to you?
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It's a common quirk of human psychology to make the mental leap that the way things are is the way things ought to be. New research into how we explain the world around us sheds light on the phenomenon.
Education should be a laughing matter.
Irony can provide new theoretical insights. Social scientists should embrace it.