Of the lineage of David

There have been studies showing that thinking about where we ultimately headed (death boosts our self esteem because it causes us to search for happy thoughts. Now comes research finding that our performance is enhanced by thinking about whence we came -- our ancestors.

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Over the river and through the woods...

...To Grandfather's house we go; The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the white and drifted snow.
If we could get to places instantaneously, would we opt for it? To put it another way, is travel a cost or a benefit?

Related: Standard GDP accounting understates value of Swedish reindeer. There's more to reindeer than jerky.

The whys of the riots

UPDATED: Channel 4 news explores the reasons behind the riots in London and elsewhere:

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What would you have done at Penn State?

Scott Huler in Scientific American writes about why witnesses don't report abuse when they witness it:

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Creating a culture of candor

Some lessons for the church from The Harvard Business Review on creating a culture where people can be honest for the good of the organization:

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Could you convince a Christian you're a Christian?

What Happens When We Turn the World's Most Famous Robot Test on Ourselves? The Atlantic:

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Fifty years of family planning policy helps families, society

Family planning policies over the last 50 years have had significant positive effects on children’s well-being, according to a new paper presented at the Spring 2013 Conference on the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity (BPEA).

According to the study, children born after taxpayer-funded family planning programs began benefitted from increased economic resources: lived in higher income households and were significantly less likely to live in poverty or in households receiving any public assistance.

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Kindness: the key to long term relationships

The Atlantic reveals the key to "happily ever after":

Social scientists first started studying marriages by observing them in action in the 1970s in response to a crisis: Married couples were divorcing at unprecedented rates.

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