Society and Culture

The Pursuit of Happiness

Summer 2014

The Pursuit of Happiness

Martin Coates

Happiness is often regarded as a basic human right these days, but does a person’s ability to be happy depend on circumstances, or can we achieve it despite living under trying conditions? Current research confirms ancient wisdom on finding real happiness. 

September 3, 2013

The Porn Plague

David Hulme

A few years ago an article in The Atlantic carried the headline, “Is Pornography Adultery?” As the subhead noted, it may be closer than you think.

Henry Ford the Peoples Tycoon

Fall 2013

Henry Ford: The People’s Tycoon

Michael McKinney

Henry Ford will always be remembered for revolutionizing factory work and, of course, for giving the world the Model T.

Manufacturing a Consumer Culture

Fall 2013

Manufacturing a Consumer Culture

Laura Cloer

Dan Cloer

Science and technology have radically changed the world, making us the greatest consumers in history. But are we any happier? Does having more give us more?

August 28, 2013

The Chinese Century?

David Hulme

Insight Video: On the list of top economic powers, China moved into second position in 2010. Will the 21st century be Chinese? What might this mean for the rest of the world?

June 26, 2013

Global Problems, Global Solutions, Part 4

David Hulme

Across the Middle East the uprisings of the Arab Spring gave way to disillusion in many places. Why is good government so hard to achieve?

Book Review: The Slow Road to Solving Problems

June 17, 2013

The Slow Road to Solving Problems

Ashley Newman

In our fast-paced society, to say that a problem has a complex solution can sound like a negative. If it is really the solution, shouldn’t it be simple?

March 29, 2013

Global Problems, Global Solutions, Part 2

David Hulme

Without adequate water supplies, food cannot be produced. Population growth and increasing prosperity are exerting demands on resources that cannot be withstood.