The Truth about Thanksgiving: Why You Should Celebrate

The First Thanksgiving, 1621, painting by J.L.G. Ferris (1863-1930). Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (neg. no. LC-USZC4-4961)

The antidote to feel-good history is not feel-bad history but honest and inclusive history. James Loewen, Lies My Teacher Told Me, 92. It’s becoming increasingly difficult for Americans to celebrate Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving, as we take turns around the dinner table sharing why we are thankful, a sense of awkwardness settles in. The awkwardness is not [Read More...]

New York Times Video and Mimetic Theory Part 1: The Contagion of Yawning and the Social Glue

It just so happens that middle schoolers and the New York Times are asking the same question: “Why is yawning contagious?” Unfortunately, the New York Times doesn’t answer the question in their video. The closest it gets to an answer is to say, “Scientists see this yawning as part of the social glue that holds [Read More...]

Dieting to Extremes: Anorexia, Mimetic Desire and the Death of Isabelle Caro

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Are you on a diet now? Are you starting one tomorrow? Dieting is a preoccupation for most of us, the result of living in a land in which we are bombarded with two competing messages: advertisements of often irresistible foodstuffs and media idols celebrated for their svelte figures. Some of us manage to lose some [Read More...]


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