How Can We Get Along When We Disagree?

This week isn’t just the week leading up to Independence Day here in the U.S. – it’s also a week full of contentious Supreme Court decisions, including Monday’s ruling regarding Hobby Lobby and the decisions that will likely result. So it seemed appropriate that Q Ideas’ weekly question is “How can we get along when [Read More...]

On Skimming

Here’s an interesting piece on how people read online – and what that might mean for how we write online: I’m going to keep this brief, because you’re not going to stick around for long. I’ve already lost a bunch of you. For every 161 people who landed on this page, about 61 of you—38 percent—are [Read More...]

Envy, Death, and Toilets

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What do envy, death, and toilets have in common? They have all been featured in recent articles in the New York Times. I found each of these to be fascinating, so I’m recommending them to you. “Envy May Bear Fruit, But It Also Has an Aftertaste” John Tierney examines recent studies on envy. His main [Read More...]

Reading the Times: What’s Beyond Happiness?

John Tierney reports on a change of mind from the founder of the positive psychology movement. Here’s how his story begins: Is happiness overrated? Martin Seligman now thinks so, which may seem like an odd position for the founder of the positive psychology movement. As president of the American Pyschological Association in the late 1990s, [Read More...]


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