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How can strangers quickly become friends? Or at least avoid being enemies?

On my way back from vacation, I passed through Miami International Airport. It's an enormous place, so I spent a half hour walking from one terminal to another.

A middle-aged TSA ...

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I've started reading Yale sociologist Nicholas Christakis's book Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society.

Christakis is something of a ...

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If you want to hear stupid ideas, talk to a stupid person. But if you want to hear incredibly, mind-bogglingly stupid ideas, talk to a smart person.

It's not a new insight. Political pundit William F. Buckley once said that he "would rather entrust the government of the ...

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Posting will be intermittent for the next couple of weeks. A picture is worth a thousand words.


Check out my book Why Sane People Believe Crazy Things: How Belief Can Help or Hurt Social Peace. Kirkus Reviews called it an "impressively nuanced analysis."

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Back in the 1960s, the great rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote Who Is Man? based on lectures he gave at Stanford University.

But to ask "who is man?" assumes that we've' previously answered the question "what is man?"

If ...

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