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How to Do Social Science Without Data

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Lessons from the imaginative scholarship of Zygmunt Bauman.


The Rise and Fall of European Meritocracy

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Today’s populists don’t want to nationalize industry. They want to nationalize the elite.


To Make the World Better, Think Small

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It is easy to become numb to suffering. Feeling empathy for individual victims can overcome the numbness.


The Perfect Gift? It’s the One They Asked For

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Social scientists have come up with useful advice for gift-giving during the holiday season. Rule 1: Nobody really cares how much thought you put into it.


Daily Report: Your Choice of Computer Voice is Predictable

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If your new talking computing device has the voice of a young woman, don’t be surprised. Most artificially intelligent devices sound that way.