The funny thing about adversity

DOES adver­sity harden hearts or warm them? Does expe­ri­encing depri­va­tion, dis­aster or ill­ness make a person more — or less — sym­pa­thetic to the tra­vails of others? You’ve prob­ably encoun­tered examples […]

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Money for wildfires

To the Editor: Pouring more money into fighting wild­fires without first changing the Forest Service’s forest man­age­ment prac­tices will only pro­mote more fires at greater costs. Wild­fires are part of nature’s way […]

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A law degree is no job guarantee

To the Editor: Steven J. Harper unfairly assesses the number of Amer­ican law stu­dents based on employ­ment sta­tis­tics rather than on the more salient fact that so many Amer­i­cans cannot afford […]

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Psychology is not in crisis

Boston — IS psy­chology in the midst of a research crisis? An ini­tia­tive called the Repro­ducibility Project at the Uni­ver­sity of Vir­ginia recently reran 100 psy­chology exper­i­ments and found that […]

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The cold cases of the Jim Crow era

IN March 1941, Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt received a letter from a des­perate mother. Her son, who was black, had been killed two years ear­lier, his body pulled from a […]

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What emotions are (and aren’t)

Most people, including many sci­en­tists, believe that emo­tions are dis­tinct, locat­able enti­ties inside us — but they’re not. Searching for emo­tions in this form is as mis­guided as looking for […]

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The bicycle and the ride to modern America

In addi­tion to air-​​​​filled rubber tires, we can thank the bicycle for essen­tial tech­nolo­gies like ball bear­ings, orig­i­nally devised to reduce fric­tion in the bicycle’s axle and steering column; for […]

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Art in public spaces

THOMAS STARR Boston The writer is a pro­fessor of graphic design at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. Regarding “public art,” one must first define “art.” And who are the arbiters? Your “beauty” may […]

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