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Which Colors Do You Smell?

Hazelnut smells like brown, unless you’re Malaysian Chinese.

Book Reviews

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The Truman Show Delusion: Can Culture Make Us Crazy?

Two brothers—a philosopher and a doctor—attempt to explain the cultural roots of madness.

Over the Speakers

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A Tale of 2 Cultures: We Live in a Stadium, but Need a Sanctuary

We need not only to attend events but also to take the time to attend to what happens and reflect on those events in the moment.

In the Classroom

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The Problem With a Culture of Excellence

Asian Americans have become a model of academic achievement. This is bad news for basically everyone.

Quick Studies

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Do Minorities Fare Better at Multicultural Colleges?

Black and Hispanic college students experience more loneliness and depression than their white peers, even at schools where whites are the racial minority.

You Don't Know America

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The World’s Weird America: How Some of Our Most Popular Products Are Seen Overseas

Why David Hasselhoff and Baywatch hit it big in Germany, Mister Donut took off in Japan, and the ritual of Slurpee-filling is so different in Taiwan than in your local 7-Eleven.

Quick Studies

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Is Women’s Underwear a Form of Cultural Capital?

A researcher offers some lofty theories about some pretty basic observations.

This Is Your Brain

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Culture Creep: How and Why We Separate the Artist From the Art

Woody Allen married his stepdaughter, Coco Chanel slept with Nazis, and R. Kelly is a sexual predator, but our brains find a way to let us appreciate their art.

Book Reviews

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Through a Data Set, Darkly

Is quantitative analysis the secret to understanding culture?

 

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Report Paints Grim Picture of Arts, Culture Economy

Production of cultural goods and services took a huge hit with the recession, and has been slow to rebound.

 

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What Does an American Look Like?

The majority of us—even those of us who oppose racism and embrace the idea that the U.S. is a nation of immigrants—hold the belief that America = white.

 

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Talking With Choire Sicha and Caleb Crain About Their New Books

Choire hopes people hate his book. Caleb just wants people to get his. Jane Hu spoke to the two of them—when they weren’t talking to each other.

 

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Why Are We So Obsessed With Sharks?

Shark Week is coming! You’re probably excited, and that’s kind of strange.

 

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Whither Cultural Critics?

With access to books, movies, and television more open than ever, and research showing that crowdsourcing leads to biases, cultural criticism needs to change.

 

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The Music Festival Bubble

When will it pop?

Culture Essays

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The Problem With Psychiatry, the ‘DSM,’ and the Way We Study Mental Illness

Psychiatry is under attack for not being scientific enough, but the real problem is its blindness to culture. When it comes to mental illness, we wear the disorders that come off the rack.

 

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Terrorism and Privilege: Tim Wise on the Power of Whiteness

A prominent anti-racism author attempts to identify what it is that allows many of us to view the Boston bombings and other tragic events as merely horrific.

Culture Essays

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It Gets Better, Y’all

If the South is really such a backward place, why is it so in love with Brad Paisley?

Features

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We Aren’t the World

Joe Henrich and his colleagues are shaking the foundations of psychology and economics—and hoping to change the way social scientists think about human behavior and culture.

 

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Do the Arts Open Hearts?

New NEA-funded research finds a link between altruistic behavior and attending cultural events.

 

Dip in Arts Attendance Tied to Decline of the Omnivore

A new NEA study finds the group of people who regularly attend arts events is both shrinking and getting less active.

 

Different Cultures, Different Robots

Industry might seem like a universal language, but how different cultures are husbanding their robots shows there are several dialects.

 

The Veil Becomes a Fashion Statement

The politics swirling around the cultural attire associated with Islam may cover up an obvious rationale — it’s currently fashionable in some circles.

 

Things Fall Together: An Introduction

Meet Miller-McCune.com’s newest blogger Sameer Pandya and his ‘Research of Culture.’

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And it's probably something we should work on.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Brain

Neuroscientists find less—but potentially stronger—white matter in the brains of patients with CFS.

Incumbents, Pray for Rain

Come next Tuesday, rain could push voters toward safer, more predictable candidates.

Could Economics Benefit From Computer Science Thinking?

Computational complexity could offer new insight into old ideas in biology and, yes, even the dismal science.

Politicians Really Aren’t Better Decision Makers

Politicians took part in a classic choice experiment but failed to do better than the rest of us.

The Big One

One town, Champlain, New York, was the source of nearly half the scams targeting small businesses in the United States last year. November/December 2014

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