How would you explain the United States of America to someone from another planet? Having grown up in the USA, it’s hard to step outside of the considerable bubble that Americans inhabit and take any kind of objective view of our country and its history. But I feel it necessary…


Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America

Kurt Andersen 2020

Most people agree that something profound happened to American politics and its economy during the past fifty years. After the Greatest Generation survived the Depression, won World War II, and built a behemoth economy and government to boot, something big changed right around 1970. …


The Anthropocene Reviewed

John Green 2021

What is the Anthropocene? It’s the tiny bit of Earth history that has been dominated by human activity, a mere 15,000 or so year. That is but a blip in the billions of years that Earth has existed, and the last 200 years account for the most activity and lasting…


Florida. The Sunshine State and home of beautiful beaches, dazzling theme parks and Mar-a-lago. And one of the worst states in the USA. (Covid-19 has made that race to the bottom a nail-biter) Mind you- I love Florida and have been there many times. …


Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment

Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony and Cass Sunstein 2021

Insurance adjusters, judges, doctors, and forecasters of all types have to take incomplete and conflicting information and come up with a decision, often quickly. In many cases they have a lot of freedom in the scope of their decision. A judge can impose a 10 year sentence to one criminal…


There used to be a time when employers and employees trusted each other for the most part. Employees trusted the companies they worked for to provide them with steady work and pay, plus fringe benefits, and employers trusted their employees to show up, work hard, and be loyal. …


How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

Katy Milkman 2021

Are we slaves to our past, or are we capable of making substantial life changes even when the odds are stacked against us? Anybody who has ever set a goal to lose weight, find love, or get a better job has run up against the roadblocks that divert most of…


Everyone who lived through the year 2020 will forever remember that year and its hardships and struggles. Pandemics like Covid-19 are both transformative and rare, and the lessons that we take from that year can either help us or hurt us. Work and family life was disrupted, while vacations, family…


How would you explain the United States of America to someone from another planet? Having grown up in the USA, it’s hard to step outside of the considerable bubble that Americans inhabit and take any kind of objective view of our country and its history. But I feel it necessary…


We are all suckers for a happy ending. There may not be many in real life, but seeing them play out on the big or small screens can be inspirational, life-affirming, and heart-warming. …

Dan Connors

Dan Connors is a freelance writer from St. Louis, Missouri. He writes on a variety of topics including mental health, entertainment, and book reviews

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