Spanish speakers dominate, with 38.4 million U.S. residents — roughly 12 percent of the total population — speaking Spanish at home.
Indian malls are symbols of what the two countries say they want less of in general
— Americans exporting their lifestyle and habits to India without considering how different India is,
and Indians taking up our finer American lifestyles and habits without considering how different the U.S. is.
“Women and girls are brought with price tags for the buyers to choose and negotiate the sale.”
We are evolutionarily trained to pay attention to potential threats.
But here’s the catch: our brains can’t really tell the difference between immediate and distant dangers.
“That’s why fear-mongering on the news works”
.. the bombing campaign got a thumbs-up from people who had no information about Syria’s civil war, including its duration, the parties involved, and what a Sunni is.
Are people less willing to trust people of a different race or party affiliation?
The researchers found that race didn’t matter — but party did.
People are significantly more trusting of others who share their party affiliation.
“Those marchers are holding signs that say ‘Scientists this, scientists that.’ ”
“Well, how can scientists be sure that the Earth was colder thousands of years ago, when no one had invented a thermometer?”
And integral to that notion of American masculinity is violence.
Football is our culture’s great spectacle of violence, our version of the gladiatorial games of ancient Rome.
You can see signs of football’s celebration of amped-up manhood in the pageantry of our own bread and circuses: the military jet flyovers, the Built Ford Tough commercials, the shiny uniforms, the amplified crunching sound of hard hits, the big-knotted ties, and the pregame show special effects that seem like something out of Transformers 12.
So where do those billions in revenue go?
In part to pay coaches (the highest-paid government official in many states is the football coach).
In part to subsidize other student sports that make less money. And in part on an arms race to build the best stadiums and training facilities, to attract the best athletes, to sustain the success of the football teams, to generate more revenue, to pay the best coaches… and so on.
.. the deep-rooted nature of “symbolic capacity”. This ability, some anthropologists argue, is the significant development in human history.
When we evolved symbolic capacity, it allowed us to create “external memory stores” such as art, ritual, and eventually the written word.
It allowed us to invent culture, the prism through which every individual’s behaviour and experience is refracted. Eventually it helped us to build the internet – the place into which we appear to be pouring our culture for safekeeping.
.. the real point isn’t that Germans love cash.
It’s that—for the same historical reasons—they loathe debt.
(Armchair anthropologists have also long noted that German word for debt—Schulden—comes from the word for guilt, Schuld.)
The expression derives from “kicking the bucket,” a euphemism for dying of obscure origin but blunt and vivid suggestiveness.
(Etymologists suggest that the bucket being kicked is not, as we might imagine, a pail, but a corruption of the Old French word buquet, meaning a balance or beam, from which slaughtered animals were suspended.)
New York Fashion Week is a sensory overload, a late-summer spectacle of runway shows, performances, parties, photo ops, and social media.
But it’s also exciting, engaging, and inspiring—and can quickly dissolve any of summer’s lingering languor and ennui in time for autumn.
“We Chinese know how to eat bitterness. Our own rulers kill more of us than any foreign power ever did. We endure. We are patient.”
“Japan has her secrets. Many are open secrets. We Japanese are aware of them, are ashamed of them, and don’t speak of them often, if ever.”
From the 1950s to 2010, married couple families dropped from two-thirds of all households to 45 percent, less than half.
What appears to have been at work is a problematic multiculturalism to which European countries have subscribed too easily.
It’s the kind of multiculturalism that is really a form of separatism: you stay in your enclave and we’ll stay in ours; …
In the ancient world, good ideas were thought to come from the gods, or, at any rate, from outside of the self.
During the Enlightenment, rationality was the guiding principle, and philosophers sought out procedures for thinking, such as the scientific method, that might result in new knowledge.
While conventional scientific wisdom has previously held that the anger face is an arbitrary set of features that we’ve simply come to understand as an indicator of anger, new research suggests that it may actually serve a more specific purpose: On its own, each aspect of the anger face may make its wearer appear physically stronger.
One possibility is that vacation suffers from a “Prisoner’s Dilemma.”
It’s dangerous to be “that guy” who uses all the time off they get when everyone else is on the job, so workers limit their vacations.