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Not every Trump voter is racist or misled. There’s a rational Trump voter too
Joe Biden won the US elections last week. But Donald Trump still got a record-breaking 71 million votes. These can’t all be explained away by ignorance and racism. There’s a rational Trump voter who we need to understand if we want to keep the forces of populism at bay.
There’s no such thing as a self-made billionaire
For all their talent or intelligence, a person stranded on a desert island with no technology, infrastructure or labour wouldn’t be able to amass extreme wealth. Understanding that no one can claim that they fully deserve what they earn is the first step to addressing wealth inequality.
We’re touching our smartphones more than ever. And it’s changing the ancient connection between the body and the brain
Swiping, tapping and pinching our smartphone touchscreen is modifying the millennia-old circuitry joining the thumb and the brain. As the pandemic pushes us ever deeper into the smartphone’s embrace, what could this mean for our brains?
The neoliberal era is ending. What comes next?
In a crisis, what was once unthinkable can suddenly become inevitable. We’re in the middle of the biggest societal shakeup since the second world war. And neoliberalism is gasping its last breath. So from higher taxes for the wealthy to more robust government, the time has come for ideas that seemed impossible just months ago.
We’ve emitted more CO2 in the past 30 years than in all of history. These three reasons are to blame
Ever since we founded the IPCC, the global panel against climate change, we’ve emitted more CO2 than in all of history combined. We’re not only failing to address this existential threat, we’re making it even worse. To change course, we need to understand how this has happened.
Our world is built for profit. Let’s build one that protects us instead
We live in a society where it’s easier to get a Michelin-star meal delivered to our doorstep than it is to get a medical mask that protects our nurses and doctors. And it’s designed that way. But we can change it for the better, just as we can change ourselves.
Blockchain, the amazing solution for almost nothing
Blockchain technology is going to change everything: the shipping industry, the financial system, government … in fact, what won’t it change? But enthusiasm for it mainly stems from a lack of knowledge and understanding. The blockchain is a solution in search of a problem.
How maps in the media make us more negative about migrants
Whether we’re looking at The Correspondent, the world atlas or the national news, migration across the Mediterranean is depicted on maps as thick red arrows heading towards us. Far more than we realise, these arrows define how we view migration. Can that be changed?
Meet the parenting expert who thinks parenting is a terrible invention
There’s no shortage of books, magazines and websites offering parenting advice. But the idea that parents can turn children into better and more successful adults if only they use the right methods is completely misguided, says developmental psychologist and philosopher Alison Gopnik.
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