Racism Increases Premature Births in America

Racism Increases Premature Births in America — the Data Is Now in to Prove that Point

We have important new information about the impact of racism on the preterm birth rates in our country. We have a very high number of preterm births compared to other countries — and those numbers are getting worse. The percentage of preterm births in this country has just gone up for the second year in a row. More than 130 other countries have lower preterm...

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What do we do about Chicago

So What Do We Need to Do About Chicago?

There are some key numbers that need to be known and understood in order for us to understand what needs to happen now in that troubled city. Forty-one people were shot in seven hours in Chicago last week. Eighty-five people were shot that week. More than 3,000 people were shot last year. More than 600 of those shooting victims died. More than 80 percent of...

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We Owe it to Ourselves to Tell the Truth to Each Other

We owe it to ourselves as a country and as a nation to tell the truth to one another. We owe it to ourselves as a country to make telling the truth our personal commitment and our mutual agreement and understanding, and our basic and foundational approach to sharing information and to communicating directly with one another. Telling the truth can help us survive as...

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We Need to Help Every Family Help Every Child Exercise Their Brain

The science of brain development for children is increasingly clear — and we have failed miserably in sharing that very clear and important science about the powerful impact of development activities in the first weeks, months, and years of life for each child in useful and effective ways with far too many families and parents in America. More than half of our births this year...

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Tribal Behavior Can Damage Us Badly Unless We Know Exactly What Is Happening And Why

Very few things are more emotionally seductive than mob behavior activated in the context of a tribe. We instinctively form tribes of various kinds — and our identity and sense of who we are can be heavily shaped at any given moment and situation by the tribe we belong to at that point in time. We form racial, ethnic, political, religious, organizational, and even ideological...

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We need to stop damaging women

We Need to Stop Damaging Women

We need to collectively and intentionally create a set of expectations for the treatment of women by men and by society in every setting that makes life consistently and appropriately safe, accepting, inclusive, respectful, supportive, and enabling at multiple levels for women. The news media is currently full of stories about men in power doing abusive things to women. It is more than a little...

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Women Have Been Oppressed and Disadvantaged With Great Consistency Back to The Beginning of Recorded History — And Probably Long Before

The Institute for InterGroup Understanding was created to help people understand effective ways of dealing with issues of intergroup anger, conflict and misunderstanding, and to help people move to an intellectually enlightened and ethically supported path of intergroup harmony, trust, support, intentional and effective alliances, intergroup alignments, intentional and successful win/win strategies and outcomes, and ongoing and functionally self sustaining levels of intergroup Peace. We...

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Jihadis and Extremists To Keep Killing Our People

Why Can We Expect Jihadis and Extremists To Keep Killing Our People In Public Settings?

Why do radical jihadis kill and damage people in settings all over the world — and why can we expect individuals and small groups with those basic beliefs to continue to kill people both in those countries and in the United States? We can expect the killings to continue in all of those settings because those killers are exhibiting purely instinctive behaviors at a highly...

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Ethnic Cleansing By Tribe Is The Syrian Core Reality Today — And The Chemical Weapons Use Is Being Done Entirely In That Context

Anyone who does not see how central tribes are to the conflict in Syria is missing the point of that conflict entirely. The conflict in Syria is not political. It is absolutely not ideological. It is clearly not philosophical and it is not even vaguely economic. The conflict is entirely, purely, clearly, and obviously tribal. Anyone who looks at that situation and does not understand...

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What Just Happened

What Just Happened?

The United States just elected a new President. The election process and the election results were exactly aligned with the most problematic “Us/Them” instinctive behavior chapters of the Primal Pathways, Peace in Our Time, Cusp of Chaos, and The Art of InterGroup Peace books. We had one of the most contentious and divisive campaigns in the history of our election process. We have people who...

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ISIS And Al Qaeda Are Landlocked … And Only Tribes Can Defeat Them

ISIS And Al Qaeda Are Landlocked … And Only Tribes Can Defeat Them Primal Pathways, Peace in Our Time, Cusp of Chaos, and The Art of InterGroup Peace all describe the major impacts that our instinctive tribal behaviors have on people across the planet. Anyone who doubts the direct and major impact our instinctive tribal behaviors have on the world today can have their doubts...

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Tribal Behaviors Could Destroy Us As A Nation Or They Can Give Us A Path To Peace

We face a serious risk of having tribal behaviors destroy us as a nation. Very few of our instinctive behaviors have more ability to influence our thinking, emotions, and behaviors than the instincts to tribalize and then divide the world into Us and Them based on our tribal alignment. Our instincts to divide the world into Us and Them have the power to do serious...

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World Academy of Arts and Sciences 2017

The World Academy of Arts and Sciences, the world’s only international multi-disciplinary academy, held a meeting in Rome (November 16-18, 2017) with the World University Consortium to discuss the future role of education in the world. The Academy was created by seven Nobel Prize winners, including Albert Einstein and Bertrand Russell, and consists of major global thinkers. The two organizations convened a unique gathering of...

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