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

November 20, 2018 9:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

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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Racism Increases Premature Births in America

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

October 29, 2018 4:36 am Published by Comments Off on 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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So What Do We Need to Do About Chicago?

September 8, 2018 8:57 pm Published by Comments Off on 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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It Feels Right to Defend Our Us and to Be Us and to Help Us All Create InterGroup Peace as an American Us

July 4, 2018 4:36 am Published by Comments Off on It Feels Right to Defend Our Us and to Be Us and to Help Us All Create InterGroup Peace as an American Us

We are at high risk of tribalizing as a country, and doing very negative and damaging things to one another in the context of our basic sets of inter group instincts. Those behaviors that put us at high risk of being damaged will be rooted in the purely instinctive need we each have at a very basic level to be part of an Us. We...

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

April 30, 2018 4:58 pm Published by Comments Off on 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

April 16, 2018 11:00 pm Published by Comments Off on 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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The Huge Advantage and Real Value of Medicare for All (The 15 Percent Solution)

March 31, 2018 6:42 pm Published by Comments Off on The Huge Advantage and Real Value of Medicare for All (The 15 Percent Solution)

Some people believe that we are at a point in our history where we should provide Medicare Coverage to every American. Medicare for All. That idea has significant merit at several levels — but it would not do as many good things for us as a country and as consumers of health care services as we would receive if we went one step beyond Medicare...

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

January 5, 2018 5:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

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

December 16, 2017 7:15 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

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

December 8, 2017 1:11 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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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