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Reads tagged with “sociology”

Anaïs Nin on Why Understanding the Individual is the Key to Understanding Mass Movements
Anaïs Nin on Why Understanding the Individual is the Key to Understanding Mass Movements

“Every individual is representative of the whole, a symptom, and should be intimately understood.”

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A Vintage Love Letter to Summer: Jan Morris on New York’s Heatwaves as the Ultimate Equalizer of Humanity
A Vintage Love Letter to Summer: Jan Morris on New York’s Heatwaves as the Ultimate Equalizer of Humanity

How the extremities of the thermometer bridge the most insurmountable of social barriers.

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Powershift: Alvin Toffler Visionary Wisdom on the Age of Post-Fact Knowledge and the Super-Symbolic Economy
Powershift: Alvin Toffler Visionary Wisdom on the Age of Post-Fact Knowledge and the Super-Symbolic Economy

“We are interrelating data in more ways, giving them context, and thus forming them into information; and we are assembling chunks of information into larger and larger models and architectures of knowledge.”

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Einstein on Kindness, Our Shared Existence, and Life’s Highest Ideals
Einstein on Kindness, Our Shared Existence, and Life’s Highest Ideals

“Without the sense of fellowship with men of like mind… life would have seemed to me empty.”

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5 Must-Read Books by TED Global 2011 Speakers
5 Must-Read Books by TED Global 2011 Speakers

What the pursuit of pleasure has to do with lie-detection, the history of money and the sorrows of work.

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The Wisdom of Crowds
The Wisdom of Crowds

“Under the right circumstances, groups are remarkably intelligent, and are often smarter than the smartest people in them.”

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Jesse Bering on the Adaptive Value and Neurochemistry of Heartbreak
Jesse Bering on the Adaptive Value and Neurochemistry of Heartbreak

The science of why it’s possible to actually die of a broken heart.

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Going Solo: A Brief History of Living Alone and the Enduring Social Stigma Around Singletons
Going Solo: A Brief History of Living Alone and the Enduring Social Stigma Around Singletons

“Despite its prevalence, living alone is one of the least discussed and, consequently, most poorly understood issues of our time.”

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All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace: Adam Curtis on How Technology Limits Us
All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace: Adam Curtis on How Technology Limits Us

What Ayn Rand has to do with the Occupy movement.

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Mark of Cain: The Language of Russian Criminal Tattoos
Mark of Cain: The Language of Russian Criminal Tattoos

What encrypted visual communication has to do with the Russian justice system.

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