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Computer speed training

From The New Yorker: Imagine that you are looking at a computer screen. For the briefest instant, two images appear — one in the middle, one on the periphery. Then the computer prompts you to identify them…. The more accurate you get, the more fleetingly the pictures appear, the more ...

Reader: Old Glory reveals ‘a very big problem’

U.S. flag rules at issueThe letter published on July 8 (Is the U.S. Flag at half-staff too often?) is a good example of someone using partial truths to further a personal opinion. The writer correctly refers to the U.S. Flag Code Title 4 Chapter 1 paragraph 7, which states some ...

Connie Post

Improved human abilities

Most Americans would not want to enhance their cognitive and physical abilities with the help of technology, according to the results of a recent Pew Research Center survey.Only 32 percent of respondents said they’d want a brain chip implant that would improve their concentration and ability to process information. Similarly, ...

Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley.

Does Hillary get it?

Does Hillary Clinton understand that the biggest divide in American politics is no longer between the right and the left, but between the anti-establishment and the establishment?I worry she doesn’t — at least not yet.A Democratic operative I’ve known since the Bill Clinton administration tells me, “Now that she’s won ...

Kathleen Parker writes for The Washington Post.

Night and day

If political conventions tell us anything beyond the predictable, the one held last week in Cleveland and the other going on this week in Philadelphia pose contrasts so stark that one wonders if the two groups hail from the same country. Hint: One of them didn’t present a diverse cross-section ...

Random reprisal is unjustified, but not unprovoked

Americans of assorted ethnic backgrounds — African, Asian, Irish, Italian, native American and others — have been routinely harassed and mistreated by police in various places and times. Those who “knew what was good for them” looked the other way.But one night in 1991, police made a drunk-driving stop. They ...

Love and expertise

From the Upshot: “The happiness literature has identified one of the most deeply satisfying human psychological states to be one called ‘flow.’ It occurs when you are so immersed in an activity that you lose track of the passage of time. If you can land a job that enables you ...

Aging gamers’ future?

A concerning portrait of America’s non-working young men, according to the Atlantic:“Detached from the labor force, with neither a college degree nor a steady job, these men have little income. But the technological revolution in media and entertainment of the last few decades has made it cheaper than ever to ...

Jonah Goldberg is a syndicated columnist.

Media has a ‘cry wolf’ problem with Trump

Dear Mainstream Media and Democrats: It’s your turn. Now that Donald Trump has been formally nominated, the formal responsibility to stop him passes from the right to the left, from Republicans to Democrats and the journalists who amplify their values.You’re going to find it a very tough slog. And it’s ...

Donald Trump’s pivot to the center — of darkness

Where’s the pivot?That’s what I was wondering throughout Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s lengthy and surprisingly humorless acceptance speech Thursday at the Grand Old Party’s national convention in Cleveland.Ever since Trump won enough delegates to clinch the nomination in May, I’ve been waiting to see if and when Trump would ...

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