Psychologists study intense awe astronauts feel viewing Earth from space

Picture Earth at the center of a frame. The planet looks unassuming, a fleck, its blue-and-white marbling stark against a black interstellar backdrop. Yet the image likely evokes some reaction. Now imagine seeing this view from space. Astronauts who experience Earth from orbit often report feelings of awe and wonder, of being transformed by what they describe as the magic …

Racial categorization and zero-sum thinking don’t help creativity and thorough decision making, but recalling your different identities and roles does

By Moises Velaszquez-Monoff, in the NY Times, 4 March 2017 After the nation’s first black president, we now have a white president with the whitest and malest cabinet since Ronald Reagan’s. His administration immediately made it a priority to deport undocumented immigrants and to deny people from certain Muslim-majority nations entry into the United States, decisions that caused tremendous blowback. …