Physicist Alan Lightman ponders this and other questions in his new book, "Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine."
The two discuss capitalism's inextricable links to race, gender and class, and how the U.S. left doesn't get the connections.
Muslims were a polarizing subject in the United States long before the 2016 presidential race. In this 1963 interview, the civil rights leader discussed the nature of Islam and power of propaganda.
Our forebears were less depressed and anxious than we are today, sociologist Jean Twenge concludes after studying the frequency of symptoms associated with these conditions.
The spaces of retreat from public life occupy too many institutions of higher education, which have been transformed into dead zones of the imagination mixed with a kind of brutalizing defense of their own decaying postures and search for status and profits.
The original research of the erudite sociologist, who died Nov. 30, showed that the subjugation of women in Muslim societies has no basis in the Quran and other Islamic scriptures. "Islam was not sent from heaven to foster egotism and mediocrity," she wrote.
And their parents think they're more empathetic.
In “The Happiness Industry,” English sociologist and economist William Davies examines the nefarious effects of the “science and measurement" practices that some bosses are using to influence their employees’ sense of happiness.