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The 'Long Peace' Is Not Upon Us

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Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker’s 2011 book “The Better Angels of Our Nature” has convinced many people that humanity has steadily become less violent in the recent past. English philosopher John Gray argues that Pinker merely sees what he wants in trends and statistics.

Have a Quarter of Asian Men Really Committed Rape?

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A statistic based on a United Nations Multi-Country Study on Men and Violence led many to believe that one in four men admitted to sexual assault in Asia and the Pacific. But is this founded on evidence or merely a misreading of the research?

Map Simulates Births and Deaths the World Over

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Looking for something to put things into perspective? Check out this real-time map to remind you how transient life is, but also, how quickly the world is becoming populated.

Target Knows Your Secrets

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Decades of neuropsychology research have given Target the ability to predict customers’ shopping habits with increasing precision. The company’s statistical team can even tell when shoppers are likely to be in their second trimester of pregnancy. Combined with aggressive marketing tactics, such powers promise to add millions to its already swollen revenues.

There's More to Hate Crime Stats Than Meets the Eye

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Upon first glance, the FBI's news that hate crimes based on sexual orientation were up 11 percent in 2008 from the previous year suggests a giant uptick in violence against America's LGBTQ population However, as Andrew Sullivan and Mark Thompson remind us (continued).

Death Penalty Keeps U.S. in Bad Company

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Here's a list of countries where you don't want to find yourself when it comes to human rights: Saudi Arabia, Iran, China, Iraq, Pakistan and the good ol' US of A Those six states execute more of their citizens than any others, according to Amnesty International's latest tally The U is the fourth-worst offender.

It Pays to Be White

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Black and Latino communities have long suffered significantly higher unemployment rates than those of whites, but the economic collapse is taking labor inequity to new and alarming places. Jobs data shows that blacks and Latinos aren't just more unemployed overall, but they're losing jobs faster than their white colleagues.

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