Hunter "Toto" Maats

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How Do You Deliberately Create a Golden Age?

Golden Ages: Why Not Deliberately Create Them? Across the world and throughout the ages, Golden Ages have appeared. Ancient Greece, Han Dynasty China, the early days of Islam,...

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Silicon Valley: Does a Culture Famous for Autism Understand How Humans Work?

This week an engineer at Google wrote a piece, in part, about what he saw as a certain amount of scientific denialism at Google. Diversity programs incorporate science denial....

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Middleman Minorities: Jews, Armenians, the Overseas Chinese and Other Victims of Their Own Success

Imagine moving into a community with a tight-knit culture to which you obviously don’t belong. You don’t have any property. You don’t have any connections. And...

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Why Argue About Fish Evolution When We Can Build Consensus on Evolving a Better Society?

Humanity loves stupid arguments over symbols. There’s arguments about flags. There’s arguments about holy books. There was the Affair of the Sausages. There’s...

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Truth: The Most Destructive Idea in Human History

If you ask most people, they’d tell you that truth is a good thing. Perhaps even the best of things. However, as Shakespeare taught us and science has confirmed, there is...

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Taxonomy and Quacksonomy: Pluto, The Definition of a Planet and How Your Culture Gets You Talking Out of Uranus

As an educator, you become deeply familiar with the process by which humans acquire culture and reach conclusions. Kids pick up ideas, words and attitudes all the time without...

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The Death of Experts: Long Live the Wisdom of Crowds!

Back in the 1950s, very few people got a voice to speak on important matters. There were a handful of TV stations with serious-sounding journalists like Walter Cronkite and Edward...

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Jobocalypse: The Next Mass Extinction Event is People’s Jobs

Biology has seen many mass extinction events. The most famous is the meteorite that wiped out the dinosaurs. Actually, there have been many mass extinctions. And while the death...

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Role Models, Talent Clusters and Affirmative Action: What Have People Who Look Like You Done Before?

Although humans blindly copy success through the emotion of awe, they don’t just copy any old successful person. They blindly copy successful people they think they could...

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Midwifing in a Global Village: The Baby is Coming; We Can Ease the Process

2016 was a major wakeup call for those of us who want a more closely integrated and prosperous world. Maybe you like other cultures and have learned to find them interesting....