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Valerie Purdie Greenaway

Valerie Purdie Greenaway is the Director of the Laboratory of Intergroup Relations and the Social Mind. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University, core faculty for the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program (RWJ Columbia-site), and research fellow at the Institute for Research on African-American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia. Dr. Purdie-Vaughns has …

Diversity, stereotyping, success: Why being different at work is risky business

Psychologist Valerie Purdie Greenaway is the first African American to be tenured in the sciences at Columbia University, in its entire 263 year history. Despite her celebrated position—and, in fact, perhaps because of it—she still struggles with perception, subtle stereotyping, and the enormous stakes of being one of few women of color in a leadership role. Here, Valerie Purdie Greenaway …

How Game Theory Can Help You Do a Better Job of Parenting

In 1944, the economist, physicist, mathematician and computer scientist John von Neumann published a book that became a sensation, at least among mathematicians – Theory of Games and Economic Behavior. Written with a colleague, Oskar Morgenstern, this volume of nearly biblical proportions is so dense and littered with mathematics that only a game-theory specialist could understand it – and some …

Why people cheat: The psychology of infidelity

We all know what infidelity is, but a universal definition is difficult to carve out—especially in the digital age. Is watching porn cheating, or is it only cheating if the person on the other side of the screen is live? Each scenario is subjective, but psychotherapist Esther Perel crystalizes the three elements that lie at the heart of all cheating: …

Noël Wells – Out of Context – Think Again – a Big Think Podcast #128

    Subscribe on Google Play, Stitcher, or iTunes Come talk to us on Twitter: @bigthinkagain 100,000 or so years of human history and young adulthood is still getting weirder.   My guest today is actor and filmmaker Noël Wells. She’s been a cast member of Saturday Night Live. She played Rachel on the Netflix series Master of None. And she’s making her directorial debut with …

Angie McArthur

Angie McArthur is Professional Thinking Partners’ acting CEO. She has been an integral part of PTP since 1998, co-facilitating and designing global conferences, leadership retreats, training programs, and ongoing one-on-one Thinking Partnerships in organizations from non-profits to Fortune 500s. She is also one of the creators of the Worldwide Women’s Web, a network formed in 2001 to retain women in corporate …

Conversation tips for surviving the holidays and savoring time with family

Sometimes, you just can’t relate to your relatives. Whether it’s sports, politics, or past events, gathering around a dinner table during the holiday season can be a daunting prospect. Communication expert Angie McArthur explains some of her cardinal rules for connecting with your family and friends, and she identifies one of the biggest errors people make: asking the wrong questions. …

Esther Perel

Esther Perel is a psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author who is recognized as one of today’s most insightful and original voices on modern relationships. Fluent in nine languages, she helms a private therapy practice in New York City and serves as an organizational consultant for Fortune 500 companies around the world. Her celebrated TED talks have garnered nearly …

Sex and power: How an old relationship is changing—Anita Hill to Harvey Weinstein

In 1991, U.S. attorney Anita Hill testified against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas for sexual harassment, and nevertheless, the United States Senate confirmed Thomas to the Supreme Court. In 2017, after many women broke the silence on Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein with a horrifying number of allegations of sexual abuse, Weinstein was fired from his own company. Actor Kevin Spacey …

Mark Epstein, MD – I, Me, Mine – Think Again – a Big Think Podcast #130

    Subscribe on Google Play, Stitcher, or iTunes Come talk to us on Twitter: @bigthinkagain All through the day… I, me mine, I me mine, I me mine…  That George Harrison song on the Beatles’ last album pretty much sums it up. They recorded it in 1970, and 47 years later, our egos seem to be running just as rampant as ever. While the unchecked …

10 philosophers with complex views on love

Philosophers aren’t particularly renowned for having successful love lives, but some have become hopeless romantics—and others misanthropes. Here we have ten philosophers who have written on or been heavily influenced by love in both their work and their personal lives. The third Earl Russell was an analytic philosopher whose ideas on modern love, such as his support for gay rights, …

Why do we buy roses on Valentine’s Day?

According to the National Retail Federation, in 2018, 54.7% of U.S. adults will celebrate Valentine’s Day by engaging in some form of buying stuff. Total spending is expected to reach $19.6 billion and $2 billion of it will be spent on flowers. Most of them: roses. But why is that? Roses migrated to Europe and the rest of the world from …

In these 34 states, police officers can legally have sex with detainees

Should police officers be able to get away with having sex with detainees? That seems like a no-brainer—no, they shouldn’t. Cops have badges, guns and—at least presumptively—the law on their side. Detainees may have inalienable rights but, because they are being held against their will, often feel powerless and anxious. In those circumstances, there is no way to distinguish consent …