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This week’s police-related events highlight not only our ongoing racial and social divides, but our culture of violence. Whatever our response, fatalism (“What difference does one person make?” or “Que sera sera, whatever will be, will be”) is not on the table. I’m not sure who said it since this quote is widely attributed to many people, but it rings true: “No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.” A few of today’s thoughts are limited to our flawed thinking, tendency to reach for the sword, and need to walk humbly with a broad range of different people to transcend our limited understanding. And, as always, some trends shaping our world.

The big question about why police pull over so many black drivers


The Science Behind Why Cops Kill Black Men – And How to Fix it


The Iraq War and its aftermath have now cost 251,000 lives and counting.


According to NSSO data, the people of rural India spend 25.33% of their income on the use of mobile phones and telephones. The world is quickly becoming a smaller, more connected place.


Meet the electric life forms that live on pure energy


The Illusion of Matter: Our Physical, Material World Isn’t Really Physical at All


Data Mining Reveals the Six Basic Emotional Arcs of Storytelling


Augmented eternity: scientists aim to let us speak from beyond the grave


One Cause of Depression: Loss of Community


As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. Also, I help spot demonic possession.