Children of the Tribes
In this country, we celebrate the First Amendment, which prevents the government from interfering with religious beliefs and practices. But what if those beliefs and practices make children suffer?
By Julia Scheeres
For the last decade, forensic psychiatrist Michael Welner has led a curious, self-funded effort to create something he calls the Depravity Standard, a crowd-sourced instrument for objectively scoring the level of evil associated with humanity’s most twisted crimes. But can a scientist really define the outer edges of our morality?
By Rachel Monroe
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Brooke Jarvis' exploration of photographer Chris Jordan's documentation of the struggling birds of Midway ("The Messengers") provides a touching, real-life example of the psychological toll climate change can take.
It's long been acknowledged that a changing climate will affect—and is affecting—our physical selves (consider injuries due to extreme weather, faming, and displaced refugees), but only recently have researchers started to study the mental repercussions: anxiety and worry, depression and despair, numbness and apathy.
The 2011 American Psychologist paper referenced in Jarvis' story takes a close look at, and provides a must-read overview of, those indirect impacts, which have us locked in a Catch-22. Apathy contributes to inaction, and as a result our problems worsen. Might Chris Jordan have found a solution?
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