Shake Up Your Thinking

Let's Put An End To Sexist Language

Cognitive researcher Douglas Hofstadter explains how gendered words and phrases — like using "guys" to refer to mixed company — can oftentimes reinforce sexist attitudes.

Take Off the Gloves

Jonathan Gottschall's dangerous idea? Remove the padded gloves from boxers and other fighters. That will reduce the brain damage to fighters.


Author Harriet Brown has a dangerous idea. What if stopped talking about how we look? Just stopped...

What if America really is exceptional?

The whole idea of American Exceptionalism has lost currency in recent years. But in this Dangerous Idea, cultural historian Andrew Warnes asks, What if American is exceptional after all?

The Box of a Trillion Souls: Stephen Wolfram on the Distant Future

In this dangerous idea, computational mastermind Stephen Wolfram wonders about the distant future of humanity, and what will happen when—not if!—humans achieve immortality.

Listener Dangerous Idea on Teaching

Kate La Riviere-Gagner's Dangerous Idea? There should be a reality show to give people a better idea of what a day in the life of a teacher is like.

Listener Dangerous Idea on Mythmaking

Role-Playing Game
Ben Riggs' Dangerous Idea?  Role-Playing Games represent the most significant development in the history of myth in perhaps centuries.

Dangerous Idea: Your Child is Not a Special Snowflake

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Katha Pollitt's Dangerous Idea?  Your child is not a special snowflake.