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Did Religion Play a Causal Role in the Evolution of Large, Complex Societies?
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(Latest Thinking), 8 mins
The notion of a powerful god is often said to play a significant role in supporting the transition from small relatively equal hunter and gatherer societies to big hierarchical societies. However, as RUSSELL GRAY explains in this video, while there is a correlation between “big gods” and “big societies”, t...
(Latest Thinking), 8 mins
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Do Moral Capacities Change With Improving Living Conditions?
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(Latest Thinking), 14 mins
We can see progress all over the world, such as technological transformations, or rising life expectancies and literacy rates. Are these improvements in material conditions accompanied by a change in moral standards? So far, such questions have mainly been discussed in the area of philosophy. CHRISTIAN WELZEL is i...
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How Can We Best Respond to the Challenges Presented by Super-Diversity?
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(Latest Thinking), 10 mins
More people from more places are migrating to more places, leading to greater linguistic, religious and ethnic diversity, especially in urban areas. In this video, STEVEN VERTOVEC analyzes this super-diversification and considers how societies can best respond to the challenges it presents. With sources ranging fr...
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How Does DNA Testing Affect Family Reunifications in the Immigration Process?
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(Latest Thinking), 11 mins
In recent years DNA testing has increasingly been used by immigration authorities to facilitate family reunifications and to verify the family relations of applicants. This has affected immigration procedures and the understanding of the concept of family. As TORSTEN HEINEMANN explains in this video, the researche...
(Latest Thinking), 11 mins
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How Does Energy Supply Affect Citizen Well-being?
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(Latest Thinking), 13 mins
Responding to environmental concerns, many countries are restructuring their electricity supply. In this video, HEINZ WELSCH examines the nature of the relationship between electricity supply structure and citizen well-being. Combining data from the European Social Survey with information on different national ele...
(Latest Thinking), 13 mins
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How Is Nostalgia Felt in Post-Socialist Hungary?
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Due to the current dire economic situation in Hungary many feel nostalgic about a time in their nation’s history when jobs were more secure. Young Hungarians, despite being highly qualified, have trouble finding work in their home country as well as in Europe. This led to high votes for the nationalist parties i...
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How Is Yoga Spirituality Transforming in the Face of Modernity?
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(Latest Thinking), 13 mins
By participant observation and qualitative interviews in the Yoga scene the study presented in this interview investigates the characteristics of cosmopolitan spirituality. Findings from behavioral economics on altruism and religious giving are used to shed light on Yoga charity events. They exhibit an innovative...
(Latest Thinking), 13 mins
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How Were Different Actor Groups Intertwined During the 2015 Refugee Crisis?
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(Latest Thinking), 12 mins
During the refugee crisis of 2015, about 1.5 million refugees entered the European Union. LUDGER PRIES examined how it was possible that this massive inflow of people was managed relatively successfully. In particular, he researched how different actor groups, from volunteers and leftist activists to the police, w...
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Is Political Competition Good for Social Welfare?
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(Latest Thinking), 13 mins
The model presented in this video combines a game theoretic approach with mechanism design to examine the influence of competition on welfare maximization by politicians. It is shown that in “pure” competition between two politicians only the allocation of favors to the electorate helps winning elections, whil...
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Is There a Negative Religious Bias Towards Muslim Immigrants?
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(Latest Thinking), 11 mins
The research presented in this video explores attitudes towards immigrants and their religious rights in Western societies, based on survey data. MARC HELBLING finds that religiosity and liberal values are key variables: Individuals with liberal values are generally more tolerant towards immigrants – but tolerat...
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