Wealth of Ideas

Knowledge-driven stories for the optimistic, curious, and introspective.

Matthew Nisbet, PhD

Northeastern University professor writing about science, politics, and a more focused life at Medium’s www.wealthofideas.org/ Columnist at www.issues.org.

Latest Posts

The Dangerous Rise in Antibiotic Use

False patient beliefs contribute to lethal superbugs and unhealthy guts

The Mindful Climate Change Writer

Why I quit Facebook and Twitter and shifted my reading back to print

Science and Tech in an Age of Anxiety

New study analyzes public optimism and reservations about science and technology across 54 countries and 81,000 people

Don’t Believe the Hype about Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing

Our belief in genetics is light years ahead of what science can offer

Climate Change Tribalism Won’t Get Us Anywhere

If we’re to make any progress, we need to reach across to the other side

Radical Democratic Proposals and the 2020 Election

The Green New Deal and the embrace of similarly audacious left-wing ideas are doing damage to the party’s electoral chances.

Discovering Evolution at College

Researchers study better ways to engage religious students in biology classes

Scholars Trace the Impact of Jon Kabat-Zinn on America’s Mindfulness Movement

The MIT-trained scientist transformed meditation from a Buddhist practice into a scientifically based approach to a more meaningful life.

The IPCC Report is a Wake Up Call for Scholars, Advocates, and Philanthropists

We have focused too heavily on public mobilization and exposing denial, ignoring other strategies likely to accelerate societal change.

Instead of Practicing Yoga as a Workout, Focus on the True Benefits

Adopt a philosophy of “non-doing,” balancing mind and body


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