Shane Ralston

Shane Ralston

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Shane Ralston is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Penn State University Hazleton. You can read many of his other articles at his academia.edu page.

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The 10 Least Intellectually Diverse Colleges in America

The most recent release of the Heterodox Academy Guide to Viewpoint Diversity at today’s colleges and universities reveals that many of the worst offenders, or those institutions with the least diversity of opinion on campus, are among the top 150...

6 Reasons Why Video Gaming Will Become the Next Big College Sport

Watching college football and basketball is a popular pastime in America. Indeed, given its popularity, it’s difficult to imagine that college ball sports will ever be displaced by an upstart competitor. However, they do have competition and it’s...

5 Myths about Emotional Intelligence

In the past few years Emotional Intelligence (EI) has been widely lauded as the most innovative way to measure smarts since Intelligent Quotient (IQ). Harvard Business Review called EI a “ground-breaking, paradigm-shattering idea.” But what does...

Harvard Poll Finds that Millennials Basically Live in Bubbles

A new poll from Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics (IOP) reveals that millennials, or people aged 18 to 29, are enclosed in ideological bubbles.  Their social and professionals circles are largely segregated along partisan lines:...

Should the Government Stop Using Taxes to Promote 'Virtue'?

Having just submitted our federal tax returns, it’s probably as good a time as any to reflect on the broader purposes of taxation. As you may know, the federal tax code is not just for generating revenue. It’s also intended to achieve certain...

10 Ways to Know You’re Being Gaslighted

You feel small, stifled and burdened by life events. Maybe you’re experiencing neurosis, hyper-sensitivity and alienation. Deep down you think you’re going insane. It’s possible that you’re not. Instead, you’ve been gaslighted. Gaslighting is a...

Tuition-Free College isn’t Free—But it Does Have Some of the Makings of a Pyramid Scheme

Proposals to make public university and college attendance tuition free were floated by Democratic candidates during the 2016 presidential election primaries. Bernie Sanders was and still is one of its most ardent supporters. Hilary Clinton...

How Adjunct College Teaching is Like Slave Labor

The Hollywood image of the university professor as a tweed blazer, button-up wearing young urban professional with plenty of disposable income is an enduring one. If only it were true. The image defies reality, at least for the vast majority of...

5 Attributes of Thought Leaders

Have you ever asked yourself, what makes someone an entrepreneur of ideas, a so-called thought leader?  The ability to invent and spread the word about newfangled concepts? A master of the TED Talk? A magnetic Steve Jobs-like personality?...

Does Trump Have the Authority to Attack Syria?

Recently President Donald Trump authorized a missile attack on a Syrian air force base in retaliation for the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons in the ongoing Syrian civil war. Republican Senator Rand Paul was quick to criticize the leader of...

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