Extra Credit: Our pick of stories from around the web that bridge the gap between news and scholarship. Brought to you each Tuesday from the editors of JSTOR Daily.
The ancient tradition of Olympic bribery (The Conversation)
by Nigel Crowther
Worried about bribery and scandal in the modern Olympics? Consider the historical record from ancient Greece. The early Olympics featured plenty of bribery and cheating, including the time Emperor Nero made the judges an offer they couldn’t refuse.
Power, poetry, and profanity (The Boston Globe)
By Marshall Sloane
A historian of the English language argues that profanity lets us unleash our verbal creativity, that cursing reveals power dynamics, and that “Jiminy Cricket” is a fun thing to say.
Want honey? Follow that bird (The New Yorker)
By Carolyn Kormann
A species of wild bird in Mozambique likes to eat beeswax, and knows how to find bees’ nests. People like to eat honey, and know how to harvest the nests. A new study explains the result: a very unusual kind of partnership.
Does experience really matter for a president? (The Washington Post)
By Elizabeth Saunders
Among many other contrasts, the current presidential election cycle pits deep experience in U.S. foreign policy against no political experience at all. Research on decision-making, and the history of modern presidential administrations, offers some insight into what trade-offs this decision involves.
The misunderstood human brain (Vox)
By Susannah Locke
Classical music doesn’t make babies smart, your right brain is not where you do your creative thinking, and adults can grow new brain cells. A look at studies that debunk the things we think we know about our brains.
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