“Africa is doomed to be poor” — that wrongheaded statement is an example of the destiny instinct, the belief that innate characteristics determine the destinies of countries or cultures, says the late global health expert Hans Rosling. Here’s why it happens and how to overcome it.

Whether you put on your cap and gown last week — or last century — these honest answers can give you some insight and guidance.

We all contain an inner nitpicker, but we shouldn’t let it drag us down and drown out everything else. Psychologist Rick Hanson gives advice on how to put it back in its place.

By not giving ourselves the minutes — or hours — free of devices and distractions, we risk losing our ability to know who we are and what’s important to us, says physicist and writer Alan Lightman.

Sociologist Jill Suitor studies the truth about moms and their kids — and the surprising effect that parental favoritism can have on us.

What do you say when you see your mother and father so many years after being separated from them during the massacre in Rwanda? Clemantine Wamariya, now a human rights advocate, has lived through this surreal experience.<

After hearing an idea that struck them at their core, these people were no longer satisfied to sit on the sidelines — so they jumped in.