If we're being honest, we all make assumptions about other people, right?

We look at their skin, their clothes, and their car, and we make guesses about them that we don't even realize we're making. Everyone does it.

You ask a pregnant female coworker if she'll keep working after the baby is born — but you wouldn't think to ask that question of a guy who was about to become a dad.

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What is the role of climate change in the conflict in Syria?

This comic shows how drought may have been an unhinging factor for Syria in 2011, and what happened over the following year.

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Here's a funny and heartwarming talk ... about depression.

Andrew Solomon's experience with depression allowed him to connect with strangers in ways he never anticipated.

When Andrew Solomon was so depressed he couldn't dial a phone, he would never have guessed that this experience would connect him to thousands of people.

Image (text added) by Public Domain Review/Flickr.

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What I learned when my 2-year-old wanted to wear blackface

The other day, I painted my son's face like Spider-Man. And then things got complicated.

My daughter, Petra, wanted me to paint her face like Tiana, an African-American Disney princess.

In case you forgot who Tiana is, because Disney did an uncharacteristically bad job marketing her, here she is. She's the smart, funny, independent heroine of "The Princess and the Frog."

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