The problem is that you’re talking about a religion of one-and-a-half billion people, and certainly it becomes very easy to just simply paint them all with a single brush.

Reza Aslan, professor of creative writing, on his rejection of recent comments made by comedian Bill Maher about Islam


The fundamental problem is that Beijing wants to have authoritarian control and the students want to have a ground-up democratic system. That issue won’t go away just because a leader goes away… I think the long-term problem in Hong Kong is the same as the long-term problem in China and that’s ‘how can this great culture, this great nation, move beyond an authoritarian one-party system?’

Perry Link, distinguished professor of comparative literature and foreign language, on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, Taiwan’s support of the movement and the consequences for Hong Kong, Taiwan and China


It is vital to have timely opinion surveys in California that include Asian Americans, especially on legislation that might affect them in a significant way. … More opinion surveys of Asian Americans also means having a more accurate picture of California, as the group is rapidly growing and already accounts for about 10% of voters and 15% of residents.

Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor of political science and public policy, on his work and research with the Field Poll and the importance of having timely and accurate opinion surveys in an increasingly diverse state like California


For some people, naps are as restorative as a whole night of sleep. These people—and they probably account for about 40% of the population—tend to do really poorly if they don’t nap. People who aren’t habitual nappers tend to fall into very deep sleep during naps, and waking up from that leaves them feeling groggy.

Sara Mednick, assistant professor of psychology, on the physiological benefits of napping and how people who differ in their napping behaviors can still benefit from short naps


Our research shows that Tiger Mother type of parenting, specifically controlling, punitive, and less supportive type of parenting is really not working in this sample of Chinese adolescents. It also shows that it is important for Chinese parents, who tend to be less emotionally expressive and use less praise in parenting, to show their approval, love and support for their children.

Cixin Wang, assistant professor of education and school psychology, on her research that challenges the punitive parenting style advocated by Yale professor Amy Chua’s book, ‘Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.’


As income rises beyond a certain level, its positive effects may be offset by some negative effects, like increased time pressure and increased stress. Because wealth allows people to experience the best that life has to offer, it can even reduce their capacity to savor life’s small pleasures.

Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor of psychology, on the correlation between income and individual happiness


Intuitively, one would think that the extreme physical exertion of chasing and pouncing on prey would far outweigh the searching process. As both studies point out, however, although subduing prey is energy-intensive, the time spent doing this is short. Carnivores either quickly capture their prey or give up.

John Laundré, museum scientist and carnivore ecologist, on recent studies showing that large carnivores like cheetahs and pumas expend more energy and calories roaming and searching for prey than they do actually hunting and catching prey


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