Social Science

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They Are Already Here

Sarah Scoles

According to a 2019 Gallup poll, 33% of U.S. adults believe alien spacecraft visiting Earth from other planets or galaxies account for some UFO sightings. About 16% of Americans claim to have seen a UFO. “What intrigued me most was not the UFOs,” Sarah Scoles relates. “It was the people obsessed with UFOs.” She tells their stories in They Are Already Here: UFO Culture and Why We See Saucers.

Friendship

Lydia Denworth

A child reports having a best friend and a worst friend (no friend at all). Adults typically need 40-60 hours of being together to form a casual friendship and 200+ hours to rate someone as a best friend. Maintaining close relationships boosts quality of life and benefits our health, Lydia Denworth writes in Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond,

Helen Pearson

In March 1946, scientists began to track thousands of children born in one cold week. No one imagined that this would become the longest-running study of human development in the world, growing to encompass five generations of children. Today, they are some of the best-studied people on the planet, and the simple act of observing human life has changed the way we are born, schooled, parent and die. This is the tale of these studies and the remarkable discoveries that have come from them. Touching people across the globe, they are one of the world's best-kept secrets.

Alex B. Berezow and Hank Campbell

To listen to most pundits and political writers, evolution, stem cells, and climate change are the only scientific issues worth mentioning — and the only people who are anti-science are conservatives. Yet those on the left have numerous fallacies of their own. Aversion to clean energy programs, basic biological research, and even life-saving vaccines come naturally to many progressives.

Alan Caruba

Alan Caruba's book is on topics ranging from Islam to immigration and environmentalism to education. He maintains the text is "documented, attributed, and opinionated!" The book emanates from The National Anxiety Center (NAC), which he founded in 1990. The NAC is, he says, a "clearing house for information about 'scare campaigns' designed to influence public opinion and policy." In the book he takes on "food cops," advocates of technophobia, environmental corruption, global warming, and the green agenda.

Maia Szalavitz

Maia Szalavitz, a New York freelance specializing in neuroscience, brings unique credentials to the writing of this book. Her research included hundreds of interviews with teens, their parents, program employees, and former employees — as well as psychologists, sociologists, psychiatrists, and attorneys. The book covers tough-love residential treatment for disturbed teens and shows how, despite a complete lack of evidence for efficacy or safety, a billion-dollar industry has grown to sell such programs to desperate and vulnerable parents.

Dr. Michael Strober and Meg Schneider

The aim of the book is to help parents recognize if their teenager's desire to be thin is a simple quest for a smaller skirt size or something that is mutating into a struggle to feel good. It is not a book about anorexia, but rather about those who have a problem with food because of deep emotional battles.

Shirley Camper Soman

This updated book, first published in 1974, is even more pertinent today as busy, working parents often do not take time to predict perils to their children such as inadequate caregivers and lurking predators. Soman, a social worker, maintains that "Many of America's severe problems — crime, discontent, family breakdown, drug addiction — would have been considerably far less severe (and ameliorated to a large extent) if our society chose to put its money where its mouth is with the programs and plans that most directly affect the well-being of the population group known as the young.