Archives for March 2017

Bowdoin’s Rudalevige on How Congress May Give Trump Legal Authority to Fight ISIS (Monkey Cage)

Andrew Rudalevige

It has never been clear, writes Andrew Rudalevige, that the expanding use of force against ISIS in Iraq and in Syria was legally authorized.

Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, walks us through the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, passed by Congress after 9/11, and the War Powers Resolution in his latest piece for The Monkey Cage, the Washington Post‘s political science blog.

What the World Needs Now is Followers, Sweet Followers (New York Times)

Have we built it up too much?

Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, writes of the glorification of leadership skills and how the search for Type A leaders often leaves behind brilliant doers and thinkers who don’t happen to be in charge.

Read Cain’s piece “Not Leadership Material? Good. The World Needs Followers.” in The New York Times.

Turn Your Blinker On! Too Much Eye Contact Leads to Poor Thinking (Scientific American)

Eye contact requires the same mental resources used for complex tasks, which explains why so many people look away when they’re speaking, particularly about something complex. “Eye contact can deplete your mental bandwidth,” reports Scientific American.

In an experiment, participants instructed to make direct eye contact were hindered in their performance on a verbal task. “So the next time you’re in a polite staring contest with an interviewer, take the time to look out the window while you ponder the hardest questions. They should forgive you the breach of etiquette if you come up with your best answers.” Read more.

Roger That: Putting Down in the World’s Emergency Landing Capital — Bangor, Maine (Telegraph)

Buckle up, we’re Bangor-bound.

In the unlikely event of an emergency while traveling across the pond, passengers may find themselves in Maine’s Queen City.

Bangor International Airport—BIA to those in the know—has handled 1,170 “diversion or emergency-type” flights since 2005.

Find out why in The Telegraph article, “The extraordinary story behind the world’s emergency landing capital.”