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Robots to Replace Humans?
September 06

Why We See Less Eroticism in Movies

Transformation of society's values has changed attitudes towards nudity in film.
June 14

What to Expect from Science in 2017: Linguistics

The concept of thought-reading is longer science fiction; computer translation is improving; and linguists are no longer ashamed to ask ‘why people talk the way they do on the Internet’.
December 26, 2016

What to Expect from Science in 2017: Philosophy

The debate about the concepts of ethics no longer applies solely to an individual’s moral principles and self-knowledge. Ethics has become an engineering problem. The question then arises, what principles should we build in to autonomous machines that operate and make decisions in the real world?
December 26, 2016

Urban Intellectuals Preserve Folk Heritage

Even today, ages-old folk culture can serve as a basis for collective identity by bringing together people who share this interest and underlying values, as evidenced by Russia's folk heritage movement. According to Rostislav Kononenko, Senior Lecturer at the HSE's Department of General Sociology, and Evgenia Karpova, Master's student at the HSE, the folk heritage movement in Russia is driven by urban intellectuals working to preserve and promote authentic folk culture.
February 17, 2015

Cultural nationalism contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union

Nationalism in the post-Soviet republics did not arise solely as a result of the economic and political crisis in the Soviet Union. The longstanding policy of the Soviet elite aimed at forming a multinational state is what enabled it. Authorities sought to use ethnic diversity to strengthen the state structure, but the result was exactly the opposite. A study by Andrey Shcherbak, senior research fellow at the HSE’s Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (LCSR)*
February 25, 2014