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Why Uncertainty About Climate Change Is What Scares Me Most

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.04.2017 | Green
David Katz, M.D.

In his inaugural column for the New York Times, Bret Stephens- formerly with the Wall Street Journal- wrote a thoughtful and provocative, if controver...

On Barbers, Liars, and Scientific Papers

Mario Livio | Posted 06.23.2016 | Science
Mario Livio

Outside the shop of a village barber hangs a neon sign that says: "I shave all and only those men in the village who do not shave themselves." Is ther...

'Immense Harm Is Caused By The Belief That Work Is Virtuous'

Emma Birchall | Posted 04.13.2017 | Business
Emma Birchall

For the first time in history, the most skilled, highest earners in society are working the longest hours. But why is it that those who can afford the most leisure are now taking the least?

From blue sky science to blue ribbon policy: a call to action

Terry Babcock-Lumish | Posted 02.24.2017 | Technology
Terry Babcock-Lumish

Exhortations to learn from history are nothing new. But how to make sense of that which is wholly novel, for which history books fail to offer a tidy ...

Science and Medicine, Fools and Fanatics: The 'Fluidity' of Woo

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.30.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The American College of Preventive Medicine recently completed a project, with funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration, to advan...

The Joy and Pain of Uncertainty

Mario Livio | Posted 09.25.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Mario Livio

In his famous "Apology," Plato cites Socrates as saying: "That which I may not have known-through-seeing in no way I imagine myself to have known-thro...

Breast Cancer Screening: Of Chances and Choices

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.11.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A sardonic insight by Bertrand Russell deftly, if disturbingly, conveys much of what is wrong in the realm of modern health promotion, particularly wh...

On Idleness, or How to Have your Coffee

Yara Zgheib | Posted 06.19.2016 | Travel
Yara Zgheib

There are two broad philosophies on how to have one's coffee, and two broad philosophies on how to live one's life. Both questions are inextricably linked.

We Need Free Speech Because We Are Ignorant

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

We are all ignorant; none of us have all the answers. That fact is not only a strong argument in favor of free speech and against those who would suppress it -- it is a spur toward greater wisdom.

Do You Have To Be As Busy As You Say You Are?

Samantha Eyler | Posted 09.08.2014 | Women
Samantha Eyler

Everyone (well, mostly women) keeps talking about how BUSY they are all the time.It's like suddenly, being "busy" is a badge of honor or something. I just want to scream at them: We're ALL busy! And there's no prize for being the busiest!

It Is Sweet to Do Nothing

Mark Matousek | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Matousek

Who you are is already enough. You don't need to become a thing. Life isn't a race or a contest. There's nowhere to go. You're already there.

Libertarian Purists: Libertarian on Everything -- Except Liberty

Robin Koerner | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

If a libertarian world is made happy by replacing political aggression and force with the actions of people who are civil and tolerant, then we cannot expect people to come to our side if we cannot even exhibit those qualities.

Ted Cruz: 'Don't Blink'

Prof. Joe Peyronnin | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Prof. Joe Peyronnin

Senator Cruz is on a crusade to become president. Cruz knows that if he can win over the conservative wing of his party with stirring rhetoric filled with red meat, he will be in a formidable position for the 2016 Republican presidential primaries.

Who Wins Wars?

David Sable | Posted 01.26.2013 | Media
David Sable

Who wins wars? More importantly -- can a war, today, really be won? In the "old days," war was simple... populations were smaller, weapons were less...

Uncommon Sense: Self-Driving Cars and Books That Write Themselves

Michael Sigman | Posted 12.26.2012 | Comedy
Michael Sigman

A webzine recently asked me to write 100 words on the question, "If you had to choose between blindness and deafness, which sense would you keep?" I gave them one word: "common."

Finding The Beauty Of Atheism During Ramadan

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

My approach to spiritual growth during Ramadan is to study the Scriptures and writings of other faiths and belief systems. In the course of this study, I came across an excellent essay.

Conflicting Ideologies And Entangled Narratives

William Grassie | Posted 06.02.2012 | Religion
William Grassie

How do we decide which stories are worthy of our affirmation and support? Which narratives have the power to convince, convert and transform? Which religion does one choose?

Is Religion a Tranquillizer?

Nigel Barber | Posted 04.25.2012 | Science
Nigel Barber

Religion may be many different things. Yet, at its core, it serves the same function as tranquillizers. It is a downer.

West Meets East: Confucius And Bertrund Russell

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 10.15.2011 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

Could the Confucian perspective on learning be the reason for Russell's great admiration of Chinese thought after his visit to China in the early 20th century?

HuffPost Review: The Guard

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.03.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Brutal -- and brutally funny -- The Guard joins a growing list of darkly witty contemporary Irish gangster movies. It's as amusing as it is occasionally shocking.

A Train Wreck Named Desire

Henry J. Stern | Posted 08.20.2011 | New York
Henry J. Stern

The teachable moment that emerges from this personal tragedy is that, with many people who we think of as leaders, emotion can overpower reason, and people can and do perform incredibly self-destructive acts.

How Change Happened

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 08.10.2011 | Home
Craig K. Comstock

In just his most recent few books, Adam Hochschild has examined the scandal of the colonial Congo, the anti-slavery movement in Great Britain, and the fighting of and opposition to what we now call WWI.

The Promise Of A New Era In Our Conversation About Faith

Rabbi Alan Lurie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Alan Lurie

Imagine a time when we can be completely open and courageously vulnerable to ourselves and to others, in honest exploration of the infinite glory of being human.

Mythographers: Recalling The Future, Foretelling The Past

Kisa Lala | Posted 04.05.2013 | Arts
Kisa Lala

By Kiša Lala Cave, 2010, Mars: Adrift on the Hourglass Sea © Kahn & Selesnick, Courtesy of the Artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery I found ...

For Jobs and Peace, Re-Elect Feingold-McGovern and a Democratic Congress

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

If some Democrats want to punish Obama at the ballot box, sitting on their hands while Republicans take down Russ Feingold and Jim McGovern and the Democratic Congress is an irrational way to do it.