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ISIS's Backwards 'Caliphate' Evokes Crusaders Over Caliphs

Michael Shammas | Posted 12.29.2015 | Religion
Michael Shammas

ISIS is a tragic foil. Despite its presumptuous claim to a "new caliphate," the group -- by punishing trifling deviation from its narrow Sunnism, by elevating theocracy over free thought -- exemplifies a mentality opposite that which fueled the caliphates of Islam's golden age.

On Shakespeare's Heavens

Mario Livio | Posted 11.11.2015 | Science
Mario Livio

We shall probably never know with certainty whether Shakespeare indeed intended "Hamlet" to also represent the battle that was associated with one of the biggest revolutions in the history of science. The mere fact that we can even consider that possibility, only adds to the greatness of this monumental genius.

Moving Masses

Mary Ellen Hannibal | Posted 09.22.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Hannibal

We are quite psycho with all our savagery to each other and to the Earth, but we must mobilize our cognitive, emotional, and executive functioning to figure this thing out rationally.

The Trouble With Charlie...

William Bradley | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

While I support the right of the journalists involved to express their evident contempt for the religion of Islam, I also support my right to express my disdain for the acts that precipitated their murders.

Are We Really Conscious?

The New York Times | Michael S. A. Graziano | Posted 10.13.2014 | World

OF the three most fundamental scientific questions about the human condition, two have been answered. First, what is our relationship to the rest o...

The Incomparable Genius of Ken Wilber

Arjuna Ardagh | Posted 05.05.2014 | Religion
Arjuna Ardagh

It is extremely hard to imagine that a little more than 500 years ago everybody believed that the planets all revolved around the earth, albeit in a r...

Shocking Percentage Of Americans Don't Know This Basic Fact

Posted 02.18.2014 | Science

If you ask an American if the sun orbits Earth, there's a 1 in 4 chance he'll say yes. According to a new National Science Foundation study, 74% of...

I'm With Stupid: Life, the Universe, Tupac and Everything

Todd Hartley | Posted 02.12.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

So I'm not sure about you, but I don't think this idea of the universe as a hologram -- since I don't believe it -- is going to have much effect on my day-to-day life.

Christians Must Confront Scientific Illiteracy

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 07.21.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Christians have not always been such enemies of science. Aside from the occasional embarrassment, science often thrived in explicitly Christian settings. This is the heritage that Christians must reclaim and reassert.

My Teacher's Teacher

John Freely | Posted 11.11.2012 | Science
John Freely

When I first started teaching physics, virtually nothing was said about the predecessors of Copernicus, Galileo and Newton. In reality, a impressive succession of European scholars opened the way for the Scientific Revolution.

Humble Pie

Seth Shostak | Posted 03.05.2012 | Science
Seth Shostak

The next time you check your moves in the mirror and reflect on how special you are, consider that somewhere in this universe or in another parallel universe, your double might be doing the same.

Crackpots In Life, Heroes In Death: Which Innovators Were Shunned By Their Contemporaries? (PHOTOS)

Posted 06.14.2011 | Books

It happens in every generation: someone comes up with ideas that look crazy but turn out to be genius. When do they get the recognition? After they're...

Galileo 2010

Michael Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Carmichael

Today in Britain, the tabloids are unfolding over yet another case of scientific inquisition. In the Information Age, the Tabloid Editor has replaced the Papal Inquisitor.

HuffPost Interview: Rachel Weisz and Agora

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Agora, a film by Alejandro Amenabar, captures a moment of upheaval in the world of Hypatia -- an astronomer and mathematician played by Rachel Weisz.

Michael Skapinker: Business Has Not Yet Found Its Copernicus

ft.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Over the past 30 years, business schools taught the virtues of the free market. Academic researchers teased out its characteristics. The market provid...

Rennie Davis 3.0

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alexia Parks

These days Rennie Davis, one of the Chicago 7, tells listeners from his home base in Longmont that world is "not solid, objective or real, but a psychological construct" whose origin lies within each one of us.

New Tunes On Monday: Wilco, The Mars Volta, Don Henley and Christina Courtin

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The songs on Wilco's self-titled album are laden with fat, beefy hooks although there isn't the usual amount of boundary pushing here.