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Human Nature

Faith, and the Complexities of Being Human

Shayne Looper | Posted 01.20.2017 | Religion
Shayne Looper

According to the Pew Research Center, while "the vast majority of Americans still believe in God ... there are strong signs that many are less certain...

The Little Violinist

Sherry Caris | Posted 10.18.2016 | Comedy
Sherry Caris

I fingered the neck as I had been taught and swung my bow up and down enthusiastically, but not a peep came from my violin, and I was one of the few students never chastised by our fearless leader.

Among The Thugs Again: The Mass Man Thug

Chris Fici | Posted 09.14.2016 | Sports
Chris Fici

Our allegiance to what we think are sacred principles all too often leads us to the demonic and profane. Sports are no different.

Trump Or The Trouble With Hating

Sherman Yellen | Posted 08.27.2016 | Politics
Sherman Yellen

Trump hate. I don't like these feelings. I don't want these feelings.

The Bell Curve Of Human Nature

Jonathan F.P. Rose | Posted 07.06.2016 | Impact
Jonathan F.P. Rose

The range of human nature falls along a bell curve of behavior, with saints at one extreme, and fascists on the other. Most of us fall in the middle. ...

The Story of Us: Why Some Couples Last And Others Fail

Kyle Benson | Posted 06.09.2016 | Divorce
Kyle Benson

Every relationship is bounded in the pages of stories. The chapter when John was late for date night, embarrassing you as you sat alone in a romantic restaurant by yourself. Or the countless nights your wife puts on her "no sex" sweatpants to tell you she's off limits.

The Intimacy of "Sleeping With"

Rance Collins | Posted 06.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rance Collins

The connotation that comes with the term "slept with" was recently discussed amongst a group of my friends. Of course, where most minds jump is sex. Not just sex, actually. Full on, all-night, torrid, romance novel-style action. The stuff that half-naked book covers are made of.

Nature Blood Red in Tooth and Claw

Leona Foxx | Posted 05.25.2016 | Religion
Leona Foxx

The months of spring this year have brought a delicious treat to the eyes of bird watchers near the Baypoint Lagoons, a wildlife sanctuary near where I live.

Sitting Is Like the New Smoking, Screens Are the New Crack

Gabriela Masala | Posted 04.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Gabriela Masala

May we have the discipline in this wild, plugged in world to prioritize face to face intimacy with living, breathing beings and to live playfully in our bodies, not watching "life" through screens.

5 A-ha! Moments When We Stopped Fighting Human Nature and Started Changing the World

Laura Mather | Posted 04.08.2016 | Business
Laura Mather

Human beings have a stubborn propensity for getting in our own way. All those women riding side-saddle and falling off horses, until someone figured o...

It's Unwise to Define Frozen Embryos as Human Life

Mark Baer | Posted 04.05.2016 | Impact
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Mark Baer

The Missouri legislature is currently considering the enactment of legislation that would define frozen embryos as human life.

On Consumerism, Terror, and Human Nature

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 03.29.2016 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

For decades, we have been told that if we only had that coolest, newest car/phone/pair of shoes/you-name-it, we would be happy. But as soon as we get ...

Caring about Creation Makes us More Human

Caroline Wright | Posted 03.19.2017 | Religion
Caroline Wright

In a course I took last year, Concepts of Freedom, we explored different depictions of freedom from ancient Greek thought, to Stoic thought, to early ...

'The Winter Girl,' a Conversation With Matt Marinovich

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 01.19.2017 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

The Winter Girl, his second novel, finds Scott and Elise, a young married couple, living in a house owned by Elise's father who is in the hospital, dying of cancer. While Elise spends her days at the hospital, Scott becomes fixated on the summer house next door.

Is it Humanly Possible to Fully "Appreciate?"

Brett Murphy Hunt | Posted 01.18.2017 | Women
Brett Murphy Hunt

Yesterday, I found an old draft of a blog entry I never published. It contained a few phrases about my desire to consciously appreciate the fortunes of life. Love, prosperity, family, etc. I thought about this for a bit.

A Catechism of Confucianism: The Scientific Foundation of Confucian Religiosity and Morality

Bin Song (宋斌) | Posted 12.09.2016 | Religion
Bin Song (宋斌)

(Image Courtesy from What is the scientific foundation of Confucian religiosity and morali...

What Travel Photography has Taught Me About the World

Aaron Lurth | Posted 12.09.2016 | Arts
Aaron Lurth

I have been fortunate enough to do a bit of traveling in my life. Starting with my first international trip in college, armed with my camera and a cur...

Ancient, Nature-Based Style of Dream Work

Erin McElroy | Posted 12.02.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Erin McElroy

If you look at ancient and indigenous cultures across the globe, there are many things in common... including, but not limited to: collaborative commu...

But They Said He Was Good With Other Animals and Kids

Julie LeRoy | Posted 09.01.2016 | Good News
Julie LeRoy

Of course we all know a dog is more adoptable if he gets along with kids and other animals, and we don't want to withhold important information from potential adopters, but is it possible that we judge the dog based on an initial surrender evaluation?

3 Reasons Why Only a Strong Person Is Capable of Forgiveness

Donna Labermeier | Posted 08.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Donna Labermeier

The act of forgiving someone is, in essence, your refusal to let anger and hatred prevent you from moving forward. You are taking a stand against allowing the actions of others to alter the course of your life or who you are.

Prejudice: A Dangerous Defense Mechanism

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

"Prejudice is a great time saver: You can form opinions without having to get the facts." -- E. B. White Prejudice is described as an unfavorable opi...

Are We All Potentially Evil?: A New Dramatic Film Based on the Stanford Prison Experiment Reveals Why Good People Turn Bad

Michael Shermer | Posted 07.27.2016 | Science
Michael Shermer

Unlike most filmic reenactments of real-life events in which considerable poetic license is taken to punch up the drama, none is needed for this film because the subjects themselves produced enough gravitas to keep the narrative arc moving toward its shattering conclusion.

Cultural Evolution and Language Mavenry, Or Why Making Fun of People Who Mix Metaphors Is Not a Waste Of Time

Dan Cloud | Posted 07.22.2016 | Science
Dan Cloud

The discovery that I may actually be accomplishing something with my language snobbery is a serendipitous result of our ongoing effort to find a workable theory of cultural evolution.

Those Creatures Called Humans: 5 Steps to Being a 'Better' One

Paula Jane | Posted 07.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Paula Jane

Sometimes, we cannot see our worth; may feel unworthy and do not value ourselves, our expertise and talents. If we do not value ourselves, we certainly cannot expect others to value us

How to Be at Peace When the World Isn't

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.04.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Deepak Chopra

We seem to be living out the Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times." The curse is probably mythical, but our interesting times contain muc...