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The Modern Fragmentation of Lives & Identities

David Sze | Posted 02.01.2017 | Home
David Sze

I have two groups of friends, and they don't intersect. The first group are my fellow Amherst College alumni--intellectual, career-oriented, hard-wor...

What You Can Learn From Talking To A 90-Year Old

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 09.25.2016 | Home
Michael Rosenblum

Pretty good shape for 90 - must be those G&Ts Last week we celebrated my father-in-law's 90th birthday. There was a time when even getting to 90 was...

Should Islam Have A Role In Politics?

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 06.24.2016 | Home
Soumaya Ghannoushi

As we ponder the crises and conflicts raging around the Muslim world, with their toxic mix of religion and politics and rising waves of a terrorism that looks to Islam for legitimisation, we cannot help asking: should Islam have any role in politics and public life? Can it come to play a constructive role on the local and international stage?

Mastering English in Iran: Ticket to Modernity

Setareh Sabety | Posted 11.19.2016 | Home
Setareh Sabety

This insistence on learning English wasn't because they were immigrants or exiled when I was growing up, but because even in their own country, in the sixties and seventies, speaking English meant progress and set them apart from the masses, it reaffirmed their elite status.

Terrorism and the Crisis of Sunni Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 10.19.2016 | Home
Soumaya Ghannoushi

The roots of Sunni Islam's ailments it must be noted are not entirely to do with religion, as most journalists, politicians and "experts" in Europe and across the Atlantic never tire of repeating. Rather than scripture and theology, it is in politics and economics, in power balances, foreign interventions and the scramble for influence and resources that the causes of its ills reside.

Pope Francis and Citizen Politics

Harry Boyte | Posted 09.10.2016 | Home
Harry Boyte

We need a Copernican Revolution in political thinking. Pope Francis can help.

Madness, Music and Modernity: Studying Structural Oppression Through Musicology

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.06.2016 | Home
J Nelson Aviance

The title of this post is distinctly ideological and, I believe, holds implications for a discussion of the medicalization of madness and mental illness.

The Muslim World Needs Social Scientists Who Know the Islamic Tradition

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 05.20.2016 | Home
Muqtedar Khan

Social sciences have also added Islamic studies to their realm and have developed a more nuanced, more sophisticated and even empowering vision of Islam by critiquing and building upon traditional Islamic sciences.

Philippines' Shallow Capitalism: Westernization Without Prosperity

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 04.29.2016 | Home
Richard Javad Heydarian

The Philippines, shaped by its colonial legacy, has emulated Western lifestyles and urban architectures It is time for the Filipino elite to rediscover the true meaning of modernity, democracy, and progress. And for the wider population to fight for genuine prosperity.


Peter Buffett | Posted 02.11.2015 | Home
Peter Buffett

By removing the connections to nature and to our nature -- one by one -- we have slipped into unconsciousness. Our agricultural systems, education policies, political structures and market economies all contribute to the increasingly open wound of disconnection.

'Sherlock': Brainy Modernity's Last Bow

Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. | Posted 09.21.2014 | Home
Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.

In the hands of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes has reappeared, but this time as a manipulative intellectual lacking in empathy or warm feelings.

Foreword: Vietnam 40 Years Later

Andrew Lam | Posted 05.18.2014 | Home
Andrew Lam

Vietnam is no longer a war, of course, but it remains for many Americans a scar and a haunting metaphor for political disasters and tragic consequences.

The Future is Human

David Sim | Posted 09.22.2013 | Home
David Sim

Perhaps the most surprising thing as I consider the Brave New World I live in today is that my adult life is much more timeless than even my childhood was in neat suburbia with car travel everywhere, supermarket shopping and instant meals.

Not Enough Time: A Modern Eschatology

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 07.14.2013 | Home
Rachel G. Hackenberg

Modern American life has conflated the end of time with everyday time. We are living each day in a panic as though it is the last day. We experience each moment as though it is a deadline, an end, a final chance for productivity. We are not waiting for The End Of Time to live at the end of time.

One Small Sign of Society's Unraveling

Maria Rodale | Posted 03.27.2013 | Home
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger When someone studies early 21st-century life to try to pinpoint exactly when society started to u...

A Different Day, a Different Time

Ron Brounes | Posted 12.18.2012 | Home
Ron Brounes

When I was growing up (half a century ago), life was different. Telephones had rotary dials and did not double as game consoles. Kids sat next to the TV because we didn't have remote controls to change to the other three channels and rabbit ears needed constant adjustments.

'The Scream' Is Only The Beginning...

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.28.2012 | Home

Most of us know Norwegian painter Edvard Munch by his "Scream," which has continued to echo throughout our collective nightmares since the late 19th c...

What Makes Rubens Great?

Daniel Maidman | Posted 07.30.2012 | Home
Daniel Maidman

Q: What makes Flemish painter, diplomat, and scholar Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) great? A: lots of things. Today, I'd like to compare two of his pai...

Bilious Cruelty Against Bears in the Name of Medicine

Tim Terhaar | Posted 03.24.2012 | Home
Tim Terhaar

Man's fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; man has no advantage over...

Hinduism And Modernity

Pankaj Jain, Ph.D. | Posted 10.01.2011 | Home
Pankaj Jain, Ph.D.

Where does Hindu tradition stop and modern values begin? The main argument presented here is that the so-called modern values were already imbibed in the Hindu culture.

America: Enemy of Change, Midwife of the Future

Michael Vlahos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Vlahos

Global change has been building. It is too big for crisis management to suppress much longer. And if we insist on seeing it all as bad, we will miss the actual change itself.

Men: What Have We Learned So Far?

Tom Matlack | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Tom Matlack

The one thing each of these men have in common is brutal honesty. You can't get very far towards your own definition of manhood when you are lying to yourself or the people you love. So dig deep.

Health Care Reform is the New Gay Marriage

Morgan Warners | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Morgan Warners

Gay marriage and our increasingly obvious interconnectedness present threats to traditions and ways of doing things that many of us think should change. In that regard, health reform is the new gay marriage.

Repositioning America: Obama's Cairo Speech as the Ultimate in Event Marketing

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
William Bradley

Not only did no one throw shoes at Obama, the crowd of 3,000 in Cairo gave him a standing ovation. Watching the speech, I had the feeling that the world might be changing again.

Just Think

Richard Laermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Richard Laermer

What if restaurants put a bin near the door for our cell phones, Blackberries, etc? Consider what would happen when our dining companions got up to use the bathroom, leaving us alone. With our solo thoughts.