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Epic: Is It Time to Find a New Myth beyond Good and Evil?

Maria Rodale | Posted 08.03.2013 | Entertainment
Maria Rodale

I was looking forward to seeing Epic, the new Disney movie, with my daughter in a way I hadn't looked forward to a kid's movie in a long time. I love...

'Never Let Them See You Sweat': The Myth of Effortless Perfection

Amy Yao | Posted 05.19.2013 | College
Amy Yao

The concept of "effortless perfection" is the constant pressure felt by college women to be "smart, accomplished, fit, beautiful and popular," all without "visible effort." The price of such a lofty goal, however, has far-reaching consequences.

The Hero's Journey Meets the Screenwriter's Journey

Loren-Paul Caplin | Posted 05.19.2013 | Arts
Loren-Paul Caplin

Why the F*%K do we do it? Money? Fame? Love of the process? What is it? Why do we continue to write screenplays when aside from the outrageously arduous task of getting it even remotely right, the odds of then getting it sold and then made and then becoming a hit are...well doubtful.

Why Ban Cousin Marriages?

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 03.30.2013 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

The fact that 20 percent of global marriages take place between first cousins and most societies, including Europe and Canada, consider cousin marriages to be legal should give us a pause.

Inauguration, Ritual and Renewal

David Kudler | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics
David Kudler

On this third Tuesday of January, I will indeed be filled with hope: hope, not in perfection but in perfectability; hope in the ability of our nation and our world to learn from our mistakes and turn from our excesses.

Pretending/Pretense

Tony Smith | Posted 03.16.2013 | Business
Tony Smith

"Psssst. Suzie, come here!" "Where are you?" "Over here. Behind the big maple." "What's up?" "Let's play... Hide 'n' Seek. I'll count, you hide. Ready...

The Transformational Power of Storytelling

Lloyd Glauberman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd Glauberman, Ph.D.

While myths, as vehicles for conveying wisdom, have been around since the beginning of human history, the therapeutic use of metaphor -- the subtly structured "story with a message" -- is a more recent development.

Religion As A Private Pursuit, Science For Everyone

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 12.13.2012 | Religion
G. Elijah Dann

It's not that these respective advances in the sciences have shown that God doesn't exist. It's rather that these, truly mind-blowing discoveries, can be learned by everyone without losing oneself.

This Weekend: Folk Monster Showcase

J.L. Sirisuk | Posted 12.12.2012 | Los Angeles
J.L. Sirisuk

With All Hallows' Eve quickly approaching, and L'art Pour L'art has their fall showcase entitled Folk Monster.

Myth and Its Dangers

Gary Hart | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics
Gary Hart

Myths play a central role as metaphor in many world religions, but myths in politics are dangerous. They are a conscious hiding place from a changing, challenging, and often uncomfortable new world.

Beijing! Washington!

Frank H. Wu | Posted 11.19.2012 | College
Frank H. Wu

I am convinced by a myth. It is our ideal that anyone who comes to the New World can become an equal member of our society.

Faith In The Higgs?

Jason Rosenhouse | Posted 10.30.2012 | Religion
Jason Rosenhouse

As a practical matter, we all must accept what experts tell us about fields we have not studied ourselves. It is very lazy, however, to say that all such instances are just acts of faith and therefore intellectually equivalent.

Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride: Boldly Going Forward Into Myth

G. Roger Denson | Posted 08.27.2012 | Science
G. Roger Denson

For Armstrong and Ride, who so actively inspired so many to follow their leads, death only greets the body. Their efforts live on as active and inspiring myths in the lives of those who learn of their boldness.

The Power -- And Study -- Of Myth

David Kudler | Posted 10.20.2012 | Religion
David Kudler

Taught under the various umbrellas of history, anthropology, literature, philosophy, folklore, religion, psychology and other disciplines, mythology is rarely recognized as its own field. To date, only one school offers a graduate program in Mythological Studies.

The Dark Mythopoetics of Christopher Nolan's Rising and Setting Knight

G. Roger Denson | Posted 07.20.2012 | Entertainment
G. Roger Denson

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The Hero's Journey: Follow Your Bliss and Doors Will Open

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 09.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Dennis Merritt Jones

In the 70s, when I first heard the phrase "follow your bliss," popularized by mythologist Joseph Campbell, it immediately hooked my attention.

Mythologizing Evolution Revisited

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 08.09.2012 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

Whether we think that the biblically based story of our origins is historically and scientifically accurate or not, we certainly have to admit that it is a beautiful story. To take root in deeply religious America, evolution needs to be a better myth.

Scott Hocking's Garden of the Gods

Vince Carducci | Posted 06.12.2012 | Detroit
Vince Carducci

Scott Hocking's Garden of the Gods can be read as a dystopian reflection of the effects of spectacle society.

It's A Wonderful -- Newt?

Paul Stoller | Posted 02.15.2012 | Politics
Paul Stoller

If the glut of corporate money continues to poison our political system, it is possible that we could elect Newt "Mr. Potter" Gingrich to the presidency. How would someone who seems to know and care so little about poor people govern our country?

Debunk Me! Debunk Me! "Lean, Mean, and Easy to Read..."

A. Siegel | Posted 02.07.2012 | Green
A. Siegel

Clearly written, with reinforcing graphics, the Debunking Handbook is a clear and easy read which helps sets an example for good myth-busting.

Class Illusions

Paul Stoller | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics
Paul Stoller

Most Americans want to believe that they are middle class, and this notion, which goes along with the myths of American social equality and equal opportunity, makes us feel good. We don't like to discuss issues that threaten our social myths.

14 Incredible Fictional Worlds You'd Most Want to Visit (PHOTOS)

Posted 10.01.2011 | Arts

Some people dream of visiting India or Brazil -- other people have loftier, if not impossible, travel ambitions. With the summer travel season in ...

Why Faith Is A Story, Not Doctrine

Derek Flood | Posted 09.13.2011 | Religion
Derek Flood

Since story is such a foundational part of how we as humans make sense of our lives, it makes sense that our sacred texts would make use of story.

Wanted: 1,000 Pastors For the Poor

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.16.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

There is a policy myth is that churches and charities alone could take care of the problems of poverty -- especially if we slashed taxes. But this really has more to do with libertarian political ideology than good theology.

Balanced LIfe -- Volunteer. Give Pro Bono. Help Others. It's the Right Thing to Do, and It Will Boost Your Happiness.

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

Volunteering is the right thing to do -- we all know that. And studies show that it boosts happiness; those who work to further causes they value ten...