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Classic Philosophy Hacks for the Modern Age

Andrea Maltman | Posted 07.02.2015 | Education
Andrea Maltman

We love lists because they're a simple proposition in a world of white hot noise, and because most people living a postmodern life -- present company included -- cannot actually tell you, in 140 succinct characters, what that even is.

Southern Whites, Let's Admit Our Privilege And Do Something About It

B. Shaw Drake | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
B. Shaw Drake

Generations of my family have profited from political and social white supremacy in the South. I admit that I have benefited greatly from my position in the hierarchy, and therefore understand what I can do to break from it.

Taking Back the Arts

Hannah Lamarque | Posted 05.19.2015 | Arts
Hannah Lamarque

Let's set the scene. It's Friday night. 11pm. It's raining outside and we're in Paris. We're in a dark corner of a dingy jazz bar. Someone's wearing stripes. We close in on one girl, eyes fixed on the main stage, foot tapping and head swaying.

Why We Should All Log Off the College Process

Cameron Schaeffer | Posted 06.22.2015 | College
Cameron Schaeffer

Every process or journey has a million different turns, but rejection isn't the end. Besides, my generation will all be drowning in student loan debt long after we see our first acceptance letter.

Optimal Human Nutrition? There, There...

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The Council of Directors of the True Health Coalition is already, only weeks after its formation, home to nearly 150 leading experts from nearly 20 countries, rallying around the same basic principles of healthy eating.

Checking Intention: How We Can Promote Constructive Online Dialogue

Lauren E. Galvan | Posted 05.23.2015 | Technology
Lauren E. Galvan

This morning, I realized that I live in an era in which silencing others' opinions online means psychologically shutting people up, or making people f...

Avoiding Indictment by Innuendo

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.02.2015 | Media
David Katz, M.D.

When you go public with your opinions, you are apt at times to ruffle some feathers, intentionally or otherwise. I have dealt with this -- on television, on Twitter, and elsewhere -- many times. I have some suggestions for how best to dodge these bullets should you ever find yourself in similar crosshairs.

We're Fat And Sick And The Broccoli Did It!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.26.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

It's no big surprise that someone untrained in research methods would tell us all what the research really means and why the scientists on this committee -- all trained to do research and interpret it -- are just a bunch of hacks. But that the New York Times would allocate its imprimatur and rarefied real estate to an infomercial masquerading as an Op-Ed is a lamentably disappointing surprise.

Where Public Health Meets Propaganda, You Are Being Played!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

But here's the thing, folks: if you buy into this nonsense, and meaning no disrespect, you are not merely wrong. You are wrong about why you are wrong.

What Really Happens When Two or More Agree?

Catherine Nagle | Posted 03.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

For me, it is imperative to take the extra time and listen with your heart before agreeing any opinion expressed, and to express myself only with words of love for everyone and everything, since this will become our truth in the end.

Leave the Gym Resolutioners Alone

Katie Hoffman | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Katie Hoffman

The "new year, new me" routine has become a bad cliche, but we should be able to put aside our disdain and acknowledge that even if someone doesn't succeed on their first try, thinking about their health, fitness, and eating habits is an admirable thing -- regardless of what time of the year it happens.

I Was a Teenage Fundamentalist: How I Resolved the Conflict Between Jesus and My Sexuality

Kevin Thornton | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Kevin Thornton

It was the early '90s. Southern Indiana. My entire world revolved around Jesus, and I was hiding the darkest secret. "I'm gay." I remember scribbling those words into my cheap, paperback journal.

Best Buy, 'Serial' and the Era of Outrage

Scott Russell | Posted 02.15.2015 | Media
Scott Russell

Best Buy was already a part of the Serial world by sheer chance -- they just chose to acknowledge that connection with a tongue in cheek. The only self-interest that the company can be seen to be pursuing here is relevance, which by no means translates directly into profit.

Vegans Say Goodbye to Meat... and Misconceptions

Eliana Rose Jordan | Posted 02.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Eliana Rose Jordan

I'm a realistic person. I don't expect the whole world to make the same choice I made, because I know that there are a lot of dedicated meat eaters out there. My only condition is this: Know your facts about veganism before you jump to conclusions.

The American InstaDream -- Fame Over Talent?

Mich Cardin | Posted 01.12.2015 | Entertainment
Mich Cardin

Is it better to be void of all talent but be famous, than be full of talent and an unknown? In America, the answer is yes. Or at least that's what society teaches us.

Latino Decisions' Election Eve Poll, Early Results

Latino Decisions | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Latino Decisions

The main story is that "immigration reform/Dream Act" surpassed "jobs/economy" as the most important issue motivating 2014 midterm cycle likely Latino voters.

Every Vote Counts -- And Why Yours Doesn't

Madeline Hill | Posted 01.03.2015 | College
Madeline Hill

On Netflix, the average episode of House of Cards lasts less than an hour. It takes less time than that to cast your ballot on Nov. 4. Netflix will always be there, but casting your vote won't.

Lessons Not Learned: Polling Latino Voters, 2014 Colorado Edition

Latino Decisions | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Latino Decisions

The challenges of polling Latino voters have received less attention in 2014, because there are fewer competitive states and districts this cycles where Latinos are positioned to be influential. A notable exception is Colorado.

Daydreams by Any Other Name Taste as Sweet

Linda C. Smith | Posted 12.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda C. Smith

Sometimes writers state the obvious, like this statement: We live in a scary world. The evidence of this "scariness" can be found in the headlines o...

WATCH: Differences of Opinion?

Brad Yates | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Yates

Wouldn't it be lovely if others always saw things our way...? Nah... probably be pretty boring, actually. But even though it would be dull and stifl...

A Cacophony of Culinary Lunatics

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The very ingredient some rail against is the very ingredient others recommend, with equal passion and conviction, as the substitute for the thing they know to be the true source of all evil in the kitchen.

Say Yes for Scotland (VIDEO)

HUMANITY.TV | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
HUMANITY.TV

Scotland's independence vote is this week and the polls are nearly too close to call. In this opinionated documentary, a few select individuals give their case for why they think the country should vote "Yes" for Scottish Independence.

Mistakes Downton Abbey Did Not Make

Heather Deason Zynczak | Posted 10.19.2014 | Women
Heather Deason Zynczak

My experience is that women sometimes are their own worst enemies. We are harder on ourselves than anyone around us. If you think you can't do it, you probably can't. Believe in yourself. You will succeed.

Right You Are... the Past Is Prologue

Warren Adler | Posted 09.27.2014 | Media
Warren Adler

To my mind, Jimmy Cannon was the greatest sports writer who ever lived. I read his columns in the New York Post avidly and religiously. When he wasn't writing about sports, he was musing, offering his personal, mostly one- or two-liner opinions, about anything that hit his off-the-charts observant eye. Most had little to do with sports.

What to Do When Your Food Glows in the Dark

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.24.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Perhaps it's an exaggeration to say our food glows in the dark, although I'm not entirely sure. But whether or not they actually phosphoresce, these products are indeed designed to glow. The glowing in question, however, occurs within the dark confines of our skulls.