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Philosophy

Joan Wulf: Special Topics in Elemental Physics

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 05.09.2015 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

In both style and substance, Joan Wulf's artistic practice exists at a poetic nexus of nature and science. Her art has stemmed largely from her observations of the environment, both as an independent, self-governing system of matter and energy, and as an interdependent context for a range of cultural, scientific, philosophical, and industrial human activity.

A Collection of Gold Gowns Exploit Millennial Narcissism

Hannah Amundson | Posted 05.09.2015 | Style
Hannah Amundson

I think it's important for me to remember that that's all that art is really meant to do -- to start a conversation. Fashion is a way for me to interpret thoughts and feelings that I can't quite express any other way.

Out-Thinking ISIS

Amanda Botfeld | Posted 05.03.2015 | College
Amanda Botfeld

Instead of proposing a liberal alternative, the United States seems to be apologizing. Statements explaining away the actions of ISIS with lack of job opportunities or poor governance can be used to justify genocide. But the strongest indication that America has entered crisis-mode is that it can no longer make its case.

If Descartes And Crick Had A Conversation About The Mind

Scientific American | Christof Koch | Posted 03.03.2015 | World

In the Dutch countryside, a tall, older man, dressed in a maroon sports coat, his back slightly stooped, stands out because of his height and a pair o...

The Enduring Power of the Humanities

Laura Skandera Trombley | Posted 05.02.2015 | Education
Laura Skandera Trombley

I've been invited to speak about the "Enduring Power of the Humanities," and while I believe in the topic (with a double major in English and humanities I better) the humanities really best speak for themselves. Yet the humanities have increasingly found themselves under attack.

Decoding Xi Jinping's 'Four Comprehensives': The Decision for Discipline (and Law?)

Ryan Mitchell | Posted 05.02.2015 | World
Ryan Mitchell

On February 25, China's state media began the widespread rollout of President Xi Jinping's new ideological directive. With this contribution to the ruling Communist Party's stock of guiding concepts in political philosophy, Xi has passed an important milestone.

The Rise of the Wisdom Worker

Mark HT Ridinger, MD | Posted 04.20.2015 | Business
Mark HT Ridinger, MD

Conventional wisdom has it that the knowledge worker will reign supreme well into the 21st century. The thing is, many aspects of "knowledge work" are being replaced by technology, most notably artificial intelligence.

Titles + Names = Mixed Messages: A Raving, Edu-taining Substi-tutor's Rant

Joanne Dagonese | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
Joanne Dagonese

Because my personal teaching style tends to cross the boundaries that most traditionalists have drawn around themselves, I always risk the chance that I may not be requested to sub for them again.

Is 96 the New 22? Seven Secrets of Vitality From Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch

Dr. Terri Kennedy | Posted 04.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Terri Kennedy

Millions across the globe have been inspired by 96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch -- World War II French Resistance fighter, model, actress, film producer, wine connoisseur, competitive ballroom dancer and yoga master.

When You Know Your 'Good Days' Are Numbered

Karen Zainal | Posted 04.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen Zainal

I believe there are few things more important to how we live our lives than contemplating the temporality, and fragility, of life on this side of eternity. Accepting the vanity of our present pursuits is the beginning of discovering our true purpose, and the true meaning of our lives.

Why Read Heidegger?

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 03.31.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

On the initiative of the Bibliothèque National de France, the review La Règle du Jeu, and two young philosophers, Joseph Cohen and Raphaël Zagury-Orly, a major symposium was held last week on the subject of Heidegger and "the Jews." Over the discussions hung the appearance of Heidegger's famous "Black Notebooks," in which his anti-Semitism shows its face plainly.

Why AI?

Meia Chita-Tegmark | Posted 03.30.2015 | Technology
Meia Chita-Tegmark

I have come to believe that the reason is that AI engages some of our deepest existential hopes and fears and forces us to look at ourselves in novel, unsettling ways. Even though the ways in which we are forced to face our humanity are new, the issues and questions are old.

How Do We Figure Out How Much to Share?

Joel Tauber | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Joel Tauber

There are plenty of reasons to embrace the value of sharing, even if it's difficult to lump all of those reasons together into one philosophical framework.

A New Default Self

Robert Fuller | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

The first computers were free-standing machines. Later, we learned how to hook them up and the result was an enormous increase in computing power. A parallel shift in our notion of selfhood is called for. The current default self, subscribed to by most people most of the time, is a stand-alone model. The new default self, to be posited in this essay, is more like a computer network.

Knowledge vs. Understanding in the World of Gluten

Celia Kaye | Posted 03.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Celia Kaye

The natural reaction to "is that gluten-free?" is generally to look at the ingredients, not to think beyond the box about how it's cooked or where the food is manufactured/grown.

What Tom Stoppard Says About Consciousness in His New Play

Alain Elkann | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Alain Elkann

The "hard problem" as you probably know is actually a phrase referring to the problem of accounting for consciousness. Most things are not conscious. This table we are sitting at isn't conscious. Vegetables aren't conscious. We are conscious, and nobody understands how we do that; physically, scientifically or metaphysically. Nobody really knows; and that's the "hard problem."

Self-Reliance: An Introduction to Ralph Waldo Emerson

Patrick Daniel | Posted 03.27.2015 | Arts
Patrick Daniel

Circumstances do not matter. Don't look to external things to make you happy. Happiness derived from external things do not last. Measure yourself against others not by what you own, but by what you have become.

Hey, Buddy. Shh. Want a Signed Ebook?

Tom Morris | Posted 03.24.2015 | Books
Tom Morris

When I was a kid, a famous circus came to town. My mother arranged for me to meet The Human Cannonball behind the tent, after his show. I couldn't believe my luck. He was truly impressive, almost a god among men to a young, small town boy like me.

Why Cat Listicles Fail To Answer The Soul's Cry

Brain Pickings | Maria Popova | Posted 01.20.2015 | World

Boredom has a long cultural history and an adaptive function in human life — it serves a vital creative purpose and protects us by helping us tolera...

6 Reasons You Can't Win (And 3 Reasons You Can Anyway)

Robert Fuller | Posted 03.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

6 Reasons You Can't Win Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9 percent Of everything you think, And of everything you do, Is for yourself -- And there i...

Does Experiencing a Tragedy Make You More Interesting?

Molly Fosco | Posted 03.16.2015 | Women
Molly Fosco

Is experiencing a tragedy worth the pain if it makes your life more interesting? Is it possible that going through heartache can actually make you a better person in the long run?

We Need Free Speech Because We Are Ignorant

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

We are all ignorant; none of us have all the answers. That fact is not only a strong argument in favor of free speech and against those who would suppress it -- it is a spur toward greater wisdom.

How Our Inventions Reinvent Us

Singularity University | Jason Dorrier | Posted 01.12.2015 | World

In two recent videos, Jason Silva visits the idea of ontological design—that as we design our tools, so our tools design us in return. We devise and...

What Will Ever Be Enough?

Jon Horford | Posted 03.09.2015 | College
Jon Horford

You find yourself making comparisons between your life and the life of someone you assume has it all figured out, and all of your accomplishments are never enough to satisfy you.

This Professor Uses Slave Narratives To Teach Empathy To Future Public Servants

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 01.07.2015 | College

When public policies go into effect, they don't always seem rooted in empathy and compassion. That's one reason an educator at the University of San F...