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Totally Committed/Completely Unattached: Reinventing A Future

Robert Levithan | Posted 04.18.2012 | Home
Robert Levithan

Reinventing a future after widowhood, illness, forced retirement or divorce is both challenging and potentially invigorating. It helps to have techniques and principles to guide.

Why God Allows Suffering Now Easier to Explain Than How to Get a Job on LinkedIn

James Napoli | Posted 03.25.2012 | Comedy
James Napoli

Hans Willmore is the lead scientific investigator at Oslo's Neuroconnectivity Institute, where the studies comparing a subject's ability to explain LinkedIn with his or her ability to break down the complexities of an apparently indifferent universe began.

What's Your Purpose? Much More Than Your Job

Lissa Coffey | Posted 03.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Lissa Coffey

In the west, we think of yoga primarily as a form of exercise. Although physical postures make up one branch of this philosophy, yoga in general is so much more. The Sanskrit word "yoga" means to yoke, or to unite. The purpose of yoga is to experience the connection we have with the divine.

Book Smart Street Art

Posted 01.18.2012 | Arts

When you look at a Shakespeare play you may see many things: a masterpiece, a classic, or a headache, but Tim Rollins and K.O.S. (Kids of Survival), s...

Do You Have The Moral Compass Of A Toddler?

bigthink.com | Posted 01.15.2012 | Fifty

Are we born with a sense of morality? Or is ethical awareness something we arrive at only as we age? Like nature versus nurture, this is a question so...

My Post-Academic Year

Amanda Krauss | Posted 03.07.2012 | Education
Amanda Krauss

If being "post-academic" means doing things not printed on your transcript, we're all post-academics. Applying knowledge to new situations is the point of an education, or at least it used to be.

Hubris and the Tree of Life

Joseph LeDoux | Posted 03.06.2012 | Science
Joseph LeDoux

We are part of a process, not its goal or final state. Just a branch point, a distal twig, on a continuously branching limb of the tree of life. Some may feel this perspective diminishes us. I don't.

PHOTOS: 10 Of The Most Fascinating Thought Experiments

Posted 01.05.2012 | Science

Thought experiments are meant to illustrate a scientific or philosophical point without having to do the dirty work of an actual experiment. You m...

What Heaven Looks Like: Part 4 -- World's Strangest Paintings for the New Year

James Elkins | Posted 02.27.2012 | Arts
James Elkins

I am serializing an unpublished book in this column. It's about an amazing, mysterious manuscript I discovered in Scotland.

Life Lessons Learned From Angry Birds

Lori Culwell | Posted 02.24.2012 | Technology
Lori Culwell

It's the holiday season, and if you're like me, you're playing even more games of Angry Birds than usual. Along the way, I have picked up some sage wisdom from those self-sacrificing birds and their mortal pig enemies.

Debates About Agnosticism Are As Old As The Concept Itself

Christopher Lane | Posted 02.20.2012 | Religion
Christopher Lane

For science as for religion, the unknowable therefore remains a quandary. It serves as a reminder, Spencer says, of what is "utterly inscrutable" to us and likely to remain so.

Why Holiday Shopping at IKEA Equals a Glimpse Into Purgatory

Jason Kitchen | Posted 02.18.2012 | Comedy
Jason Kitchen

What purgatory will look like if I eventually become a resident is quite clear; it will be a perpetual day at IKEA during the holidays.

If I'm Wrong -- I'm Toast!

Irene Tanner | Posted 02.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Irene Tanner

After decades of exploring the human potential movement and studying many methods of its gurus, I now believe that I have garnered enough information, instruction and experience to edit it all down to some simple guidelines that have proven invaluable to me.

How To Win Back The Future

Deepak Chopra | Posted 02.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

I'd like to see if there is a vision that unites all versions of reality, East and West, Muslim, Jewish, and Christian, political and psychological. It's a huge task to unite the world's deepest conflicts, but there is a way to approach the problem.

Spoiler Alert: We Die in the End

James Napoli | Posted 02.05.2012 | Comedy
James Napoli

I know, I know, it's disappointing to be just getting into something you really like and then learn how it comes out. It's as if all the excitement you have put into watching the show of your life has fizzled, and you can barely muster the energy you need to slog through the rest of the episodes.

What Heaven Looks Like: Part 3

James Elkins | Posted 02.05.2012 | Arts
James Elkins

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What Heaven Looks Like: Part 2

James Elkins | Posted 01.28.2012 | Arts
James Elkins

I am serializing an unpublished book in this column. It's about an amazing, mysterious manuscript I discovered in Scotland with nothing in it but 50 watercolor paintings.

What Heaven Looks Like

James Elkins | Posted 01.23.2012 | Arts
James Elkins

2011-11-23-Screenshot20111123at8.42.29AM.pngI discovered an amazing, mysterious manuscript in Scotland. It's a little book with nothing in it but 50 watercolor paintings.

Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing

Barry Schwartz | Posted 01.15.2012 | Books
Barry Schwartz

We Americans are growing increasingly disenchanted with the institutions on which we depend. We can't trust them. They disappoint us. They fail to give us what we need. This is true of schools that are not serving our kids as well as we think they should.

Which Is More Useless: Limbaugh or a Classics Major?

Miranda Frum | Posted 01.02.2012 | Media
Miranda Frum

I see you have let your own educational insecurities shine through in your latest rant in which you "bravely" attempted to decipher the "sad-sack story" of a Classical Studies scholar. If only you had taken a philosophy course about the Sophists, you might have been better at debating your point.

Noimetics: Your New Philosophy

Eric Maisel, Ph.D. | Posted 12.18.2011 | Healthy Living
Eric Maisel, Ph.D.

Noimetics is a complete naturalistic philosophy that takes our understanding of our place in the universe into account.

Timing and Political Leadership

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics
Franz-Stefan Gady

Amid the worsening economic picture, political leaders across the globe are under attack for their lack of leadership and failure to inspire confidence in their constituencies in the face of mounting global problems.

Interview With a Philosopher: Aristotle and Wittgenstein Walk Into a Bar -- Philosophy and Addiction

Tom Morris | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home
Tom Morris

We're in a sense continuing our discussions of philosophy and beverages that bring a buzz. We've covered the bitter and frothy brews, coffee and beer. Now it's time to look at the buzz itself when it goes bad, and too far.

Bachmann Denies Picking Descartes as Running Mate

Mark Steinberg | Posted 11.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

"Rene won't say anything until he can prove it, meaning that he'll pretty much always miss the news cycle. Let me tell you, if I had waited until I had facts to support everything I've said I'd never be where I am today."

WATCH: Artist Creates Dreamy Labyrinth In A Shanghai Mall

Posted 11.22.2011 | Arts

What do you get when you combine post-structuralist theory, Taoist philosophy and a Shanghai mall? 'Beyond Infinity,' a disorienting journey through m...