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Insult, Offense and Rage: What Muslims and Americans Need to Know

Tom Morris | Posted 11.25.2012 | World
Tom Morris

A video should not result in violence. A cartoon should not result in killing. A novelist should not have to hide for years of his life because of a work of fiction. No one needs to be this sort of guardian for true greatness.

Need a Philosophy of Life? This Could Be Your Lucky Day

Mark C. Miller | Posted 11.24.2012 | Comedy
Mark C. Miller

The other day, someone asked me if I had a philosophy of life. I pondered this very seriously for several moments before answering, "Hey, buddy, just ring up my groceries -- I don't want to miss the beginning of Dancing With the Stars."

Thinking About Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Don Meyer, Ph.D. | Posted 11.18.2012 | College
Don Meyer, Ph.D.

Historians are still trying to measure the seismic influence of Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

FACE IT: The Best Part of Aging Might Be...

Michele Willens | Posted 11.12.2012 | Fifty
Michele Willens

The goal is to look around and see not a large canvas to race through, but a smaller series of snapshots, each worthy of stopping long enough to appreciate.

You're Making Bad Educational Choices

Pamela J. Stubbart | Posted 11.12.2012 | Education
Pamela J. Stubbart

The purpose of education is subjective, and depends on each person's needs, characteristics, and interests.

Act Like a Baby: Life Lessons from a 1-Year-Old

Eleni Gage | Posted 11.06.2012 | Parents
Eleni Gage

When I think of what my 1-year-old has achieved in the past year -- learned to walk, eat solid food and interact with others -- I'm in awe. I've been trying to figure out what her secret is and the secret of all other babies who are growing at such a rapid, awe-inspiring pace.

The Value of Philosophy in Entrepreneurship

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 11.05.2012 | College
Christine Nasserghodsi

While having a background in philosophy may not be enough to start and manage a successful business, philosophy grads do bring a unique set of skills to new businesses.

Citizen's Book Club: Would Adam Smith Vote Obama?

Lex Paulson | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Lex Paulson

Because nearly all of the economic debate between progressives and conservatives in 2012 -- reenacted ad nauseam in Congress, around water coolers, and on cable TV -- boils down to this question: Is the free market, left to itself, the greatest guarantor of human happiness?

Moral Clarity: The Real-World Legitimacy Of Idealism

KidSpirit | Posted 10.28.2012 | Religion

Dr. Neiman's "Moral Clarity" has helped me appreciate the spiderweb of ideas that connect the past, present and future. Personally, her beliefs ring true; the extent to which people downgrade the importance of idealism grows more apparent every day.

Life, Death And Entropy

Matthew Zaro Fisher | Posted 10.23.2012 | Religion
Matthew Zaro Fisher

What is the purpose of existence? In the face of existence we ask God, ask ourselves: Why is the path from life to death adorned by both the joys of creation and the sorrows of corruption?

'The Best Way To Appreciate Life Is To Get Away From It' (VIDEO)

Posted 08.15.2012 | Teen

Taking their cues from Henry David Thoreau's trascendentalist classic book Walden, a group of North Carolina teenagers has made a ritual of escaping i...

The Watchmaker Analogy: A Self-Refuting Argument

David A. Schwartz | Posted 10.10.2012 | Science
David A. Schwartz

If we say that life is designed, with what are we making the comparison? All that is non-life? Suppose we say that the entire universe is designed. Well, we don't have another universe to compare ours to.

The Haunters of the Machine

Ben Thomas | Posted 10.03.2012 | Science
Ben Thomas

In study after study, researchers have discovered clear signs of active consciousness in dozens of vegetative patients. A 2009 study found that 40 percent of patients diagnosed as vegetative are at least somewhat conscious.

Global Spirit: The Journey Toward Oneness

Stephen Olsson | Posted 09.29.2012 | Religion
Stephen Olsson

To shed light on this concept of Oneness from both the scientific and mystical perspectives, we thought it could be most insightful to bring a spiritual mystic together with a quantum physicist, to see just how their understandings of the universe may be related.

Bridging The Atlantic Divide Between Muslims

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 09.25.2012 | Religion
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

By learning from each other, American and European Muslims have the ability to realize their own potential and develop a synergy that can give rise to new sociopolitical ideas and intellectual movements.

An Ecology Of Love

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks | Posted 09.20.2012 | Religion
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

Compared to Stoicism, this is a high-risk strategy. It makes you vulnerable to betrayal, misunderstanding, ridicule and abuse. But civilizations that live by taking the risk of love never grow old, while those that play it safe always do.

Education Has No Purpose

Pamela J. Stubbart | Posted 09.17.2012 | Education
Pamela J. Stubbart

Even if we carefully keep in mind the wide range of formal and informal activities that comprise "education," the question regarding its purpose still misleads. The Question implicitly assumes that education does, in fact, have a purpose.

A Buddhist Philosophy Of Evolution

David Loy | Posted 09.16.2012 | Religion
David Loy

If religions are to remain relevant today, they need to stop denying evolution and instead refocus their message on its meaning.

The Citizen's Book Club: A New Idea for 2012

Lex Paulson | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Lex Paulson

The goal: present to you, between now and Election Day, single-sitting passages from the classic texts of American democracy. Substantial enough to spark ideas and prod debate; short enough to read on a coffee break.

Rock, Paper, Scissors: A Dialogue -- The Season Finale

James Napoli | Posted 08.20.2012 | Healthy Living
James Napoli

So, you think you're enlightened? So did our three intrepid inanimate objects at the end of our previous episode. But if you don't stay conscious, enl...

The Realities of Race in the United States

Daniel Little | Posted 08.18.2012 | College
Daniel Little

In order to make more progress on addressing these continuing social realities of race we need to have a better set of theories about how they work.

Philosophy Meets Occupy

Daniel Little | Posted 08.11.2012 | College
Daniel Little

The fundamental idea of justice as fairness is that we can identify a set of principles that rational persons would accept as a fundamental contract -- if they lacked specific knowledge about what their position in society would eventually be.

Rock, Paper, Scissors: A Dialogue -- Part Nine

James Napoli | Posted 08.05.2012 | Healthy Living
James Napoli

You are not alone in your quest for enlightenment. The three most neurotic inanimate objects in the universe are on the same quest. And in the latest...

Saving Social Science

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.21.2012 | Education
Paul Stoller

STEM is important in the future of higher education, but so are the social sciences and humanities which teach students how to think critically and to how assess the social and cultural ramifications of rapid technological change.

The Future Belongs to the Flip-Floppers

Tom Huston | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Tom Huston

The flip-flop is a moral impugnment, almost always issued by those whose code of ethics was first set in stone on Mt. Sinai and remains just as static today. The only problem is, human beings are not static or etched in stone.