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Philosophy

The Seahawk Bounce of Super Bowl Success

Tom Morris | Posted 04.08.2014 | Sports
Tom Morris

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and his many players who were formerly unappreciated by the experts in the sport display in their attitude and actions what I consider to be the greatest wisdom that leads to success in any field.

Ken Ham Is a Quack Not a Theologian

Sean McElwee | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
Sean McElwee

The goal is not to defend the absurd idea of young-earth creationism, but rather biblical literalism, the ideology from which fundamentalists draw their strength.

The Essence of Cool

Anuraag Girdhar | Posted 04.05.2014 | College
Anuraag Girdhar

Disclaimer: This article is for humorous purposes only. That being said, any resemblance to the opinions or ideologies of real persons, living or dead...

Overcoming Tribalism

Michael Jinkins | Posted 03.31.2014 | Books
Michael Jinkins

The concept, indeed, of friendship, in the sense of "people we like" and with whom we "share interests," is foreign.

That Obscure (Surrealist) Object of Desire

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 03.31.2014 | Arts
Bernard-Henri Lévy

From a reading of this fascinating book, which provides an indispensable counterpoint to two exhibitions on the same theme at the Pompidou Center in Paris and the Lyon Museum of Fine Arts, one leaves with the renewed certainty that the surrealist revolution was one of mind rather than of art.

How to Tell a Facebook Flatterer From a Facebook Friend

Stephen West | Posted 03.29.2014 | Comedy
Stephen West

Sometimes we need someone to look at us and say, "No, you're not going out in public wearing that leather fanny pack. I don't care if you're trying to be ironic."

Inner Balance

Tom Morris | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

Throughout your life, everything outer arises from something inner. Then, there comes to be a dynamic interplay between the outer and the inner, each informing and shaping the other. But the inner always, and in some form, comes first. And, from this truth, something surprising follows.

Total Recall of Parenthood: Happy Memories?

Vic Strecher and Winston the Dung Beetle | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Vic Strecher and Winston the Dung Beetle

Winston: Vic, we have a special guest for our post today! Dr. David John Baker is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan. V...

A Philosopher at Davos

David Rodin | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
David Rodin

It is safe to say that I am a bit of an oddity here. Not that I dress in a beard and sandals. But my intellectual orientation is very different.

Why Philosophy Has Been Central to Legal Education for More Than a Century

Brian Leiter | Posted 03.22.2014 | College
Brian Leiter

We have all heard someone criticize a Supreme Court decision as "politically motivated, rather than following the law." But that already presupposes we know where the boundaries of law and politics are located, precisely what jurisprudential inquiry tries to illuminate!

New Marriages May Sharply Decline in Coming Transhumanist Era

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 03.18.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

While many in the world may not realize this, civilization is on verge of the greatest change it has ever known. Entire social systems and institutions may soon become obsolete, nonfunctional, and even unsafe. New marriages will not likely outlive this century.

The Minimum Wage Is a Moral Issue

Sean McElwee | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

We should raise the minimum wage because we aren't a society where a full-time worker can't feed her family. Even if raising the minimum wage caused unemployment (it doesn't) it would still be the right thing to do.

A One Year BA? Perhaps

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.17.2014 | College
Jonathan Haber

Note: A version of the following piece appeared at my Degree of Freedom website upon the completion of my One Year BA project. Before explaining why ...

Winning the Lottery Is the Worst Thing That Can Ever Happen to You

Stephen West | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Stephen West

A wise man once told me that if he could wish one thing upon his worst enemy, it would be that he was forced to receive whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted it.

Everything is Transient (So Hold On Tightly)

Claudia Bicen | Posted 03.12.2014 | Arts
Claudia Bicen

I created a series of chalk pastel portraits in the forest as a means to study human attachment and its effects on our wellbeing. Inspired by Japanese philosophy, the portraits were to be left to decay in the forest and provide viewers with a mile-long walking meditation on the transience all things. After I left, the property's owners covered all the work in plastic and even gave one piece away to the portrait's subject. I found myself indignant, feeling that my desire for impermanence had been ignored. And there it was, that feeling that the project had aimed to suppress: attachment.

Can Things Be Too Good?

Saeid Fard | Posted 03.12.2014 | Technology
Saeid Fard

Some people might think I am conflating too many problems into one. Maybe I am, but whatever the web of systemic influences might be, I think we will see in coming times more examples of cultural backlashes against "too goods."

The Difference of Life in Spike Jonze's 'Her'

Marcie Bianco | Posted 03.11.2014 | Technology
Marcie Bianco

Jonze's cinematic discourse is on love, and Her is an exploration of how love can survive when the individuals who are in love not only inhabit different material spaces but different temporalities.

One Stitch At a Time: Anne Lamott's Homespun Theology

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
Judy Bolton-Fasman

Like this startling world of ours, children don't always grow up the way you expect them to. Love and beauty have infinite forms.

Revelations and Resolutions: A Different Challenge for the New Year

Randi Gunther | Posted 03.01.2014 | Fifty
Randi Gunther

These resolutions are gentle and easy ways to challenge the heart and seduce the demons into oblivion. They aren't hard to do, or difficult to remember. If you can hold them dear and make them part of your lives, the other not-so-successful ones may follow.

Time to Abolish Time

Paul Ratner | Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Ratner

There may be a simple solution to most of our problems. It's time to abolish time! Your first instinct is probably to scoff at such an idea. What no...

Being Kind is Underrated

Michael Shammas | Posted 02.25.2014 | Good News
Michael Shammas

The other day I was speaking with a friend who was depressed because of a perceived lack of virtues. According to her, she was less intelligent, less ...

AI Day Will Replace Christmas as the Most Important Holiday in Less Than 25 Years

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 02.23.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Some religious people, anti-transhumanists, and neo-Luddites complain that an advanced AI will destroy human civilization. Most scientists and technologists find those worries laughable. Most of them think that AI will usher in a new age of scientific discovery, medical advancement, and technological sophistication only imagined before in science fiction.

What Is The History Of The Devil?

Ronni Thomas | Posted 02.19.2014 | Weird News
Ronni Thomas

2013-12-20-ScreenShot20131220at3.29.29PM.pngWhy not take a few minutes between window shopping and sucking down Christmas cheer to celebrate the most fascinating, most allusive, most charming historical figure?

You are NOT a Software Engineer!

http://www.chrisaitchison.com/ | Posted 12.17.2013 | Huffpost Code

You are not a Software Engineer. You do not build skyscrapers. You do not build bridges. You grow gardens. You are a Software Gardener....

Can You Think Your Way to Happiness?

Shadi Bartsch | Posted 02.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Shadi Bartsch

Were these philosophers crazy? They may have claimed you can think your way to happiness, but we can see why their philosophy never really became popular, and why we don't practice Stoicism today. For one, it's very selfish.