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EDMUND BURKE'S EARTH DAY SPEECH: How environmentalists became Burkeans and Burkeans became environmentalists

Byron Kennard | Posted 04.25.2016 | Green
Byron Kennard

Here's my favorite quote from Edmund Burke's Earth Day speech, "Never, no, never did Nature say one thing and Wisdom another." Isn't that terrific? A...

Transhumanism and Our Outdated Biology

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

Biohackers and reporters gather to watch Zoltan Istvan undergo a chip implant -- Photo by Roen Horn This essay below is adapted from the philosophi...

Read This If You 'Don't Know What You're Doing With Your Life'

Brianna Wiest | Posted 04.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Brianna Wiest

If you ask any young adult what their primary stressor in life is, it's likely something that relates to uncertainty. If you were to boil it down to a sentence, it would be something along the lines of: "I don't know what I'm doing with my life."

What an American Professor Has Taught Me About Chinese Philosophers

Frank H. Wu | Posted 04.19.2016 | Education
Frank H. Wu

I wonder if I am more Asian, specifically Chinese, than I realize. I was reading the new book about applying Chinese philosophy to your own life, and it was more touching than I had expected. As a Chinese American whose parents emigrated from Taiwan more than fifty years ago, I grew up in Detroit.

Science and Religion

Mariano Lozano | Posted 04.15.2016 | Religion
Mariano Lozano

Regardless if science can provide a more technical, profound and sophisticated understanding of the natural and physical worlds, it cannot judge, evaluate moral or ethical claims because these fall outside the realm of scientific research.

Greek Athena

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
Evaggelos Vallianatos

In the years 1987 and 1991, Martin Bernal, professor of government at Cornell University, published two hefty volumes of "Black Athena." The purpose o...

4 Reasons to Cultivate Patience

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 04.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

Religions and philosophers have long praised the virtue of patience; now researchers are starting to do so as well.

The Infinity Inside

Petros Koublis | Posted 04.13.2016 | Arts
Petros Koublis

Everything is a flow, a constant one, coherent, continuous, perfect. A stream that never remains the same, yet so complete that it never changes.

A Trans Memory

Mandi Camille Hauwert | Posted 04.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Mandi Camille Hauwert

There is a growing movement in the trans community to find our own language. One which services us. It is lead, in part, by the youngest members of our movement. Those seeking to find our own place in society, our own trans narrative

Dan Lyons, "Disrupted," and Start Up Culture

Tom Morris | Posted 04.10.2016 | Business
Tom Morris

The first half of the book had me laughing out loud, again and again. The second half had me worrying about current dangers to rational business culture, and our overall economy.

Free by Dissonance

Adaam James Levin - Areddy | Posted 04.08.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Adaam James Levin - Areddy

Freedom is perhaps the most elusive idea in modernist lore, but one to which we all subscribe. We can probably all agree that freedom is good and the opposite is bad. Agreeing on what freedom actually is or what's so great about it, however, is a whole other matter.

On Religion

Dana Agmon | Posted 04.07.2016 | Religion
Dana Agmon

I don't believe in religion. It is not out of disrespect, it is just something I sincerely am unable to comprehend; the fault is mine. I don't belie...

A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Authority -- Part 4: The Limits of Reason

Frank Breslin | Posted 04.06.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Dear Reader, prepare yourself for mental legerdemain. As you recall, Part 1 of our story tells of Everyman, conditioned from birth to believe the aut...

A Brief History Of Religion

Claire Fordham | Posted 04.06.2016 | Books
Claire Fordham

Few, if any, children over twelve believe in the existence of Father Christmas and the Tooth Fairy. I am one of the growing numbers of people who believe that eventually it will be accepted that there's no such supernatural being as god either.

Design Philosophy Driving Breakthrough Innovation

Soren Petersen | Posted 04.06.2016 | Business
Soren Petersen

There are processes, methods and tools that make our ability to create predictable, reliable and repeatable. However, when breakthrough innovation is ...

This Is What A Philosophically Engaged Debate On Immigration Looks Like

Michael Sandel | Posted 04.03.2016 | Politics
Michael Sandel

What might a richer, more philosophically engaged immigration debate look like? With the help of the BBC and a group of participants from over 30 countries, I recently tried to answer this question.

Voices in Your Head: Today's Buddha Doodle

Molly Hahn | Posted 04.01.2016 | Good News
Molly Hahn


The Elusive Shape of Time

Petros Koublis | Posted 03.29.2016 | Arts
Petros Koublis

"What is time?" Augustine, once wondered. "If no one asks me", he said, "I know what it is". Then, with a disarming honesty he concluded, "if I wish...

Philosophy and History of Science Should Be Required Learning in High School Curricula

Joseph T. Spadafino | Posted 03.25.2016 | Education
Joseph T. Spadafino

While channel surfing between cable news programs or perusing news articles on the internet, you are likely to come across stories about the latest pu...

Cocktail Philosophy: Interview With Matthew Piacentini of New York City's The Up & Up

Skye Cleary | Posted 03.24.2016 | New York
Skye Cleary

Matthew Piacentini has just returned from the Reykjavic Bar Summit, a global cocktail bar competition. He is the owner of The Up & Up, a cocktail lounge in New York City's Greenwich Village. I interviewed Matthew about his cocktail philosophy.

A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Authority Part 3: Leaving Plato's Cave, a Student Guide

Frank Breslin | Posted 03.23.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Fixed in one brief moment of time and place on an insignificant planet in a minor galaxy, we unaccountably believe that we are the navel of the universe, the measure of all things, the epitome of creation, and the Alpha and Omega of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.

Adorable Child With Very Serious Health Condition Gives Lessons in Living

Patrick Beretta | Posted 03.22.2016 | Religion
Patrick Beretta

She has been forced into a terrifying battle, and by all meaningful measures, she is clearly winning it. How precious and fragile is the gift of life!

Be Yourself. The 2 Things College Students Should Know about Personality on the Job

Garrett Mintz | Posted 03.21.2016 | College
Garrett Mintz

Lee's sentiment about being yourself is something everyone should keep in mind. Straining yourself to be somebody you are not creates immense amounts of unneeded stress. This is especially true for college students pursuing their careers.

The Big Question in Art

Soren Petersen | Posted 03.21.2016 | Arts
Soren Petersen

Castle Slum, by Robert Williams A society will never advance beyond the quality of the questions it asks itself. So who asks the big questions in our...

The Problem of AI Consciousness

Susan Schneider | Posted 03.18.2016 | Science
Susan Schneider

Whether sophisticated AI turns out to be friend or foe, we must come to grips with the possibility that as we move further into the 21st century, the greatest intelligence on the planet may be silicon-based.