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Life Lessons From the Ladies Who Make Us Laugh

Rachel Braun Scherl | Posted 10.05.2015 | Women
Rachel Braun Scherl

I found myself looking for modern day philosophers whose style and teachings I could adapt and apply more easily in my own life. And by being the right place at the right time, these great minds appeared -- Amy Schumer and Maya Rudolph.

Within the Cave at Durden and Ray

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 09.18.2015 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

In the context of this show, it is understood that theirs is an invisible, intangible, yet absolutely direct kind of knowledge; an inception and deconstruction of the paradoxical insights each one has gained as they have progressed through figuring it out for themselves.

How Now Brown Dow? Alan Greenspan vs. Dr. Seuss

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business
Randee Mia Berman

When I was in junior high school I excelled in literature and math. You know -- fractions, algebraic equations, and Venn diagrams.  Economics, not so much. Too many theories, too abstract.  It wasn't concrete.

Why Public Schools Don't Teach Critical Thinking -- Part 2

Frank Breslin | Posted 08.20.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

Education is not about being taught more and more reasons about why we alone are right and everyone else is wrong. Rather, it is a process of being given more and more air, a wider perspective that affords us a grander, more Olympian sweep of everything.

Why the "Dreams" of Google's Neural Nets Are the Closest Thing to Reality

George Zarkadakis | Posted 06.22.2015 | Technology
George Zarkadakis

Last week's post on Google's Research Blog has made front-page news with a series of stunning, hallucinatory images produced by artificial neural networks. Were these images our first glimpse into an artificial mind?

The Zeitgeist

Francis Levy | Posted 05.15.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

The Zeitgeist is like a person who walks into a room and feels totally at home. "Zeit" in German is time and "Geist" is spirit. So the words literally means "spirit of the time."

How A Single Lesson From An Extraordinary Teacher Impacted Me 40 Years Later

Cathy Chester | Posted 04.01.2015 | Fifty
Cathy Chester

In my senior year of high school I had an extraordinary AP English teacher who not only ignited a deeper love of reading but also engaged my class in lengthy discussions about authors, painters and philosophers.

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.

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.

New Year's Resolutions: The Sound of You, Here and Now

Steve Wasserman | Posted 02.28.2015 | Arts
Steve Wasserman

Since Babylonian times, we've been paying our respects to Janus, the two-headed, past-perusing, future-swivelling god of doorways and bridges, borders and movement, time and transitions, receptivity, transformation, and change.

Come to the Virtual "Atlantis"!

Susan Sacirbey | Posted 01.25.2015 | World
Susan Sacirbey

Like the the Atlantis of lore, the digital-diplomat is not tethered to any hemisphere but rather links to the superiority of knowledge and empathy over geography and ideology.

Veterans Day: The Mission Must Merit the Sacrifice

William Bradley | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Obama is far too smart a man to remain in denial. And far too smart not to know, for this Veterans Day, the consequences of his decisions with regard to U.S. military and covert interventions around the world.

Does the Better Team Win in Baseball's Postseason?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Over the course of the 162 game baseball season of 2014, four teams won 94 or more games. Today as four teams remain in baseball's postseason tournament, only one of those teams is still playing.

The Symposiums in Ancient Greece

Alexandra Symeonidou | Posted 12.01.2014 | Books
Alexandra Symeonidou

One of the fundamental expressions of social life of the ancient Greeks was the symposium that intended to strengthen the most refine feelings and ideals among the people as it is the friendship and partnership.

The End of the '60s? Where Do I Begin...

Michael Sigman | Posted 12.01.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

It was winter, 1971, my last semester as a philosophy major at Bucknell University. Studying Plato, Kant, Sartre and company had been invaluable for its own sake; that it had taught me to think critically and act decisively was a bonus.

'The Lost Key': A Talk With Catherine Coulter

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.30.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Catherine Coulter has written 73 novels in various genres and has topped the New York Times bestseller list 67 times. Her new series, "A Brit in the FBI," features Nicholas Drummond, a British citizen who works with the FBI.

Impossible Ideals

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 11.15.2014 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

Ideals are tools, and tools can be misused. The unscrupulous use them to bilk people. "Buy my diet drug, and you'll look like Barbie." "Buy my book and master mindfulness in 6 weeks."

The Perpetual Black Liars

Nicolas B. Aziz | Posted 10.28.2014 | Black Voices
Nicolas B. Aziz

Black people have been dehumanized and disregarded in America since its inception; and it is thus time for us to truly realize that this country is not "one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Plato Was an Incompetent Mook

Stephen Whittaker | Posted 10.05.2014 | College
Stephen Whittaker

The current press for either the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) or the Competency-Based Online Course (CBOC) makes clear that the old-style liberal arts colloquium has failed. But here's the thing: the false dilemma is nothing new.

Augmented Reality

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 10.05.2014 | Technology
Carol Muske-Dukes

Antibiotics treat short-term infections, they do not represent steady big pay-out profits. So, despite the fact that there's a growing roster of deadly bacterial diseases threatening the population, solidly resistant to the "old" antibiotics -- big pharmaceutical companies are not exactly rushing to our defense.

12 Secret Reasons Why People Like Your Posts on Social Media

Brian Hanley | Posted 09.22.2014 | Technology
Brian Hanley

After all, the two of you haven't spoken in months. Why emerge from the woodwork now? Did she really like Game of Thrones, or was it rather your attention that she sought, and succeeded, to garner?

The Celestial Self: Remembering Who You Are

Georgia Metaxa | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Georgia Metaxa

In the Orphic Hymns, we read these lines: "I am a child of earth and starry heaven But my race is of heaven alone." When we come into existence we...

Music Is but a Conversation Between Likened Hearts

Rutendo Nyamuda | Posted 09.15.2014 | Arts
Rutendo Nyamuda

From years of classical training in flute and playing in school bands and orchestras, my mind understands the technical aspects of the piece. Crescendo; diminuendo. Solo; tutti. Adagio; allegro. It deciphers which instruments are playing at any given time and anticipates what's to come.

Evangelism as Therapy

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 09.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Encountering the Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg in the D.C. Council Chambers on June 27 took me back five years to our battles over the District's marriage equality bill. This time it was a hearing on a bill to prohibit conversion therapy for minors.

The Long Journey to the Inner Self

Georgia Metaxa | Posted 08.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Georgia Metaxa

In one of the most beautiful myths of ancient times, Plato describes the journey of the soul from the spiritual to the material plane. As the soul des...