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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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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...

Talking About Character in an Age of Respectability Politics

Myisha Cherry | Posted 08.22.2014 | Black Voices
Myisha Cherry

The idea behind the respectability politics of our day is that in order to not be oppressed, discriminated against, victimized or treated harshly by others, it is the responsibility of the oppressed group to "act good."

What About Hell? Fiction and Fact

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

Christians who still want to preach Hell, should at least know what they're talking about.

The Tidal Wave of Gay Portrayals of the Trans Experience

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

So we have one more example of gay men performing drag for major audiences and misconstruing for the masses what it means to be transgender.

My Million Dollar Mystical Experience

Tom Morris | Posted 08.05.2014 | Business
Tom Morris

Business is art. And anyone who is still chained down in the cave and doesn't see that has failed to grasp what could be one of the most beautiful forms of strangeness of all.

Google Gets a Philosopher to Decide Who Gets "Forgotten"

Stephen Balkam | Posted 07.30.2014 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

Google has announced that they are now accepting requests from Europeans to take down links to unflattering or potentially damaging reports or content. What lies ahead is an ethical and legal morass of issues and contentious debate.

Hell Is a Myth -- Actually, a Bunch of Myths

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

So why do we continue to have such a fascination with the hell of Dante's imagination? The sad truth is that Dante's hellish vision has been useful in promoting colonizing, crusades and "conversions" for the last 700 years

Advice For Those Who Want To Change The World

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 05.05.2014 | World

The world needs changing in all sorts of urgent ways: the great question is how to do it. The most popular and appealing answer has long been that one...

Why I Teach Plato To Plumbers

The Atlantic | Scott Samuelson | Posted 05.02.2014 | World

Once, when I told a guy on a plane that I taught philosophy at a community college, he responded, “So you teach Plato to plumbers?” Yes, indeed. B...

Zelda Explains It All

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 04.28.2014 | Comedy

The makers of "Thug Notes" have decided to make learning even more fun in their new series. In "8-Bit Philosophy" we see our favorite classic vide...

First Nighter: Athol Fugard's Shadow..., Richard Maxwell's Isolde

David Finkle | Posted 06.12.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Although Athol Fugard turns 82 in June and his protagonist in The Shadow of the Hummingbird is already 84, the two-year difference in ages doesn't keep the deeply charming and charmingly deep 60-minute exercise from instantly registering as autobiographical.

Ride the Thunder: The Art of Transforming Your Life

Georgia Metaxa | Posted 06.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Georgia Metaxa

What helped me through the hurricane was an inner voice coming from a place unknown to me, like the "daemon" of Socrates. For the question, "How can he get over his illness and get well again?" the answer was: "He needs to remember his true self."

In New York's Fight Over Charter Schools, a Tale of Two Cities (and Two Selves)

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.14.2014 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Indeed, the center of the fight in NYC seems to be about what will happen when the considerable wealth and influence of a capitalist economy begins to remake the institution that was founded to be the ultimate safeguard of our democratic society.

Why We Should Still Read Plato Today (NEW BOOK)

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein | Posted 05.04.2014 | Books
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

I wanted to use Plato to argue that philosophy makes progress. I wanted to use Plato both to show his relevance but also to show how far we've come since him, not only scientifically but also philosophically.

Joan Moran: 7 Danger Signs That Your Platonic Relationship Is About to End

Red Room | Posted 05.01.2014 | Women
Red Room

What made these men think that there was a natural progression from platonic friendship to future romantic coupling? What happened to the mutual commitment to the values and benefits of a successful platonic relationship?

To See By Common Light

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As a scientist, always striving to see outside the tunnel, to apply the proper blend of skepticism and open-mindedness, that I write today to recommend a work of fiction as a source of surprising light.

In Defense of Reading -- Again

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 04.06.2014 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

Reading has always presented challenges, and those of us who love it have always both feared and worked for its survival. Perhaps it is that very fear that keeps us working, and in turn keeps reading -- and writing, for that matter -- so dynamic, satisfying, and vital.

The Power of Doubt

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 04.06.2014 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

Why did he think that doubt is generative? Many people seem to believe the opposite, namely, that doubt is destructive -- or at least paralyzing. Others fear doubt, because it threatens their otherwise comfortable sense of certainty.

Actualizing the American Dream: What If Wise People Ran the Country?

John Amodeo, PhD | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
John Amodeo, PhD

What freedoms? Well... your freedom to remain poor -- and get sick and not afford health care. Your freedom to remain in the rat race of pursuing the American dream with a questionable chance of actualizing it.

Joyless Justice: The Unhappy Legacy of Pakistan's Newly 'Independent' Judiciary

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari | Posted 02.10.2014 | World
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

I am hopeful with the retirement of the infamous Chief Justice, Pakistan will not only have an independent judiciary but an unbiased one as well. Unlike Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, the remaining Justices are the true heroes of the Lawyers' Movement.