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Who and What We Trust Might Kill Us

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 02.24.2015 | World
Ashley Wren Collins

Trust. It's a hefty word, stamped on American currency ("In God We Trust"), integrated into marriage vows, and considered a vital component for both professional and personal relationships. Yet too often trust is on autopilot, given freely unless proven otherwise.

Voltaire's 250-Year-Old Book On Tolerance Climbs French Best-Seller Lists

AP | Posted 01.28.2015 | World

PARIS (AP) — A 250-year-old book by the Enlightenment anti-establishment writer Voltaire is climbing best-seller lists in France weeks after attacks...

Pulling Our Punches in Paris and Beyond

John K. Herr | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
John K. Herr

The proper response to the Charlie Hebdo murders is not to jail "blasphemers" of any persuasion, whether they hold a pen or a microphone.

Oscar-Worthy Performances by World Leaders (Paris Edition)

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Chaker Khazaal

It should not escape notice that a handful of the world leaders who were at the march advocating freedom of speech do not uphold this right in their own countries, much less promote it. It made me think of an Oscar-worthy performance, ending when the credits rolled and everyone went home.

The Trouble With Charlie...

William Bradley | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

While I support the right of the journalists involved to express their evident contempt for the religion of Islam, I also support my right to express my disdain for the acts that precipitated their murders.

Quick, Call Voltaire

Carlos Alberto Montaner | Posted 03.15.2015 | Religion
Carlos Alberto Montaner

The worst fanaticism is religious fanaticism. It is based on absolute certainty. When someone is sure that he has God on his side, his hand doesn't waver. That's what we've just witnessed in Paris.

Charlie Hebdo, Voltaire, and Us

Lex Paulson | Posted 03.15.2015 | Politics
Lex Paulson

Paris has a way of drawing one's gaze to the past. As we marched southeast yesterday from Place de la République, crowds singing and banners flying, we asserted proud and ancient sentiments against a tragedy that had blown us all back.

André Glucksmann in His Voltairean Garden

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

In his new book, Voltaire contre-attaque (Laffont), a marvel of rebellious youth and jubilant wisdom, we find a philosophical rehabilitation of the author of Candide.

My Three Favorite Rare Book Stores in Europe

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.25.2014 | Books
Steve Mariotti

I traveled to Europe a few weeks ago and, for the first time, I didn't attend a conference on youth education, or meet with leading business people on how we can innovate startups worldwide. Instead I explored the opportunities provided by a few select bookstores.

100th Anniversary of WWI - DOX Front Line Exhibition (PHOTOS)

Olena Kagui | Posted 10.21.2014 | Arts
Olena Kagui

"In 1914 the Great War began... and has lasted ever since." This quote can be found at the DOX Center for Contemporary Art in Prague the capital of the 'heart of Europe.'

The Brooklyn Candide -- a Weird and Wonderful Triumph of Imagination Over Funding

Myra Chanin | Posted 04.26.2014 | New York
Myra Chanin

One might well ask, why was a non-believer like me leaping onto four different subway trains to get to St. Charles Borromeo's Church in Brooklyn Heigh...

Two Principles to Guide American Foreign Policy

Ali Wyne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ali Wyne

Voltaire's 1764 book Dictionnaire Philosophique quotes an Italian proverb, "Le meglio è l'inimico del bene," which translates to "The best is the enemy of the good." Two variants of this maxim can contribute to the conduct of American foreign policy.

Interview: Aurelio Voltaire -- 'A Jedi in Sith Clothing' (Who Sings!)

Dori Hartley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Dori Hartley

"People ask me all of the time if I have a hobby. I thought I didn't, but I was wrong. I do have one and it's bathing. That's my hobby. ... And since I'm a professional daydreamer, this is practically like being on the job."

You Are What You Eat

David Sable | Posted 10.19.2013 | Media
David Sable

Frankly, I am more curious about Google; that is, Google as a proxy for ease of access to information. Does that access -- by default -- make us smarter?

Movie Review: Man of Steel

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.14.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Zack Snyder widens his view as a director with Man of Steel, taking a proclivity for creating startling images in the service of storytelling and using it to enlarge and expand the action.

Making "Perfect the Enemy of the Good" Kills Children

Hemanshu Nigam | Posted 02.19.2013 | Crime
Hemanshu Nigam

The right of a child to live and grow up to be an adult is a birthright. The right to bear arms is a right ordained to us on a piece of parchment.

13 Pen Names You May Have Thought Were Real

Posted 12.04.2012 | Books

It's no secret Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, and George Eliot was actually a woman named Mary Anne Evans. But you may not realize that...

Don't Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Good (Or, Lessons From an Imperfect Garden)

Anne Phillips | Posted 12.02.2012 | Green
Anne Phillips

I used to spend a lot of time in my garden to achieve a more manicured look. At that point in my life it was about impressing folks. It was more about how people saw me. Now that I am older I worry less.

Salman Rushdie and the Right to Offend

Carlo Strenger | Posted 11.26.2012 | World
Carlo Strenger

Salman Rushdie's memoir Joseph Anton rebels against the reduction of The Satanic Verses to an insult to Islam. I agree. But modern liberal democracies, freedom of thought and expression are impossible without the right to offend.

Meatless Monday: One Study Won't Shake Faith In Organics

Ellen Kanner | Posted 11.24.2012 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Call them organic study deniers. Call them, to use Cool's term, "rebellious naturals." The Stanford study doesn't affect their -- or my -- commitment to organics any more than the Medical Journal of Australia's new study advocating a meatless diet will shake the convictions of a passionate Paleo.

Superman vs. Lex Luthor: Riding the Line of Ethics and Success in Business

Shane Paul Neil | Posted 09.16.2012 | Business
Shane Paul Neil

As it turns out, Superman's willingness to take a good old-fashioned butt whooping is as strong an asset as anything else he has in his arsenal. Superman's ethos and Lex's ruthlessness is the business equivalent of long-term sustainability and the short-term money grab.

Jane Austen Takes No Prisoners

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.19.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Austen excelled at wielding the skewer. Lady Catherine de Bourgh is an obvious example in Pride and Prejudice. But the book holds worse.

Do Religious People Really Believe in God?

Andrew Pessin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Andrew Pessin

Actions do speak louder than words: they reflect what we really believe. And most religious believers regularly engage in actions inconsistent with genuine religious belief. So they must not really believe after all.

Does Free Speech Mean Free to Offend?

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Terry Kelhawk

Obviously life is full of offense. We can't legislate good taste or make everything that offends everyone illegal. Freedom of speech entails the freedom to offend. But that doesn't mean we have to offend.

Political Dialogue; Too Important to be Hijacked

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

In order for any group to come up with ideas that are smarter than its members, it must have a wide range of diverse viewpoints.