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Are We Heading for a Jesus Singularity?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 05.21.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

If AGI will be here in 20 years or so, and most of those people currently in charge of the U.S. government subscribe to Christianity and believe in Jesus, what are atheist transhumanists to do?

Dear America: "Will You Marry the Future?"

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 05.20.2014 | Green
Alison Winfield Burns

Who would go on a blind date, flub it like crazy -- and expect a second chance? The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In an...

The Best Barbecue Chains in America

The Daily Meal | Posted 05.18.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

You can screw around with burgers or pizza, but you can't screw around with barbecue.

The Sochi Olympics Emboldened Putin's Abuses in Ukraine and Russia

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Mugambi Jouet

Organizing the Olympics is not only the precise opposite of international isolation, it probably emboldened Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine. Why did Russia get the Olympics in the first place given its appalling human rights record?

Jews and Gun Violence: An Update

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Jews around the United States have had reignited (for lack of a better phrase) the prophetic aspect of their communal leadership. Rabbis are standing, walking, preaching, and lobbying with interfaith coalitions and political alliances to save live from the scourge of gun violence.

Six Ways America Is Like a Third World Country

Sean McElwee | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Although the U.S. is one of the richest societies in history, it still lags behind other developed nations in many important indicators of human development -- key factors like how we educate our children, how we treat our prisoners, how we take care of the sick and more.

Putin' on the Ritz: Why Western Business Undermines Sanctions to Put Profits Ahead of Patriotism

Terry Connelly | Posted 05.11.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

It turns out our own devotion to liberty and international law only goes so far when somebody's profits and dividends and executive compensation are put at risk. Talk is cheap, but patriotism is expensive, as it turns out.

Black Boys Have Feelings, Too

Christopher Norris | Posted 05.10.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

Boys will be boys, unless they're black -- then they're adults, suggests new research. Black boys aren't so different; they want what every other ad...

Infinite Reflections: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.10.2014 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

Boy, Snow, Bird is her exploration of the Snow White fairy tale, interlaced with an assortment of other myths, and culminating as a commentary on the tragic history of race in America.

Leo vs. Matthew -- Two Guys Defining What it Means to Be an American Man

Antonia Cereijido | Posted 05.10.2014 | Entertainment
Antonia Cereijido

It takes a lot of courage to make a statement about current society, especially when the criticism could be equated to biting the hand that feeds you.

Grading the New SAT: A Timely Course Correction

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 05.07.2014 | Education
Preetam Kaushik

The urge to act on the SAT though has come after being outscored in popularity by a rival test, the ACT.

If You Change These Things Today We Could Fix America Tomorrow

Isaac Saul | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Isaac Saul

Empathy is having the capacity to share and understand the feelings of another person. Could you imagine how different our world would be if the left would empathize with the right, or vice versa?

The Problem With 'Religious Privilege'

Walker Bristol | Posted 05.04.2014 | Religion
Walker Bristol

Atheists in America face some measure of discrimination, and we want a way to talk about that discrimination so that it's taken seriously. But our approach thus far is setting us back, and may even be putting us in conflict with identity groups who could and ought to be alongside us in a struggle towards pluralistic understanding.

U.S. Congressmen Bring Town Hall Meeting to Israel

Anav Silverman | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Anav Silverman

The town hall meeting, unique to New England's traditional style of local citizen governance, made its way to Jerusalem when two U.S. Congressmen visited Israel's capital to discuss "local" issues with U.S. citizens recently.

Look at America. What Do You see?

Wayne Baker | Posted 04.27.2014 | Media
Wayne Baker

I've learned that there is a way to calm those fears and get people to risk sharing their deep feelings about this country. One reliable way is to say: Just stop and look. Just stop and look at America.

The One Thing You MUST Do In Each U.S. State

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 07.09.2014 | Travel

"If you could only tell a visitor to do ONE thing in your whole state, what would it be?" We asked this question to ourselves, to our trusted frien...

9 Struggles of a New Yorker

Greg Jacobs | Posted 04.21.2014 | College
Greg Jacobs

New York, a global destination where over 50 million tourists flock annually to feel the hustle and bustle of it all. The game, the competition and ...

The Best Restaurants In America For 2014

The Daily Meal | Posted 04.22.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

We have always believed that good food is good food.

Stop Bullying My Blackness: A Black History Month Wish

Tré Easton | Posted 04.21.2014 | Black Voices
Tré Easton

I've never really cared for Black History Month. I like to take the Morgan Freeman approach to these particular issues. Black history is American history and American history is black history.

A Gift for White People Celebrating Black History Month (VIDEO)

Kerry Coddett | Posted 04.21.2014 | Black Voices
Kerry Coddett

We're halfway through Black History Month and people are already asking "Why isn't there a White History Month?" Well, that's because we celebrate white history all year long!

South Park, Spike Lee and David Bowie Got it Right

Desiree Michael | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Desiree Michael

If all the other colors within our American spectrum remain silently invisible and choose to not unite under the shared banner of human rights--which is all-inclusive--I have to say, I agree with David Bowie's old hit, this is not America.

6 Regional Foods Actually Worth Traveling For

The Daily Meal | Posted 04.21.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

There are still plenty of regional specialties that are certainly worth the effort.

5 Reasons to Be Religiously Literate

Andrew Schwartz, M Div. | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
Andrew Schwartz, M Div.

Religion may be declining in certain social groups, but this trend shouldn't be enough to let us assume that we can simply watch religion fade into the twilight. With that in mind, here are five reasons why it's important -- perhaps now more than ever -- to be religiously literate.

I Left 'America' for Its Hatred of Muslims... This Is My Story

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

I often wondered why there was not a single Christian student, out of the thousands at Harvard, who had the moral integrity to tear down the hate stickers on campus -- hate stickers that openly attacked me for being Muslim.

The Clearance Kids

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

These kids are collectibles. Their value has yet to be set. Their stories represent a new American voice -- the voices of those who can never be counted out.