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Apocalypse When? The End of the World in Pop Culture

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.11.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

When I would complain about some trivial disappointment as a child (or even a teen -- and, really, disappointments at that age never feel as trivial as they are), my mother would say, "Well, it's not the end of the world." Fortunately, she didn't live to see contemporary pop culture.

Winter Is Coming: Teaching Net Assessment in Game of Thrones

Michael Vlahos | Posted 07.05.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Vlahos

Game of Thrones is a homily about a great civilization beginning to tear itself apart. In this sense it is a very sad tale. But in the life of our grandparents we have suffered many such "sad stories of the death of kings." But Martin's mythic tales are not just about the death of kings. They are about us.

Sustainable Civilizations: What if the Mayans and Romans Had Known?

Adrian de Groot Ruiz | Posted 03.01.2014 | Impact
Adrian de Groot Ruiz

This means that companies that will thrive are those who succeed in making (food) products that are both affordable and sustainable. In other words, companies who successfully prices until the retail price is the True Price.

Overcoming Historical Amnesia: Muslim Contributions to Civilization

Craig Considine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Craig Considine

People who forget or ignore major events in world history can be said to suffer from "historical amnesia." Though this mindset cannot be cured in one short blog post, I hope to dispel some of the stereotypes and misperceptions by highlighting the contributions that Muslims have made to civilization.

Is the Internet Evolving Into a Global Brain?

Cadell Last | Posted 11.20.2013 | Science
Cadell Last

So what will a fully mature Internet look like? How will it change the structure of our world? What will the Internet be in 2050?

No, I Won't Use an e-Reader

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.02.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

The book encapsulated a deep sense of pleasure, safety, wonder, satisfaction, and above all, love. These early experiences linger with us, and can have enormous emotional resonance.

The Civilization Genome Project

Bruce Fein | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
Bruce Fein

A civilized society honors virtue, wisdom, self-restraint, and a search for truth without ulterior motives. It is not preoccupied or awed by technological wizardry, scientific discoveries, limitless wealth, athletic marvels, or weapons of mass destruction.

The Collapse of Complex Societies: Review

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 06.01.2013 | Books
Ricardo B. Salinas

The book helps to understand our history and extrapolate lessons to the delicate global situation of public finances, especially since governments that claim to be the solution to the global crisis often represent the problem.

Our Congressmen Should Play Civilization

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.04.2013 | College
Michael Shammas

Yesterday I was playing Sid Meier's popular computer game, Civilization V, when I realized my economy was floundering. And by "floundering," I mean I couldn't afford to buy a toothpick. Why? Because for decades, my government had been spending too much and making too little.

Mayan Calendar Prophecy Demystified

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 03.01.2013 | Comedy
Mitch Ditkoff

Apparently, there has been some kind of mix up with the whole "2012 Mayan Calendar" thing. A new translation of an ancient Mayan text -- "The Axhumuc...

You're the Sole Survivor at the End of the World. Do You Have What It Takes?

Blake Henderson | Posted 08.25.2012 | Comedy
Blake Henderson

With any luck, there would be an engineer or a scientist left behind instead of me. They would possess the skills and knowledge to use their own DNA to clone themselves and re-start a new human race. But, alas, I am no engineer or scientist. I struggle to assemble IKEA furniture.

Reinventing Capitalism: Strange Currencies in the Marketplace

Russell C. Smith | Posted 06.10.2012 | Small Business
Russell C. Smith

It's safe to say there's been no other time in the history of the world when so much information on peoples' purchasing habits has been gathered, stored, catalogued, and most importantly... used.

Mayan Civilization's Demise Linked to Bizarre Beliefs

Posted 03.23.2012 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 03/22/2012 10:05 AM EDT on LiveScience A dread of malevolent spirits haunting forsaken areas...

Satellite Spies Thousands of Ancient Human Settlements

Posted 03.20.2012 | Science

By: Wynne Parry, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 03/19/2012 03:15 PM EDT on LiveScience Ancient humans have changed the landscape around thei...

2012-2020: Where Mythologies Clash

Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.

The decade ahead will be a testing time as it marks the peak clash between two mythologies -- or rather, two defining eras.

Endgame of an Era

Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D. | Posted 04.24.2012 | Home
Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.

The modern world has witnessed a different type of consciousness emerging over the past 150 years, a post-Industrial Revolution cognitive mind.

WATCH: Why The West Is Losing Out To The Rest

Posted 01.06.2012 | Books

Historian Niall Ferguson discussed "the six killer apps" of prosperity in his recent TED talk. These "apps" refer to certain ideas--competition, sc...

Awakening From The Illusion Of Our Separateness

David Loy | Posted 12.11.2011 | Religion
David Loy

In contemporary terms, our sense of being separate from others is a psychosocial construct, composed of habitual ways of thinking, feeling and acting.

Our Social Crises -- From Breakdown to Breakthrough

Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D. | Posted 10.11.2011 | World
Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.

Leading sociologists have shown that societies are far more likely to break down when they're overloaded by converging stresses; for example, rapid population growth, resources depletion, and economic decline.

Marco Brambilla's Epic 3D Video Art

The Huffington Post | Travis Korte | Posted 08.21.2011 | Arts

After watching Marco Brambilla's 1992 film Demolition Man, audiences would have felt a sense of finality. The credits rolled, the lights went up and t...

Hired DistrActivists

Paula Gordon | Posted 08.21.2011 | Media
Paula Gordon

All the media wants to hear about is a soon-to-be former Congressman whose self-absorption and bad judgement are remarkable even by current congressional standards. I don't understand professional journalists, with all the resources at their command, being so easily suckered.

Conquerors, Debt, Joblessness, and "The Crisis of the Third Century"

Lydia Fisher | Posted 08.20.2011 | Business
Lydia Fisher

If the financial crisis tells us anything, it's this. We moved away from person-to-person reciprocity and community orientation. We deconstructed boundaries for expedient profit.

The Pandemic Disease of the 21st Century Is on the Rise

Bernard Starr | Posted 08.01.2011 | Comedy
Bernard Starr

Police recently ejected a woman from an Amtrak quiet car after 16 hours of non-stop talking on her cell phone -- a new record for a PACS symptom flare-up.

Post-Apocalyptic Anti-Monuments

Posted 06.04.2011 | Arts

(Via Beautiful Decay) Huma Bhabha is not unlike a medieval alchemist, transmuting discarded materials into works of art—morphing civilization’s d...

Has India Downloaded the 'Killer Apps'?

Madhavi Bhasin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Madhavi Bhasin

India has opted for a path which may be comparable in some measure, but is not identical, to the growth trajectory of Western Civilization.