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'Ballet-Themed' Workouts: Why Take the Dancing Out of Dance?

Nadia Khayrallah | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Nadia Khayrallah

Dance training isn't always associated with body positivity, but it does show you a lot of ways to understand and appreciate your body that are unrelated to looks.

Descartes the Bogeyman -- and the Dog Who's Nailing His Coffin Shut

John W. Pilley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
John W. Pilley

Despite resounding blows against the Cartesian system from giants such as Charles Darwin and B. F. Skinner, countless researchers have continued to march, zombie-like, in Descartes's footsteps, insisting that animals lack conscious minds and cannot think, feel, or reason.

Man Shot in Argument About Kant

Tony Phillips | Posted 11.18.2013 | Weird News
Tony Phillips

Immanuel Kant, has in 250 years' time sparked many an argument. And just the other day he got a man shot. Kid you not.

3 Ways to Better Control Your Mind and Thoughts

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Steve McSwain

Descartes, father of modern philosophy, pointed to both the distinguishing characteristic of human beings and to the biggest curse of human beings when he made his famous statement, "I think. Therefore, I am."

The Confusion About Souls: Mind, Body And Spirit

Stephen J. Iacoboni, M.D. | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Stephen J. Iacoboni, M.D.

There remains to this day an irreconcilable impasse between what religion tells us and what science tells us about mind/soul. It tears at the fabric of our culture.

The Economist's Inferno

Francis Levy | Posted 03.20.2013 | Media
Francis Levy

Leave it to the venerable Economist to continue to scoop the Internet through sheer ingenuity. Who but The Economist would run a cover story entitled "A Rough Guide to Hell," in its year-end double issue?

I Think, Therefore I Don't Know Who the Hell I Am

Joan Konner | Posted 02.06.2013 | Books
Joan Konner

The search for identity, occurring in the context of a contemporary ethos of rugged individualism, collectively carried to extreme, even unto selfishness and narcissism, is an obsession in our time.

William Harvey and the Myth of Objective, Empirical Science

Thomas Wright | Posted 12.03.2012 | Science
Thomas Wright

The traditional portrait of William Harvey is, I argue, an icon of an objective, quasi-mystical form of empirical science that Harvey himself never practiced or believed in, but which continues to find adherents today.

Why Does the World Exist?

Glyn Vincent | Posted 10.28.2012 | Books
Glyn Vincent

In Jim Holt's lively, bestselling book, Why Does The World Exist?, the author informs us the very phrase, Big Bang, was coined by a cosmologist, Sir Fred Hoyle, who disagreed with the conception of a universe-creating explosion.

Are We The Reason For The Universe's Existence? The Anthropic Principle Reconsidered

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 03.18.2012 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Indeed, the Universe, as science has revealed it, bears little resemblance to the description of Divine creation in various Scriptures.

Cara Santa Maria

Mental Illness Is Brain Illness

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 12.06.2011 | Education

The mind does not exert power on the brain nor does the brain exert power on the mind. Mind is an emergent property of brain. And mental illness is a dysfunction of both sides of the coin.

Home Maintenance for the Over-50 Bachelor

Bryan J Miller | Posted 01.25.2012 | Fifty
Bryan J Miller

Bachelor housekeeping is like sex--best approached spontaneously and with little regard for the fitted sheets.

Libraries: Information and Knowledge Spaces II

Carla Leitao | Posted 11.27.2011 | Arts
Carla Leitao

Libraries are located at a unique intersection of spatial design. They are spaces that store, articulate and distribute formats (media), which are vessels of information.

Bachmann Denies Picking Descartes as Running Mate

Mark Steinberg | Posted 11.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

"Rene won't say anything until he can prove it, meaning that he'll pretty much always miss the news cycle. Let me tell you, if I had waited until I had facts to support everything I've said I'd never be where I am today."

Who Cares if Animals Feel?

Ari Solomon | Posted 10.29.2011 | Green
Ari Solomon

Instead of presuming that animals feel nothing, and that experiences such as fear and pain are innately human, why don't we err on the side of caution and assume that animals do feel something.

Get Thee to a Library! Unsung Hero of 41st St: Library Way

Lily Bevan | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Lily Bevan

Where better to joke about the tumultuous nature of literature than on a plaque the size of a puddle on the approach to one of the most important libraries in the world.

We're Giving Our Money Away

Norman MacAfee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Norman MacAfee

Europa '51 is very rare, not available on DVD, but this Friday, August 6, at 6 p.m. EDT, Turner Classic Movies will run it. I urge you to see it.

Kids in Deep Conversation

Tom Morris | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

The New York Times recently reported on a school where 8 year olds are being taught philosophy. That doesn't mean they're being grounded in the though...

Stolen Descartes Lette Found Through Internet Search

AFP | AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

A stolen letter written by 17th-century thinker Descartes and found in the United States was returned to France Tuesday, ending a detective tale featu...

Descartes's Stolen Letter Found

The New York Times | PATRICIA COHEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It was the Great Train Robbery of French intellectual life: thousands of treasured documents that vanished from the Institut de France in the mid-1800...