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Report Card: American Exceptionalism

Chris Ernesto | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Chris Ernesto

The United States thinks of itself as the greatest country in the world. Maybe even the greatest of all-time. Because of this awesomeness, it believe...

Lights Go on Part XVII: The Glory of Myth

Thomas Bähler | Posted 07.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Thomas Bähler

Arnold's definition of myth nailed it for me. It has has lived within me since that evening. He stated, "It is my belief that myth is not a true story." The rationalists offered nods which stopped short as he finished with this: "Myth is a story that is true."

The Multitasking Myth

Ray Dodd | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Ray Dodd

Even though I subscribe to the practice of being present-in-the-moment through mediation and Yoga, it's often more of an ideal than a practice. Every day I have a "to-do list," what I need to get done to keep everything moving, and in my mind, to keep everything from falling apart.

5 Myths About High-Frequency Trading

Bob Swarup | Posted 06.14.2014 | Business
Bob Swarup

For better or for worse, high-frequency trading is a part of our financial landscape today. This is an economic arms race, and there are risks involved.

Breaking Free From the Myth of Independence

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

One of the greatest gifts available among the many that great relationships offer, is the assistance that our partner provides in the face of the challenges that life inevitably serves up to us. We can meet those challenges with confidence, and can afford to take on those that are bigger, grander, and more exciting, resting into the assurance that we are fully supported.

Earthrise: A Mythic Image for Our Time?

Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. | Posted 03.26.2014 | Science
Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.

We tend to think of myth as a lie or as an outdated explanation for a mystery long since cleared up by science. But as a host of mythologists, writers and storytellers have observed, myth is actually a framework of meaning.

Imaginary Memoirs

Donna Minkowitz | Posted 02.22.2014 | Books
Donna Minkowitz

I determined that my own story, with its emotionally and sexually abusive mother, and physically abusive, but bullied and mentally ill father, would be easier for readers to connect with if I wrapped it in a fairy tale.

How a Recession and a Myth Revealed What We Already Knew

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

Facing increased demand for services, nonprofits with limited resources did the best they could to stretch those dollars further, and many funders stepped in with emergency stopgap resources to help.

Wagner, Texas and Myth

John Mauceri | Posted 09.30.2013 | Arts
John Mauceri

I should say right here that my first lectures on Wagner and his Ring cycle were given to the German Club at East Meadow High School on two successive Tuesday afternoons in 1961.

Mindful Eating Is Just a Fad (And Other Myths)

Michelle May, M.D. | Posted 08.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Michelle May, M.D.

Unfortunately, the phrase "mindful eating" is being misused by some people as a way to talk about restricting food intake. That is a fad -- and it is not what mindful eating is all about.

Why the Bees Are Dying: An Ancient Solution to a Modern Problem

Kalliope Lee | Posted 08.28.2013 | Green
Kalliope Lee

Whether it was actually practiced or not, my intention is to explore the bugonia as a timeless mythic trope instructive to us now in the midst of our own bee crisis.

Epic: Is It Time to Find a New Myth beyond Good and Evil?

Maria Rodale | Posted 08.03.2013 | Entertainment
Maria Rodale

I was looking forward to seeing Epic, the new Disney movie, with my daughter in a way I hadn't looked forward to a kid's movie in a long time. I love...

'Never Let Them See You Sweat': The Myth of Effortless Perfection

Amy Yao | Posted 05.19.2013 | College
Amy Yao

The concept of "effortless perfection" is the constant pressure felt by college women to be "smart, accomplished, fit, beautiful and popular," all without "visible effort." The price of such a lofty goal, however, has far-reaching consequences.

The Hero's Journey Meets the Screenwriter's Journey

Loren-Paul Caplin | Posted 05.19.2013 | Arts
Loren-Paul Caplin

Why the F*%K do we do it? Money? Fame? Love of the process? What is it? Why do we continue to write screenplays when aside from the outrageously arduous task of getting it even remotely right, the odds of then getting it sold and then made and then becoming a hit are...well doubtful.

Why Ban Cousin Marriages?

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 03.30.2013 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

The fact that 20 percent of global marriages take place between first cousins and most societies, including Europe and Canada, consider cousin marriages to be legal should give us a pause.

Inauguration, Ritual and Renewal

David Kudler | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics
David Kudler

On this third Tuesday of January, I will indeed be filled with hope: hope, not in perfection but in perfectability; hope in the ability of our nation and our world to learn from our mistakes and turn from our excesses.

Pretending/Pretense

Tony Smith | Posted 03.16.2013 | Business
Tony Smith

"Psssst. Suzie, come here!" "Where are you?" "Over here. Behind the big maple." "What's up?" "Let's play... Hide 'n' Seek. I'll count, you hide. Ready...

The Transformational Power of Storytelling

Lloyd Glauberman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd Glauberman, Ph.D.

While myths, as vehicles for conveying wisdom, have been around since the beginning of human history, the therapeutic use of metaphor -- the subtly structured "story with a message" -- is a more recent development.

Religion As A Private Pursuit, Science For Everyone

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 12.13.2012 | Religion
G. Elijah Dann

It's not that these respective advances in the sciences have shown that God doesn't exist. It's rather that these, truly mind-blowing discoveries, can be learned by everyone without losing oneself.

This Weekend: Folk Monster Showcase

J.L. Sirisuk | Posted 12.12.2012 | Los Angeles
J.L. Sirisuk

With All Hallows' Eve quickly approaching, and L'art Pour L'art has their fall showcase entitled Folk Monster.

Myth and Its Dangers

Gary Hart | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics
Gary Hart

Myths play a central role as metaphor in many world religions, but myths in politics are dangerous. They are a conscious hiding place from a changing, challenging, and often uncomfortable new world.

Beijing! Washington!

Frank H. Wu | Posted 11.19.2012 | College
Frank H. Wu

I am convinced by a myth. It is our ideal that anyone who comes to the New World can become an equal member of our society.

Faith In The Higgs?

Jason Rosenhouse | Posted 10.30.2012 | Religion
Jason Rosenhouse

As a practical matter, we all must accept what experts tell us about fields we have not studied ourselves. It is very lazy, however, to say that all such instances are just acts of faith and therefore intellectually equivalent.

Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride: Boldly Going Forward Into Myth

G. Roger Denson | Posted 08.27.2012 | Science
G. Roger Denson

For Armstrong and Ride, who so actively inspired so many to follow their leads, death only greets the body. Their efforts live on as active and inspiring myths in the lives of those who learn of their boldness.

The Power -- And Study -- Of Myth

David Kudler | Posted 10.20.2012 | Religion
David Kudler

Taught under the various umbrellas of history, anthropology, literature, philosophy, folklore, religion, psychology and other disciplines, mythology is rarely recognized as its own field. To date, only one school offers a graduate program in Mythological Studies.