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Myth

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.

The Dark Mythopoetics of Christopher Nolan's Rising and Setting Knight

G. Roger Denson | Posted 07.20.2012 | Entertainment
G. Roger Denson

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The Hero's Journey: Follow Your Bliss and Doors Will Open

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 09.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Dennis Merritt Jones

In the 70s, when I first heard the phrase "follow your bliss," popularized by mythologist Joseph Campbell, it immediately hooked my attention.

Mythologizing Evolution Revisited

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 08.09.2012 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

Whether we think that the biblically based story of our origins is historically and scientifically accurate or not, we certainly have to admit that it is a beautiful story. To take root in deeply religious America, evolution needs to be a better myth.

Scott Hocking's Garden of the Gods

Vince Carducci | Posted 06.12.2012 | Detroit
Vince Carducci

Scott Hocking's Garden of the Gods can be read as a dystopian reflection of the effects of spectacle society.

It's A Wonderful -- Newt?

Paul Stoller | Posted 02.15.2012 | Politics
Paul Stoller

If the glut of corporate money continues to poison our political system, it is possible that we could elect Newt "Mr. Potter" Gingrich to the presidency. How would someone who seems to know and care so little about poor people govern our country?

Debunk Me! Debunk Me! "Lean, Mean, and Easy to Read..."

A. Siegel | Posted 02.07.2012 | Green
A. Siegel

Clearly written, with reinforcing graphics, the Debunking Handbook is a clear and easy read which helps sets an example for good myth-busting.

Class Illusions

Paul Stoller | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics
Paul Stoller

Most Americans want to believe that they are middle class, and this notion, which goes along with the myths of American social equality and equal opportunity, makes us feel good. We don't like to discuss issues that threaten our social myths.

14 Incredible Fictional Worlds You'd Most Want to Visit (PHOTOS)

Posted 10.01.2011 | Arts

Some people dream of visiting India or Brazil -- other people have loftier, if not impossible, travel ambitions. With the summer travel season in ...

Why Faith Is A Story, Not Doctrine

Derek Flood | Posted 09.13.2011 | Religion
Derek Flood

Since story is such a foundational part of how we as humans make sense of our lives, it makes sense that our sacred texts would make use of story.

Wanted: 1,000 Pastors For the Poor

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.16.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

There is a policy myth is that churches and charities alone could take care of the problems of poverty -- especially if we slashed taxes. But this really has more to do with libertarian political ideology than good theology.

Balanced LIfe -- Volunteer. Give Pro Bono. Help Others. It's the Right Thing to Do, and It Will Boost Your Happiness.

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

Volunteering is the right thing to do -- we all know that. And studies show that it boosts happiness; those who work to further causes they value ten...

Homelessness Myth #18: The Police Will Solve It

Christine Schanes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Christine Schanes

Homeless is first and foremost a social service issue. Nevertheless, the myth exists that homelessness is primarily a police issue.

Is It OK to Lie About Santa?

Samantha Kurtzman-Counter | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Samantha Kurtzman-Counter

I decided to ask a few leaders of different faiths, "What is your take on whether or not to spin tall tales to children about the existence of Santa (or the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and the like)?"

Obama Hates Social Justice Liberals Like Me

Terry Curtis Fox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Curtis Fox

Barack Obama hates me. It's nothing personal. I'm just part of the one group that really seems to piss the President off -- social justice liberals

SBA Loses Legal Battle Over Crisis Management PR Contract

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The proposal to combine the SBA with the Commerce Department is just the latest attempt by the government to cover up billions of dollars in abuse while dismantling small business contracting programs.

Julia Stiles and Mimi Goese Take On Godly Sexual Politics at BAM

G. Roger Denson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

I'm left wishing for the days when minimalism, the musical school that best suits Neill's instincts, still dictated the theatrical standards of contemporary opera and performance art.

John Lennon: Working Class Mythmaker

Scott Thill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Thill

When we examine Lennon, we must examine not just a temporal snapshot but the history of music, film, comics, conspiracy theory, literature, poetry, politics, technology from his birthday onward.

Manifesting the Moon

Sebastian Siegel | Posted 06.09.2011 | Arts
Sebastian Siegel

Later I woke in the night saying aloud, "a beautiful aspect of nonduality is the rebirth of duality."

Obama Muslim Myth on the Rise

Brendan Nyhan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan Nyhan

Why has the misperception that Obama is a Muslim increased over time? As Republicans and independents view Obama more unfavorably, they're likely to be more receptive to negative information about him, including false claims about his religion.

David Vognar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
David Vognar

We do not need to totally abandon myth in order to live in the way of truth. We just need to get out of the way of acting out our myths.

Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine & Rites of Passage: Songs of Scythian Stones

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

Virlana Tkacz's work with the Yara Arts Group reflects her desire to re-integrate the ancient "ways of knowing" as she puts it, into modern life.

An Academic Outpost of Heaven

Tom Morris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tom Morris

There's a particular alternate reality experience that I highly recommend. It happens to take place at an academic outpost of heaven. Forty five minu...

Homelessness Myth #1: "Get a Job!"

Christine Schanes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Schanes

"Get a job!" is an easy expression to say. However, for some homeless people, getting a job is an impossible dream.