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The Killing Tree

Hillary Kaylor | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact
Hillary Kaylor

The land is green, rolling and gentle-seeming in the way only places far from home can seem. Valleys are carved into the ground, covered in carpets of silky grass and steadfast moss.

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.

Don't Blame Empathy

Jodi Halpern | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Jodi Halpern

People care about more than numbers. They care so much about subjective well-being that they are willing to trade years of life for improved quality of life. Cold reason is really not sufficient to assess anyone's quality of life. That evaluation requires a robust application of empathy.

21st Century Philosophers: Pink

Kinne Chapin | Posted 07.17.2013 | Comedy
Kinne Chapin

Celebrities are very good at love and relationships. Everyone knows their divorce rate is much lower than that of the general population -- something about the bright lights of fame must be conducive to spending year after year with the same loved one.

Why the Cliche 'Try New Things' Is Sacred

Anthony Badami | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Anthony Badami

Disruption necessitates exploration and uncertainty, which means that "trying new things" is not merely a well-worn cliché but an urgent moral imperative. It is, it seems to me, sacred.

Familiarity Can Be Dangerous

Jennifer Sertl | Posted 07.15.2013 | Business
Jennifer Sertl

We are losing our ability to be confronted by external forces that are foreign. There is value in friction and perhaps the greatest friction of all is our humility.

Improvising a Heroic Life: Whoever You Are, and Whatever You Do

Tom Morris | Posted 07.10.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Tom Morris

At the core of wisdom as a practice is the skill to create, discern, and improvise. How then do you become a great improviser in the jazz of life?

The Queen Of The Sciences

William Grassie | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
William Grassie

Philosophy and theology departments are increasingly irrelevant backwaters in the modern university, engaged in seemingly solipsistic debates. If they want to reclaim exalted status in the university and society, they would do well to embrace Big History.

Kickstarter Project Turns Shapes and Colors Into Philosophy

Daniel Vahab | Posted 06.30.2013 | Impact
Daniel Vahab

It's said that a picture is worth a thousand words. And in this case of Philographics, a Kickstarter project that attempts to explain complex philosophic theories with graphic pictures of basic geometric shapes and colors, a picture is worth 28,250 words.

Frederick's Table

Paula Gordon | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
Paula Gordon

I find myself anchoring my grief over the loss of this remarkable man in simple objects ... little things, like our kitchen table. That may seem odd, given that Dr. Ferré was the world's leading Constructive Post-Modern philosopher, but therein lays the eternal magic of his inspiring legacy.

The Proximity Principle: Innovation, Face-to-Face

Tom Morris | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business
Tom Morris

Conversations that take place, even in casual settings, can spark major creative leaps and novel, important innovations.

A Plea for Philosophy

John Corvino | Posted 06.10.2013 | Gay Voices
John Corvino

I reject the premise that rational argument on gay rights has outlived its usefulness. Watching the rapid shift in public support lately -- a recent poll suggests that 58% of Americans favor marriage equality -- it's easy to forget that plenty aren't there yet.

Science's Sacred Cows (Part 9): Conclusion

Dave Pruett | Posted 06.04.2013 | Science
Dave Pruett

Before Immanuel Kant earned renown as a titan of philosophy, he was an amateur astronomer, and a damn good one.

What the Early Christians Meant When They Said, "Jesus is Lord"

Brandon Ambrosino | Posted 05.31.2013 | Religion
Brandon Ambrosino

"Jesus is Lord," the disciples flippantly announce, and the overtones aren't lost on anyone who's listening. If Jesus is Lord, then that means Caesar isn't.

40 Percent Gay and Indifferent

Matthew Bailey | Posted 05.20.2013 | Comedy
Matthew Bailey

If you don't like gay boys and girls, open your senses, stop being thoughtless and accept your own gayness within.

Why Was It Called 'Progressive Education'?

E. D. Hirsch, Jr. | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

Readers of the Huffington Post should not continue to be misled by the accidental lexical residues of the word "progressive" from a rather bizarre moment in European and American intellectual history. Intellectual history may not be very jazzy, but whoever ignores it will be tyrannized by it.

What Are the Top 10 Philosophical Ideas That Everyone Should Understand?

Quora | Posted 05.07.2013 | GPS for the Soul

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Alex Bützow, Nordic Law Student 1. Introspection.Introspection is one of the most fundament...

The Philosopher King of Reality TV

Tom Morris | Posted 05.06.2013 | TV
Tom Morris

Andy Cohen, if you're out there wondering what in the world is next for the broadening realm of reality television, I offer you a shot at co-producing any of these exciting real-world dramedies.

Passion, Purpose and Clarity Unpacked

Peter Walters | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact
Peter Walters

When considering a career path, I'm sure you've been told to"follow your passion," right? If you're doing something that inspires and motivates you more than anything else, it's probably a good road to be on. But this question likely has left you wondering: what is my passion...?

Creation, Destruction, and the Paradox of Existence

The Chopra Well | Posted 04.30.2013 | Healthy Living
The Chopra Well

Perhaps the most obvious -- and most troubling -- example of contradiction in our universe is the constant tension between creation and destruction.

Why You Need to Ask Why

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 04.16.2013 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

What problems are you facing that could be approached differently simply by asking why.... and then why again... and then why again.. until you get to the core of the issue?

Review of Jim Holt's Why Does the World Exist?

Michael Roth | Posted 04.13.2013 | Books
Michael Roth

Why do we lose those we love? Why do important parts of our world vanish? These are not questions for a detective story, existential or not. But they are the questions to which, in the end, Holt's wonderfully ambitious book leads us.

Towards A New Buddhist Story

David Loy | Posted 04.11.2013 | Religion
David Loy

Buddhism has its problems. It originated as an Iron Age mythology and still contains many mythological elements that shouldn't be accepted merely because they are traditional.

Is Religion Just an Assortment of Gut Feelings?

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.10.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

The vast majority of the planet's seven billion people ascribe to some kind of religious belief -- that is, a faith in things that cannot be proven. This makes no sense from a scientific and psychological point of view.

The Practice of Geezing

Wes Nisker | Posted 04.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Wes Nisker

Lately I find myself engaging with friends in an ancient and revered form of discourse whose origins lie in the dim past of humanity. To take part in this talking ritual requires only that you have reached a certain age and are willing to expose your innermost self.