For Believers, Fear of Atheists is Fueled by Fear of Death

Recognizing death’s inevitability, people find comfort in their beliefs. Andreas Hunziker/flickr,   By Dr. Corey L. Cook (left) and Dr. Sheldon Solomon (right) Cook – Professor of Psychology, University of Washington Solomon – Professor of Psychology, Skidmore College Skepticism about the existence of God is on the rise, and this might, quite literally, pose an[…]

“Russian Doll” Galaxy Clusters Reveal Information About Dark Energy

04.28.2016 Astronomers have used data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, ESA’s Planck and a large list of optical telescopes to develop a powerful new method for investigating dark energy, the mysterious energy that is currently driving the accelerating expansion of the universe. The technique takes advantage of the observation that the outer reaches of galaxy[…]

Speakers of Two Dialects May Share Cognitive Advantage with Speakers of Two Languages

Conversations by Steve McClanahan via Flickr The ability of children to speak any two dialects – two closely related varieties of the same language – may confer the same cognitive advantages as those reported for multilingual children who speak two or more substantially different languages (such as English and French). The new findings on bi-dialectalism[…]

Art as Communication of Rural Identity

By Dr. Laura Appignanesi University of Macerata, Italy International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology ABSTRACT The Aesthetic Idealism of Friedrich Schelling gave artworks a role of mental representation of the world. In the present paper, we try to integrate this gnoseological value of Art with the contemporary sociological approach of System Theory. Nowadays, we are witnessing[…]

Ekphrastic Hope in the Aeneid

Dido and Aeneas / Creative Commons Book I of the Aeneid contains a masterfully created scene that takes the reader through a surrealistic door.  Aeneas comes to a temple in Carthage dedicated to Juno, and the reader suddenly becomes an art viewer of paintings on the walls of the unfinished temple.  The surrealism lies in[…]

The Slow but Steady Medieval March to an Enduring Legacy

Dante Gabriel Rossetti – The Last Meeting of Lancelot and Guinevere / New World Encyclopedia By Matthew A. McIntosh Brewminate Editor-in-Chief “We owe to the Middle Ages,” wrote French biographer and novelist Andre Maurois, “the two worst inventions of humanity – romantic love and gunpowder.”  Whether or not one agrees with the sentiment Maurois expressed,[…]

The Pragmatic Impacts of Sanders’ Big Dreams

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a campaign rally at The Family Arena Monday, March 14, 2016, in St. Charles, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Even with Tuesday’s campaign setbacks, Bernie Sanders’ pledge to make the country more equitable and sustainable is more realistic than some people are letting on. By Sarah von[…]