A Friendly Salvo against Modern Epicureans

Zeno vs. Epicurus By Dr. Massimo Pigliucci / 11.03.2017 Professor of Philosophy City University of New York “The thought for today is one which I discovered in Epicurus; for I am wont to cross over even into the enemy’s camp — not as a deserter, but as a scout,” says Seneca to Lucilius in Letter II, On[…]

Evil and Urizen: William Blake’s Visions of a Demiurge

By Dr. Daniil Leiderman / 07.22.2017 Instructional Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture Texas A&M University William Blake is justifiably considered to be among the greatest of England’s poets and artists. His place in the books of art history is assured despite his general disengagement from any definable movement, except perhaps romanticism, to which he belonged[…]

Life at Valley Forge

Baron von Steuben at Valley Forge, 1777, by Augustus G. Heaton, 1907 / National War College By Mrs. Harriet D. Eisenberg I have chosen to look up particulars concerning the daily life of the soldier at Valley Forge in the awful winter of 1777-8. And as no historian can picture the life of any period so vividly[…]

Believing in the Kindness of Strangers

When rain from Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston and surrounding areas, some people were more eager to volunteer than others. michelmond/Shutterstock.com By Dr. Kristin Brethel-Haurwitz / 11.12.2017 Postdoctoral Researcher in Cognitive Neuroscience University of Pennsylvania Would you risk your life for a total stranger? While you might consider yourself incapable of acts of altruism on that scale,[…]

Rough, Smooth, or Deep: Why the Sound of a Voice is Multisensory

Sarah Vaughan by William P Gottlieb. / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Pavlo Shopin / 11.15.2017 Lecturer in the Philosophy of Language, Comparative Linguistics, and Translation National Pedagogical Dragomanov University To make sense of human voices, we rely on senses beyond hearing. The songs of Taylor Swift can be sweet and soft. Lady Gaga’s singing feels[…]