Moderation May be the Most Challenging and Rewarding Virtue

A question of balance / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Aurelian Craiutu / 07.17.2017 Professor of Political Science and American Studies Indiana University Three centuries ago, the French political philosopher Montesquieu claimed that human beings accommodate themselves better to the middle than to the extremes. Only a few decades later, George Washington begged to differ. In[…]

Focusing on the Present

By Eckhart Tolle / 07.19.2017 Being Content, No Matter the Circumstance There are three ways in which consciousness can flow into what you do and thus through you into this world, three modalities in which you can align your life with the creative power of the universe. Modality means the underlying energy­ frequency that flows[…]

Maryam Mirzakhani was a Role Model for More than Just Her Mathematics

Maryam Mirzakhani, YouTube Screen Capture By Mehrdokht Poumader / 07.17.2017 Lecturer in Operations Management and Organizational Behavior Macquarie Graduate School of Management On July 14, Maryam Mirzakhani, Stanford professor of mathematics and the only female winner of the prestigious Fields Medal in Mathematics, died at the age of 40. In just a few hours, her[…]

Healing the Orphans of the Heart

By Dr. Matt Licata / 07.17.2017 The Invitation of the Broken At times, a broken heart will appear as your teacher and you will be asked to place your raw, shaky vulnerability on the altar before you. The invitation of the broken is rarely sweet or peaceful, but is always reorganizing and whole. “The freedom[…]

We Can No Longer Outrun Antibiotic Resistance. So, Here’s What We Need to do Instead.

Photo Courtesy of NIAID Researchers are tackling the problem of antibiotic resistance head on — by hunting for the genes that enable bacteria to become resistant to life-saving medications. By Lindsey Konkel / 07.06.2017 From the muddy bottoms of deep ocean trenches to Komodo dragon blood, scientists have scoured Earth’s remote corners in search of molecules[…]

Combatting Stereotypes about Appalachian Dialects

The small city of Hazard, Kentucky, rests in the heart of Appalachia. AP Photo/David Stephenson By Dr. Kirk Hazen / 07.13.2017 Professor of Linguistics West Virginia University During the 2016 presidential election, broad support for Donald Trump came from most communities in Appalachia, where he received 63 percent of the vote. A great deal of national attention was[…]

Three Buildings, Two Architects, Common Spaces

Installation view of Berlin/LA: Space for Music at the Getty Research Institute. Photo: John Kiffe An architect finds commonalities in spaces for music in Berlin and LA—both highbrow and low. By Peter Greuneisen / 07.11.2017 Founder nonzero\architecture, studio bau:ton There are surprising parallels between the sister cities of Berlin and Los Angeles, as is convincingly shown in[…]

Before You Can be with Others, First Learn to be Alone

Clamdigger 1935 by Edward Hopper. / Courtesy Sharon Mollerus/Flickr By Jennifer Stitt / 07.11.2017 Graduate Student in History University of Wisconsin-Madison In 1840, Edgar Allan Poe described the ‘mad energy’ of an ageing man who roved the streets of London from dusk till dawn. His excruciating despair could be temporarily relieved only by immersing himself in[…]

Philosophy has a Lot to Learn from Film

Machiko Kyō and Toshiro Mifune in Kurosawa’s Rashômon (1951) / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Costica Bradatan / 07.03.2017 Professor of Humanities Texas Tech University Picture this: a man – a samurai – is killed in a grove. One by one, all those involved are brought before a court. The woodcutter talks of the horror that seized him[…]

Inventing the Recording

Coloured engraving after J.T. Balcomb depicting an Edison phonograph with a carbon microphone, 1878 / Wellcome Library Dr. Eva Moreda Rodríguez on the formative years of the recording industry, focusing on the culture surrounding the gabinetes fonográficos of fin-de-siècle Spain. By Dr. Eva Moreda Rodriguez / 07.12.2017 Lecturer in Music University of Glasgow To the question “When[…]

How Spam Became One of the Most Iconic Brands of All Time

By Dr. Ayalla A. Ruvio / 07.02.2017 Assistant Professor of Marketing Michigan State University While you might think of Spam as a basic canned meat, it’s actually one of the greatest business success stories of all time: Since Hormel Foods Corporation launched the affordable, canned pork product in 1937, it’s sold over eight billion cans in 44 countries around[…]

We are All in this Together – Realizing that and Acting on It Makes Us Better

By Charles Eisenstein / 07.11.2017 How the Humble Hold the World Together Fifteen years ago when I began writing books, I had high hopes that someday I would be ‘discovered’ and that ‘my message’ would thereby reach millions of people and change the world for the better. That ambition began to disintegrate soon after, when after years[…]

Christian Reconstructionists and Dominionism: Theocratic Pursuits in American Politics

By Steve Barry / 11.10.2011 I have previously written on the topic of Dominionism and then subsequently on a specific “brand” of Dominionism in the past. After reading an interview between Sarah Posner of Religion Dispatches and Anthea Butler of the University of Pennsylvania called Beyond Alarmism and Denial in the Dominionism Debate I felt[…]

On Thoreau’s 200th Birthday, a Gift for Botany

Hundreds of new images from Thoreau’s collection of plant specimens will be available for viewing online. “I think it’s fair to say that the data that live inside these cabinets has been dark for far too long,” said Charles Davis (pictured), director of the Harvard University Herbaria. / Jon Chase, Harvard Staff Photographer By Alvin Powell[…]

Millennial Bashing in Medieval Times

In Sir Thomas Malory’s ‘Le Morte d’Arthur,’ a character complains that young people are too sexually promiscuous. The British Library By Dr. Eric Weiskott / 07.05.2017 Assistant Professor of English Boston College As a millennial and a teacher of millennials, I’m growing weary of think pieces blaming my generation for messing everything up. The list of[…]

A Letter to My Younger Self

By Charles Eisenstein / 07.08.2017 What I Wish I’d Known Back Then… Dear self: Your secret, lonely knowledge is true. Despite all you have been told, the world that has been offered to you as normal, is anything but normal. It is a pale semblance of the intimacy, connection, authenticity, community, joy and grief that lie[…]

What Can Avicenna Teach Us about the Mind-Body Problem?

Illustration by Fumitake Uchida By Dr. Peter Adamson / 09.09.2016 Professor of Philosophy Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich Philosophers of the Islamic world enjoyed thought experiments. If the heavens vanished, they wondered, would time continue to pass? If existence were distinct from essence, would that mean that existence itself must exist? Can God turn your[…]