The Curious Origin of the “Double-Conk” Theory for Curing Amnesia

By Dr. Mary Spiers / 09.29.2016 Associate Professor of Psychology Drexel University You’re probably familiar with the TV or movie plot device where a character is conked on the head, loses memory or identity and then gets conked again and memory is restored. Classic examples are in the 1951 Tom and Jerry Cartoon Nit-Witty Kitty[…]

Medieval Monsters

Men with dogs’ heads, creatures with giant feet, griffins, sirens and hellish demons can all be found in the illustrated pages of medieval manuscripts. Dr. Alixe Bovey delves into the symbolic meaning of a variety of monsters to understand what they can teach us about life and belief in the Middle Ages. By Dr. Alixe[…]

Religious Right Backs Bill to Implement Trump’s Pledge to Make Churches More Politically Powerful

By Peter Montgomery / 09.29.2016 Donald Trump has repeatedly pledged to make conservative Christians more politically powerful by eliminating legal restrictions on churches’ and other tax-exempt nonprofits’ ability to do electoral work. On Wednesday two Republican congressmen, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Georgia’s Jody Hice, introduced H.R. 6195, what they call the “Free Speech[…]

Stop Pretending

“One day a six-year-old friend said to me, ‘Pretend you are surrounded by a thousand hungry tigers. What would you do?’ I visualized the situation as he had suggested and, coming up with no viable plan of action, said, ‘Wow, I don’t know. What would you do?’ And he replied, ‘I’d stop pretending.’” ~Catherine Ingram[…]

The Legend of Hercules Mulligan: An American Spy Who Twice Saved George Washington

We’re all familiar with the legendary heroes who fought to secure our independence from the British: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere and his midnight ride. But there are many other influencers of the Revolutionary War whose names don’t immediately come to mind when reflecting on the birth of this great nation. Their efforts and[…]

David Barton Claims The Founding Fathers Used ‘The Exact Language Of The Bible’ To Write The Constitution

By Kyle Mantyla / 09.29.2016 A few years ago, right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton developed a new talking point in which he claimed that the Constitution is filled with direct, verbatim quotes straight out of the Bible. We pointed out repeatedly that the clauses in the Constitution that Barton insisted were direct quotes from the Bible[…]

The Kinora Picture Reel (VIDEO)

Home entertainment from a century ago. 09.26.2016 Founded in 1896, Kinora Ltd. produced some of the first motion pictures in history. It converted the Lumière brothers’ Cinématographe into a home entertainment movie machine. Printed film reels could be purchased or rented, and personal “moving portraits” could be taken in a photographic studio. In 1908 the[…]

The Psychology Behind Why Clowns Creep Us Out

Sometimes you don’t know whether to laugh or cry. / Shutterstock By Dr. Frank T. McAndrew / 09.29.2016 Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology Knox College For the past several months, creepy clowns have been terrorizing America, with sightings of actual clowns in at least 10 different states. These fiendish clowns have reportedly tried to[…]

Trump Angry at Aides, Advisers, Surrogates, and Allies Conceding to Debate Loss

From Gloria Borger, Dana Bash, and Eric Bradner at CNN / 09.29.2016: Donald Trump is angry that his aides and advisers have conceded to reporters — largely without attribution — that the Republican nominee struggled in his first presidential debate.   In a conference call with surrogates Wednesday afternoon, Trump aides made clear the Republican[…]