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The best science books of 2015

Going feet first into evolutionary theory, the race to crack the genetic code and a memorable journey around the coast of Britain<p><b>Best of culture in 2015:</b> see this year’s cultural highlights, chosen by the Guardian’s writers and critics<p>Gavin Francis has a remarkable pedigree as a medical writer. He …

22-Year-Old's Incredibly Artistic Self-Portraits

<b>Prejudice</b><p>Though Budapest, Hungary-based photographer Noell S. Oszvald currently has only 22 total photos on her Flickr page, they're all so incredibly powerful, you could spend hours looking at each one. The 22-year-old started taking photos a little over a year ago, though you wouldn't know that …

Look Who's Buying American Democracy (VIDEO)

According to an investigation by the <i>New York Times</i>, half of all the money contributed so far to Democratic and Republican presidential candidates -- $176 million -- has come from just 158 families, along with the companies they own or control.<p>Who are these people? They're almost entirely white, …

The End of Empathy

When a horrible tragedy unfolds in America, like the shootings in San Bernardino this week, Americans come together in a uniquely American way. We make vicious personal attacks on each other on Facebook and Twitter.<p>Instead of simply expressing shock, revulsion and deep sorrow after the seemingly …

A Book 'Everyone Says' We Must Read. Especially Now: Viktor Frankl's Man's Search For Meaning

Hitler had already occupied Austria when Viktor Frankl, a young Viennese psychiatrist and writer, learned that the United States had approved his request to immigrate. His parents were overjoyed -- their son would escape the Nazis, go off to America and continue his brilliant work.<p>Frankl was …

The Harshest Question We All Face

"True massacres" of which Mother Jones -- a source I put much more credit in than Reddit -- says there were four this year. The bottom line with these is simple, "Against such an attack, it's better to have a shootout than a one sided massacre." The case for hoping there's a least one defender to …

The True Religion

Here's yet another entry from my <i>Opinionated Dictionary of Religion.</i><p><b>The True Religion</b>: <i>noun</i>. The religion that is true, however truth may be construed.<p>Which of ten thousand past, present, and future religions is The True Religion?<p>Here are the choices.<p><b>Option one</b>. Only one religion is true (and …