Thomas Hyde

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Stephen Colbert reveals the truth about his “Colbert Report” character: “I had to actually leave — I had to change”

Colbert explains why he was ready to say goodbye and the struggle to “not let people in”<p>In TIME's cover story this week, a profile of soon-to-be "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert, we learn a great deal. For example: As a child, Colbert said he was "occasionally reckless," destroying cars and …

The Late Show

Dear White America: I know it’s hard, but you have to acknowledge what’s happening in this country

One year after Michael Brown was killed, we’re finally talking about privilege. But we need to do even more<p>As we mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of young Mike Brown and the uprisings it sparked in Ferguson, much-needed conversations about race that have occurred as a result are …

Michael Jordan

Would Voters Entrust The White House To An Atheist?

In a 1958 poll of Americans, only 18 percent of respondents said they would vote for a generally well-qualified presidential candidate nominated by their political party if that person happened to be an atheist. In 2015, that number has jumped to 58 percent.<p>Yet, even today, 40 percent of …

Psychology

Black People Should Stop Expecting White America to ‘Wake Up’ to Racism

Here’s how African-Americans can and will play the same game everyone else is, even if the rules are stacked against them. Demanding new rules or a …

“Some of them asked if the slaves got paid”: True stories from a former plantation tour guide

The real nature of chattel slavery often eludes white Americans, former historical guide tells Salon<p>After more than 50 years of defiance and another 13 hours of legislative debate, the Legislature of South Carolina decided early on Thursday that it would finally remove the Confederate battle flag …

Black History

An Investigation of Intimacy: Brigitte Lacombe’s Astounding Celebrity Portraits

<b>Brigitte Lacombe</b>’s photography is an investigation of intimacy. Instead of public faces hitting their marks with weary familiarity, she shows us friends caught with friends, in secretive moments. Celebrated people, under her eye, enact the complicity of the happily absorbed; the magic of her work …

Los Angeles

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I’m raising my children atheist in the Bible Belt

My neighbors can think whatever they like. I don’t need God to teach my children right from wrong<p>My son M, 8 years old, is growing up in Atlanta. This is a fine thing: Atlanta has wonderful food, glorious natural beauty, and some of the most genuinely friendly people you will ever meet.<p>It’s also …

Religion

7 truths about the mind you missed in psychology class

The longer you live, the more you realize that the difference between success and magnificent failure lies in how well you understand people. If you’re like many, that fact makes you regret not having studied psychology. I hate to be the one to tell you, but holding both a BSc. and an MSc. in …

Shocking Secrets of the Processed Food Industry

<b>By Dr. Mercola</b><p>You've probably heard that avoiding processed foods is one of the keys to staying healthy, but do you understand why, exactly?<p>Scottish …

What If? 19 Alternate Histories Imagining a Very Different World

Alternate history, long popular with fiction writers, has also been explored by historians and journalists. Here are some of their intriguing …

Ben & Skip’s bogus journey: We need to face Affleck’s slave-owning ancestor — and mine — now more than ever

Trust me, Ben, my family story is worse — but telling the truth about history might set white America free at last<p>So Ben Affleck didn’t want to talk about his slave-owning ancestor on TV with Henry Louis Gates Jr. Or rather with “Skip,” the nickname Affleck repeatedly used for Gates in his …

Black History

Why Consciousness Exists: Douglas Rushkoff on Science, God, and the Purpose of Reality

What to make of the fact “that something wonderfully strange is going on in the dimension we call reality.”<p><i>“If we ever reach the point where we think we thoroughly understand who we are and where we came from,”</i> Carl Sagan wrote in his magnificent meditation on science and spirituality, <i>“we will have</i> …

How big is the universe … compared with a grain of sand? - video

'You'll never get your head around how big the universe is,' warns astronomer Pete Edwards of the University of Durham in this film about measuring astronomical distances. 'There are as many stars in the universe as there are grains of sand on the Earth.' So how far is a light year? And supposing …

Why animals don’t get schizophrenia (and people do)

Research reveals an evolutionary link between the disorder and what makes us human<p>Many of us have known a dog on Prozac. We've also witnessed the eye rolls that come with canine psychiatry. Doting pet owners—myself included—ascribe all sorts of questionable psychological ills to our pawed …

Neuroscience

6 Important Things To Know About How Your Brain Learns

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>Whether you want to learn a new language, learn to cook, take up a musical instrument, or just get more out of the books you read, it helps to know how your brain learns.<p>While everyone learns slightly differently, we do have similarities in the way our …

Noam Chomsky: “Intentional ignorance” fuels American racism

Linguist and activist tackles America’s original sin in new interview<p>Racism is deeply embedded in the institutions of American life, and has been enabled by an "intentional ignorance" of inconvenient truths, Noam Chomsky says in a new interview.<p>Speaking with the philosopher George Yancy for a …

Noam Chomsky

10 ways America can stop terrorizing its citizens (and the rest of the world)

We refuse to think of ourselves as barbaric, and yet our War on Terror is exactly that. It’s time we put it to rest<p>Dear American Patriot,<p>I wish I knew your name. I’ve been thinking about you, about all of us actually and our country, and meaning to write for a while to explain myself. Let me start …

Political Science

No one could describe the color 'blue' until modern times

It's about the way that humans see the world and how until we have a way to describe something, even something so fundamental as a color, we may not even notice that it's there.<p>Until relatively recently in human history, "blue" didn't exist, not in the way we think of it.<p>As the delightful Radiolab …

Linguistics

The Legacy Of Booker T. Washington Revisited

Let's face it, Booker T. Washington has a serious image problem. He was perhaps the most influential black man in America during the late 1800s, but is often remembered today as being subservient, a sellout even.<p>Yes, he pursued racial equality with discretion. His famous "Atlanta Compromise" speech …

Black History

Syd Barrett, 1970

Syd Barrett, 1970.

Geography in the News: Swirling Ocean Garbage Dumps

Changing Planet<p><i>By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM</i><p><b>The Great Swirling Pacific Garbage Patch</b><p>Ocean pollution is growing at an astonishing rate.<p>On June 1, 2008, two scientists and a photographer/blogger sailed from Long Beach, California, and headed westward across the …

An illustrated guide to our collapsing Antarctic glaciers

Structurally critical glaciers from the West Antarctic ice sheet are disappearing way faster than we realized, two teams of scientists recently reported.<p>Their papers—one from NASA and the University of California, Irvine, the other from the University of Washington—both say there’s nothing we can …

Global Warming

Big Thinkers on the Only Things Worth Worrying About

In his famous and wonderfully heartening letter of fatherly advice, F. Scott Fitzgerald gave his young daughter Scottie a list of things to worry and not worry about in life. Among the unworriables, he named popular opinion, the past, the future, triumph, and failure “unless it comes through your …

8 Great Philosophical Questions That We'll Never Solve

Philosophy goes where hard science can't, or won't. Philosophers have a license to speculate about everything from metaphysics to morality, and this …