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Wittgenstein Explains Why We Always Misunderstand One Another on the Internet

The best class I took in college was on the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Until that point, I had avoided philosophy of language as simply being …

Ludwig Wittgenstein

What Non-Believing Muslims Say About Faith In The World's Largest Muslim Country

<i>This blog originally appeared on USC's Center for Religion and Civic Culture website.</i><p>"If Islam is a religion of peace, why are people so violent?"<p>That rhetorical question brought me up short. I wasn't watching Pamela Geller's latest piece of Islamophobic stagecraft or listening to a stump speech …

In Victoria, Harassing Women at Abortion Clinics No Longer Counts As Free Speech

The government has signalled support for a bill that priorities safe access to medical treatment over the right to protest.<p>If you've ever walked past an abortion clinic, you've more than likely encountered a small army of anti-abortion protesters camped outside.<p>For decades women who visit East …

Rights & Freedoms

5 habits that helped turn ordinary people into self-made millionaires

Habits save the brain work and conserve brain fuel. There is very little processing power involved with respect to habits.<p>So what does that have to do with being rich? I studied 177 self-made millionaires and uncovered certain unique good habits that made it possible for them to automatically …

Self-improvement

This Funky Tattoo Artist’s Work Should Be in a Museum

If you’re going to make a permanent statement, it doesn’t get much bigger, bolder, and brighter than designs from our latest #tattooercrush, the Berlin-based Peter Aurisch. His impactful and artistic technique would make Pablo Picasso proud. Read on to peep some of his most eye-catching ink.<p>1. …

Art

If You Sit at a Computer All Day This Mobility Exercise Will Change Your Life in 30 Seconds

If you're like me, you probably spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen.<p>In fact, you probably spend a lot of time in a hunched over position. Whether it's sitting at a desk, in a car, or on the couch, the default position for many people is shoulders forward, hips flexed, back slightly …

Jon Stewart’s real threat to Fox News: You don’t get to define patriotism!

Post-9/11, critiquing the right meant you hated the country. Stewart was the perfect foil for that false patriotism<p>As we enter the final days of Jon Stewart’s tenure as host of “The Daily Show” there has been a flurry of information about Stewart’s impact. Beyond top 10 lists, we have also learned …

29 Travel Hacks Even Frequent Fliers Don't Know

Instead of insulting your intelligence with “hacks” like “pack light,” or “bring an empty water bottle,” we’ve put together a list of tips and tricks …

Democracy is only for rich white guys: A definitive explanation for America’s most shocking inequalities

A wealth of research data now demonstrates what should be obvious: The law only advances certain people’s interests<p>More than a century ago, German scholar Werner Sombart published a book entitled "Warum gibt es in den Vereinigten Staaten keinen Sozialismus?" or, “Why Is There No Socialism in the …

Bernie Sanders Has a Secret

Vermont, his son and the hungry early years that made him the surging socialist he is today.<p>One morning last month in Burlington, Vermont, at the law office of John Franco, one of Bernie Sanders’ best friends since the 1970s, Franco talked to me at length about Sanders’ commitment and his …

Middle-class

5 Knots You Need to Know How to Tie at All Times

We’re doing something different today with our Knot of the Week series and taking a look at five knots that you should know how to tie at all times. …

GOP’s cowardly Confederate flag move perfectly crystallizes their Donald Trump problem on race

Southern Republicans made a last ditch attempt to save the flag. Boehner scrambled to avoid the shame of a vote<p>On Thursday, GOP House Speaker John Boehner failed to accomplish what Republican South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley did: he couldn’t rally his caucus behind a bipartisan decision to take down …

How I Learned to Spend Time Alone

I take myself on dates. I go to the movies alone. I wander museums alone. I eat meals alone (and yes, that means I resist all temptation to scroll through Instagram while waiting for my meal). I sit in coffee shops and journal alone. I take the train and go to new towns and walk around alone.<p>I …

Bill O’Reilly warns Stephen Colbert about “alienating traditional Americans” like Justice Antonin Scalia

“It could be very bad for business,” he said<p>On "The O'Reilly Factor" Monday night, host Bill O'Reilly took a break from his war on anti-racism to warn Stephen Colbert that if he wants to keep his job on "The Late Show," he better think twice about "alienating traditional Americans" like Antonin …

Want to Be an Ally in the Fight Against Racism? Two Teens Show How It's Done

Every American has a moral responsibility to fight racism and injustice. What happened at a pool party in the Craig Ranch North community in McKinney, Texas, this week was but one more example that that fight is by no means over. If there is one heartening thing we can take from that afternoon's …

11 ways white America avoids taking responsibility for its racism

White people are all too quick to cite their good intentions. Unconsciously, they aim to preserve white supremacy<p>I am white. I write and teach about what it means to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet remains deeply divided by race. A fundamental but very challenging part of …

Australian men are still using this defence to justify violence

Christopher Cullen. <i>Photo: Sahlan Hayes</i><p>Although we still have a long way to go, it seems like the messages around violence against women in Australia …

What It's Like To Smoke Pot Every Day For 50 Years

Catherine Hiller, 68, is a stoner. She’s a mother of three boys, author of six books, and has been lighting up for nearly half a century. She’s never …

The American dream goes to hell: How colleges are shutting their doors—and leaving students with the bill

At its height, Corinthian Colleges ran 127 different campuses. Now it’s abandoning its students to crippling debt<p>For years, financial-industry mouthpieces warned of the dangers of strategic default, the idea that if you give homeowners relief on their mortgages, they would simply stop paying to get …

The Avengers’ Black Widow Problem: How Marvel Slut-Shamed Their Most Badass Superheroine

In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Scarlett Johansson’s badass agent Natasha Romanoff is once again used to service the storyline of a male hero.<p>The thing …

Marvel Universe

Kanye reveals what’s really behind his “crazy person” rants

Kanye waxes lyrical in this upbeat personal essay in “Paper” magazine<p>This week, Kanye followed in Kim’s footsteps by getting his own “Paper” magazine cover. While he didn’t break the internet — the cover is a rather tasteful booty-free headshot— hip-hop's reigning provocateur kept it three hundred …

From Socks To Sex Toys: Inside America’s Subscription-Box Obsession

Call it the Birchbox Effect: You can now have pretty much anything delivered monthly to your door. Will the bubble-wrap bubble ever burst?<p>While online shopping has made our lives so much easier, it also has its problems. For instance, we don’t get to sample new products to see how they feel or …

One is not born, but rather becomes, a Hillary Clinton: What Harry Reid gets wrong about women in politics

Reid thinks a Clinton win is inevitable because Americans want a lighter, feminine touch in the White House<p>Harry Reid is retiring at the end of this term, and he’s doing a lot of thinking about the future of the Democratic Party as he inches closer to sweet, sweet retirement.<p>Looking ahead to 2016, …

7 feminist podcasts that are way, way sexier than “Serial”

True crime might be topping the charts lately, but talking about sex (and love and tears and beauty) never gets old<p>Two things I spend a lot of time doing are riding the subway and thinking about sex. Many months ago, I discovered that I could add a third activity to these dominant two, to create a …

You’re praying to the wrong God: What organized religion gets wrong about prayer

Here’s how science and spirituality might find common ground — and learn something about the universe<p>The power of praying comes from daring to enter that mysterious place between the emerging God and us. But it’s not an empty space—it’s our own selves on progressively larger size scales, where we …

Gloria Steinem

Uber isn’t driving gender equality: Why its new hiring scheme is a road to nowhere

The ride-for-hire app company has a well-known woman problem. It’s latest PR ploy doesn’t offer much of a solution<p>There have been a lot of ridiculous claims made about apps and what is loosely called “the sharing economy.” And, to be fair, not all of them have been made by tech boosters. But the …

Michelle Obama, Race and the Ivy League

The education of a future first lady.<p>In 1988, a group of black students at Harvard Law School compiled a report designed to recognize the growing achievements of black students on campus and share their wisdom with newcomers. The longest essay in the 50-page newsletter was written by a 24-year-old …

College & University

This Personality Trait Leads To Wealth And Happiness; Do You Have It?

Dear Business Owner,<p>The last time we talked, I know I was pretty hard on you, telling you the 7 Reasons You Won’t Ever Be Successful.<p>But I want to make it up to you. And I think I can.<p>Let’s leave the past behind us. No hard feelings, okay? Let’s focus on the future. On what you <i>can</i> do to be …

If only you could swipe right to find friends

Loneliness happens and the internet can be a tool against it – at least when it comes to romance. So why can’t that be true for friendship?<p>If I were in the market for a new boyfriend, I’d have my pick of apps and sites that could help me browse and narrow the field of potential suitors. Dating …