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The Secret to Learning a Foreign Language as an Adult

<i>Answer by David Bailey, CEO of Spotnight, on Quora.</i><p>I’ve learned several foreign languages as an adult. I was able to learn French to conversation …

A Profound Contradiction of Human Existence

“<i>Science does not reveal the meaning of our existence, but it does draw back some of the veils.</i>”<p>“Be not deceived,” Epictetus writes in <i>The Discourses</i>, …

The 10 Richest People of All Time

A comparison of wealth across history<p>Who had more money, John D. Rockefeller or Genghis Khan? It’s a simple question with a very difficult …

Canada’s Growing Jihadi Cancer

The border that terrorists are most likely to cross into the United States is not the one with Mexico, but Canada.<p>Ignore growing Muslim …

Al-Baghdadi Zeroes In On Libya: The Next Evolution of Islamic State

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has recently been reported to be in Sirte, Libya<p>On November 12, during a televised interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, President Barack Obama famously announced that, "ISIL had been contained." Less than 24 hours later Islamic State (IS) militants from three …

This Is How ISIS Has Spread Beyond Syria and Iraq

After consolidating territory in Syria and Iraq, ISIS has launched a different strategy to spread its influence in places like Egypt. BuzzFeed News' Borzou Daragahi reports on how the militant powerhouse absorbs local affiliates across the Middle East.<p>CAIRO — His killers knew who he was and where …

There Is Now Only One Country Left in the World Where Women Can't Vote

Saturday marks the first Saudi Arabian election in which women will be allowed to both run for office and vote in municipal elections.<p>In a statement …

ISIS is tearing Europe apart

We should recognize that the "terrorists" in the recent Paris attacks were mostly French or Belgian citizens, raised in Muslim ghettos (let's call them what they are) where youth unemployment is 40% or more.<p>There are going to be more terrorist attacks in Europe and each will make more European …

Europe

How Ancient Rome Killed Democracy

It didn’t take all that much to tip a great civilization into the shackles of empire.<p>Rome holds a special place in the popular imagination. Cast as a …

44 Things People Say When They Are Stuck

If you're terrified of change, growth, learning, and success, memorize these phrases and use them often--because they're all but guaranteed to keep you from moving ahead.<p>Change doesn't happen by magic but as a result of taking action. If you want to move ahead in your business, if you want to excel …

3 Issues to Consider Before Assessing the Qur'an

This semester, I took an introductory course about the Qur'an in order to fulfill a university requirement. As a Political Science major, I hoped to emerge from the onslaught of final exams in December with a clearer understanding of why Muslim governments operate the way they do, particularly in …

Religion

100 years on, is this Einstein’s greatest gift to human understanding? | Paul Davies

The detection of gravitational waves will open up a new spectrum of the universe – finally demonstrating a theory presented a century ago<p>History may judge 2015 as the year when mankind opened up a completely new window on the universe, exactly a century after Albert Einstein laid the scientific …

Physics

This is the best map of the United States you'll ever see

The five most recent winners were all maps designed by large, well-known institutions: National Geographic (three times), the Central Intelligence Agency Cartography Center, and the U.S. Census Bureau.<p>But earlier this year, the 38th annual Best of Show award went to a map created by Imus …

Maps

5 reasons why modern wing-nuts would’ve hated the founding fathers

<b>Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson (Wikimedia)</b><p>While the right constantly points to the founding fathers as exemplars of its philosophy, the truth is more nuanced<p>Matthew Rozsa<p>November 27, 2015 12:58pm (UTC)<p>If you’re a Democrat (or, for that matter, a progressive of any stripe) …

10 Mind-Blowing Books That People Who Love Thinking Can't Miss

What Higher Consciousness Really Means, How We Attain It, and What It Does for the Human Spirit

“At such moments, the world reveals itself as quite different: a place of suffering and misguided effort … but also a place of tenderness and longing, beauty, and touching vulnerability. “<p><i>“[Leonardo da Vinci’s] unique brain wiring … allowed him the opportunity to experience the world from the</i> …

Leading Harvard physicist has a radical new theory for why humans exist

For example, an astrophysicist might say that the chemical components of our bodies were first forged in the nuclear fires of stars.<p>On the other hand, an evolutionary biologist might look at the similarities between our DNA and that of other primates' and conclude we evolved from apes.<p>Lisa Randall, …

Dark Matter

How to Live Your Best Life, According to a Roman Emperor

Marcus Aurelius has been read for 1800 or so years now and he’s arguably just as relevant today as he was when he was ruler of the Roman …

If Isis did target Russian plane, what does it mean for 'war on terror'?

Likely motivation for any Islamic State role would be Moscow’s action in Syria rather than move towards global terror strategy<p>If Islamic State did bring down a packed passenger jet over the Sinai desert, as many US and UK officials believe is a “significant possibility”, then the act would mark a …

The water wars are coming: Civilization will never survive climate calamity

Delegates from 200 nations are convening in Paris for a climate summit. It should be treated as a peace conference<p>Michael Klare<p>November 5, 2015 8:15am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>At the end of November, delegations from nearly 200 countries will convene in Paris for what is …

5 Books Guaranteed to Unlock Your Creative Genius

Why does it seem like some people can effortlessly “follow their passions”, while others can’t? What’s the secret of successful entrepreneurs and …

Creativity

Obama Gets It Right in the South China Sea

President Barack Obama sent the Navy in harm's way this week and it turned out fine. Having gotten what it's going to get, at least for now, from China, the Obama administration at last challenged China's absurd claim of sovereignty over far distant artificial islands it's built in the South China …

What is Mind Power and How Should You Use it?

Energy is the source of everything and filling the entire universe and dimension. Every creation has energy with its unique specific frequency …

Spirituality

Philosophy of Religion: The Nature of God

God of hosts - Viktor Vasnetsov<p>Before I can talk about arguments for and against the existence of God, I need to talk a bit about the nature of God. …

The War Between Science and Religion Is (Slowly) Coming to an End

A new Pew study shows that Americans are embracing common sense.<p>Over the past 10 years, a small industry has developed pitting religious people against secular people and vice versa. Preachers, like Mike Huckabee, claim that unbelievers are waging a war against American values, by which they mean …

The Search for the God Algorithm

So far no one has discovered the Master Algorithm that can reap and sort all knowledge, but not for want of trying. A new book details the hunt for …

All of the ways US intelligence thought Hitler may try to disguise himself

Fearful that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler would attempt to flee Germany, US intelligence tried to predict what the Führer would look like if he altered his appearance.<p>The Office of Strategic Services, a precursor to the CIA, hired American make-up artist Eddie Senz to alter Hitler's portrait in various …

Normandy Campaign