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10 Outstanding Short Stories To Read in 2017

<i>Below is a guest post from Mumbai-based writer-filmmaker—and longtime #longreads contributor—Pravesh Bhardwaj (@AuteurPravesh).</i><p>I’ve been doing this …

Farming Timeline: Ants Were Growing Food Long Before Humans

It is generally understood that human society turned to agriculture about 10,500 years ago in the region that is the Middle East today, and that turn …

The non-western books that every student should read

The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon<p>I teach it to my first years and return to the book through their degree. It is the perfect introduction to complex ideas: oppressive socio-economic political structures, forms of resistance and defiance, and the point at which violence becomes justifiable. …

Books

5 Most Popular Books of the Month: July, 2016

<i>We love to geek out with stats, and what could be better than using them to see which books Book Riot readers were most interested in? Below are the</i> …

What’s The Matter With Poetry?

Once, in my youth, I took a graduate philosophy seminar I thought would be about law and justice: Instead we discussed the semantic implications of …

25 American classics everyone should read at least once

Miriam Tuliao, the assistant director of central collection development at the New York Public Library, helped us create a list of 25 American classics everyone should read. From John Steinbeck's masterpiece to Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," these 25 titles are worth your time.<p><i>Do you think another</i> …

Scientists Have Recorded This Eerie 'Music' From 13-Billion-Year-Old Stars

Weird.<p>The technology we use to peer out into deep space is becoming amazingly more powerful all the time, which means scientists are tapping into a …

A Dangerous Mind: The Tragic Circumstances That Made Artist Issa Ibrahim A Killer

In 1990, in the midst of a schizophrenic break, Issa Ibrahim killed his mother. Two decades on, he’s a prolific artist and author who told The Daily …

Rotating tiny house in Portland soaks up sunshine all day long

Have you ever wished the windows on your house faced a different direction so you could soak up those last few hours of sunlight? PATH Architecture …

Why many hospice doctors like me won't participate in legal physician assisted suicide

On June 9 California will join four other states — Oregon, Washington, Vermont and Montana — in allowing physician-assisted suicide. Meanwhile, my state, Arizona, and a dozen or so others are considering their own "right to die" laws. As a hospice physician, about twice a year I am asked by a …

Stand to Reason Blog

“The Bible is full of contradictions!” We hear it all the time from skeptics and atheists as if it’s common knowledge. But is it true?<p>I’ve devoted …

Think big, be free, have sex … 10 reasons to be an existentialist

I was a teenage existentialist. I became one at 16 after spending birthday money from my granny on Jean-Paul Sartre’s <i>Nausea</i>. It was the cover that attracted me, with its Dalí painting of a dripping watch and sickly green rock formation, plus a blurb describing it as “a novel of the alienation of …

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Why are so many smart people such idiots about philosophy?

There’s no doubt that Bill Nye “the Science Guy” is extremely intelligent. But it seems that, when it comes to philosophy, he’s completely in the dark. The beloved American science educator and TV personality posted a video last week where he responded to a question from a philosophy undergradabout …

18 renovation apps to know for your next project

Everybody needs a little help sometimes<p>Embarking on a home renovation project is no easy feat, but thanks to today's advances in internet technology, there is probably a stellar app out there ready to assist with every part of the process.<p>Below, we rounded up 15 standouts across three …

Home Improvement

Books that Bill Gates wants you to read

Share50<p>Tweet<p>Share47<p>+14<p>Shares 101<p><i>Get our latest app for startup stories, news, ideas, research and analysis.</i> <i>Install Now »</i><p>Continuing an ongoing …

Insects are conscious, claims major paper that could show us how our own thoughts began

Insects have a form of consciousness, according to a new paper that might show us how our own began.<p>Brain scans of insects appear to indicate that …

20 words William Shakespeare used completely differently to you

Shakespeare’s complete works (38 plays, 154 sonnets, and five full-length narrative poems, in case you're wondering) contain a total of 31,534 different words, roughly half of which he only used once, and just over 1,500 of which (around 1 in every 20) had seemingly never been used in written …

Literature

Statins do cause muscle pain, scientists conclude

Statins really do cause painful muscle cramps, scientists have found, vindicating hundreds of thousands of people who have repeatedly claimed to have suffered debilitating side-effects.<p>Researchers say that alternative treatments are just as effective and should be prescribed to people who cannot …

'Mad Max' Is A Lot Scarier When You Realize That's Where We Could Be Headed

Climate change was front and center at the Oscars.<p>Two winners at Sunday night's Academy Awards used their time on stage to warn audiences about the dangers of climate change -- and it turns out that science supports many of their claims.<p>Specifically, some scientists say it could be possible for the …

Why Unbelief Isn't Mainly an Intellectual Problem

The views expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of The Christian Post or its editors.<p>Expand | Collapse<p>A few weeks …

Why It Is Heresy to Read the Bible Literally: An Interview with John Shelby Spong

Security sells. That’s why, says retired Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong, despite his best-selling controversial...

Science News' favorite books of 2015

This biography of Alexander von Humboldt explores how the 19th century German naturalist’s expeditions helped lay the groundwork for our modern …

Buddhism and the Messiness of Everyday Thinking

I am sitting in the Forest Refuge dining hall eating my breakfast oatmeal. I'm 4 weeks into a 3-month silent meditation retreat. My mind, however, is anything but silent: I'm in a fierce argument with the estate of songwriter Jimmy Webb.<p><i>Papancha</i>. It's a Pali word often translated as "endless mental …

The Art Of Mindfulness: 13 Motivational Habits We Must Develop

Mindfulness is all about living in the moment without worrying about things that happened in the past or things that are going to occur in the …

23 Books Everyone Should Read, According to Mark Zuckerberg

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Can atheists know meaning and purpose?

The atheists' claim that we can find purpose in a purposeless universe requires their followers to perform intellectual summersaults and to act …

Behind NatGeo’s Search For God In Religion And Science

Brain Games and The Story of God tackle existential angst and the intersection of religion, culture, and neuroscience.<p>An exploration of the world’s cultures isn’t complete without examining their relationship to the divine. This season, two National Geographic series undertake that mission:<p><i>Brain</i> …

Christopher Hitchens’ last years: Islam, the Iraq war and how a man of the left found his moment by breaking with the left

Hitch despised Clintons, religion and authoritarianism. After 9/11, he moved toward war. His flaw? George W. Bush<p>During the later part of the 1990s it was Bill Clinton, curiously, who was the only subject who seemed to get under Christopher Hitchens’s skin as irri­tatingly as the neoconservatives. …