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Discussion: Which Works of Philosophical Fiction Are On Your Summer Reading List?

Philosophical fiction seems to be an uncomfortable topic of conversation. To have written fiction counts for next to nothing on an academic CV and …

Learning to Die in the Anthropocene

I am a bad Buddhist. I don’t meditate every day, and some weeks, I feel lucky if I find the time to meditate at all. I go to zendo in rare spurts, a …

9punkt - Die Debattenrundschau vom 31.03.2016

. Die <i>Zeit</i> lauscht den düsteren Prophezeiungen über Europa und den Terror. Und dieser Terror hat durchaus "" zu tun, erklärt der Religionspädagoge …

Weltnachrichten

America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny

Democracies end<p>when they are too democratic.<p>And right now, America is a breeding ground for tyranny.<p>Illustration by Zohar Lazar<p>As this dystopian …

Political Science

The return of eugenics

Researchers don’t like the word – but they're running ahead with the idea, and Britain is at the forefront<p>The only way of cutting off the constant stream of idiots and imbeciles and feeble-minded persons who help to fill our prisons and workhouses, reformatories, and asylums is to prevent those who …

Art as Experience: John Dewey on Why the Rhythmic Highs and Lows of Life Are Essential to Its Creative Completeness

“In life that is truly life, everything overlaps and merges.”<p><i>“Artists have no choice but to express their lives,”</i> Anne Truitt wrote in her penetrating reflection on the crucial difference between being an artist and making art. This creative inevitability is at the center of artistic endeavor and …

Creativity

You Don't Need More Time, You Just Need to Spend It Doing What Matters

There’s a common misconception that everything in life comes down to time. Every day I find myself slipping into these same statements: <i>If only I had</i> …

What Is an Emotion? William James’s Revolutionary 1884 Theory of How Our Bodies Affect Our Feelings

“A purely disembodied human emotion is a nonentity.”<p><i>“Emotions are not just the fuel that powers the psychological mechanism of a reasoning creature,”</i> philosopher Martha Nussbaum wrote in her masterful treatise on the intelligence of the motions, <i>“they are parts, highly complex and messy parts, of</i> …

Emotional Intelligence

The United States is teaming up with Al Qaeda, again

One morning early in 1988, Ed McWilliams, a foreign-service officer posted to the American Embassy in Kabul, heard the thump of a massive explosion …

Living on the Dark Side: Typical day in the life of Ukrainian Darth Vader (PHOTOS)

Imperial ambitions and dark side deeds are no excuse from chores, especially for a Ukrainian Internet Party leader, who officially changed his name …

Mike Wallace Interviews Ayn Rand (1959)

I'm no fan of Ayn Rand, but I found this footage intriguing. Back before <i>60 Minutes</i>, Mike Wallace had his own TV interview show, <i>The Mike Wallace</i> …

Always Know What to Say with the "History/Philosophy/Metaphor" Rule

Nothing makes a conversation more awkward than silence. Improv comedy rules can be used to help improve your life in a lot of ways, and social …

The 15 Best Philosophical Movies of The 21st Century

8. Gone Baby Gone<p>Ben Affleck’s best film (and don’t let anyone kid you about Argo, which is good but not this good), Gone Baby Gone is an exploration …

Kommentar: Jetzt tut endlich etwas!

In Paris versammeln sich heute rund 150 Regierungschefs, um dem UN-Klimagipfel zu Beginn politischen Schub zu geben. Es wird höchste Zeit, dass sie …

Wissenschaft

33 books everyone should read before turning 30

While the only way to learn is to survive the inevitable cycle of successes and failures, it is always useful to have some guidance along the way.<p>To help you out, we've selected some of our favorite books that likely never made your high-school or college reading lists.<p>It's an eclectic selection …

Books

An Essay On Life By The Man Whose Death Inspired A Movement

The following blog was shared with The Huffington Post by Frances Chen, wife of the late Shalin Shah. This personal essay was written on October 17, 2011 when Shalin was 19 years old. On May 16, 2015, Shalin died nine months after being diagnosed with cancer. His death inspired the …

The Buddha Part II: What He Got Right and What He Got Wrong

There are many elements of Gautama's philosophy that are compelling and useful, but some of his main ideas are antiquated and riddled with irreconcilable contradictions (such as soulless rebirth and blissful equanimity). It's worthwhile separating what he got right from what he got wrong.<p><b>What did</b> …

16 Deal Breakers for People Who Are Stuck in Toxic Relationships

True confession: even though I’m a psychologist I’ve found myself stuck in a few toxic relationships over the years. Each time I’d wake up in a cold …

3 Buddhist Beliefs That Will Rock Your World (And Make You Much Happier!)

You don't have to practice yoga or follow an Ayurvedic diet to benefit from Buddhist ideas (but if you do, more power to you).<p>So whether or not you …

Meditation

The Ben Carson Contradiction

By all accounts, Ben Carson is a brilliant pediatric neurosurgeon. He was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital until he …

Evidence-Based Medicine

Why We Look Down on People Who Don’t Earn Very Much

In his consulting room at Berggasse 19, in central Vienna, Sigmund Freud came…<p>Many of us want to start our own businesses. Public space is filled …

The Four Desires Driving All Human Behavior: Bertrand Russell’s Magnificent Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

“Nothing in the world is more exciting than a moment of sudden discovery or invention, and many more people are capable of experiencing such moments than is sometimes thought.”<p><b>Bertrand Russell</b> (May 18, 1872–February 2, 1970) endures as one of humanity’s most lucid and luminous minds — an oracle of …

Nobel Prize