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Beauty is truth? There’s a false equation – Philip Ball

Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity is a century old next year and, as far as the test of time is concerned, it seems to have done rather …

Today, Just Be Average

Do you ever “back door brag” about being a perfectionist?<p>Unlike other obsessions and addictions, perfectionism is something a lot of people celebrate, believing it’s an asset. But true perfectionism can actually get in the way of productivity and happiness.<p>I recently interviewed David Burns, author …

What to do with the Redundant Churches After the Demise of Religion?

Some weeks ago I attended a lecture by Daniel Dennett at the Oxford Union on religion. As expected, it was a lively presentation that predicted the …

Doesn't religion cause most of the conflict in the world? | The panel

Rachel Woodlock (Islam)<p>Religion is powerfully motivating and belligerent humans fight over it. Heck, religion has caused conflict even in my diverse …

Why Rituals Work

Think about the last time you were about to interview for a job, speak in front of an audience, or go on a first date. To quell your nerves, chances …

How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge

For all of the books (thousands) written on leadership, individuals (millions) who have participated in leadership seminars and dollars (billions) invested in leadership development, too many leadership experts still fail to distinguish between the practice of leadership and the exercise of …

The Baby in the Well

The case against empathy.<p>In 2008, Karina Encarnacion, an eight year-old girl from Missouri, wrote to President-elect Barack Obama with some advice about what kind of dog he should get for his daughters. She also suggested that he enforce recycling and ban unnecessary wars. Obama wrote to thank her, …

“Frances Ha” and the Pursuit of Happiness

If pain is a reliable measure of truth, then Frances, the protagonist of Noah Baumbach’s new film, “Frances Ha” (played by Greta Gerwig, who also co-wrote it)—who sets herself adrift in the stream of time and gets caught in a waterfall—is utterly <i>dans le vrai</i>. Frances is a twenty-seven-year-old …

Mike Jay · Argument with Myself: Memorylessness

Something like this happened to the most famous case of amnesia in 20th-century science, a man known only as ‘H.M.’ until his death in 2008. When he …

Michael Sandel: This much I know

<b>In the past few years</b> we have moved from having a market economy to living in a market society, in which just about everything is up for sale.<p><b>I am</b> …

IASC: The Hedgehog Review - Volume 15, No. 1 (Spring 2013) - Ethics and the Limits of Evolutionary Psychology - Thomas de Zengotita

<i>The Hedgehog Review</i>: Vol. 15, No. 1 (Spring 2013)<p>Ethics and the Limits of Evolutionary Psychology<p>Thomas de Zengotita<p>Reprinted from <i>The Hedgehog Review</i> …

Christians should abandon Christianity

The author of “The Idolatry of God” says religion’s become a commodity — and a distraction<p>"The Idolatry of God: Breaking Our Addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction" by Peter Rollins<br>Howard Books, 2013<p>For Peter Rollins, Belfast native and leading writer and thinker in the Emergent Christian …

Jane Jacobs Was Right: Gradual Redevelopment Does Promote Community

Mind and Cosmos: Philosopher Thomas Nagel’s Brave Critique of Scientific Reductionism

<i>“The purpose of science is not to cure us of our sense of mystery and wonder,”</i> Stanford’s Robert Sapolsky famously noted, <i>“but to constantly reinvent and reinvigorate it.”</i> And yet, we live in a media culture that warps seeds of scientific understanding into sensationalist, definitive headlines about …

A Calendar of Wisdom: Tolstoy on Knowledge and the Meaning of Life

On March 15, 1884, <b>Leo Tolstoy</b> (September 9, 1828–November 20, 1910) wrote in his diary:<p>I have to create a circle of reading for myself: Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Lao-Tzu, Buddha, Pascal, The New Testament. This is also necessary for all people.<p>So he set out to compile “a wise thought for every …

The Best Books on Atheism

You mentioned in your email that the books you’ve chosen are ones you consider essential to understanding the merits of atheism. Can you explain what …

Religion Without God

<i>Before he died on February 14, Ronald Dworkin sent to</i> The New York Review <i>a text of his new book,</i> Religion Without God<i>, to be published by Harvard</i> …