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Jeb Bush is erasing history: Why his comments about Black Americans are even worse than you thought

While the GOP candidate clings to age-old narratives about a moocher class, he ignores the truth about America<p>Ronald Reagan, the scourge of Black America and the hero of the Republican Party, holds great sway over today’s conservatives. Reagan famously talked about black “welfare queens” and …

Computers Can Predict Schizophrenia Based on How a Person Talks

A new study finds an algorithmic word analysis is flawless at determining whether a person will have a psychotic episode.<p>Although the language of thinking is deliberate—<i>let me think, I have to do some thinking</i>—the actual experience of having thoughts is often passive. Ideas pop up like dandelions; …

Consciousness

Can Eye Movement Work Like Therapy?

A controversial treatment shows promise, especially for victims of trauma.<p>It’s straight out of a cartoon about hypnosis: A black-cloaked charlatan swings a pendulum in front of a patient, who dutifully watches and ping-pongs his eyes in turn. (This might be chased with the intonation, “<i>You are</i> …

American Psychiatric Association

Put away your Bible, Justice: The new “religious freedom” arguments are neither

The faithful want to follow a “higher law” than the Supreme Court. Even some justices. Here’s why they’re wrong<p>Pope John Paul II famously declared, back in 2003, that “God’s authentic plan for the family as a community of life [is] founded on marriage, in other words, on the stable and faithful …

Why doesn’t everyone believe in God?: The skeptical brain may hold the answer

Most Americans who grew up in religious households are still religious. But what about the ones who aren’t?<p>Christopher Obal used to be a Christian. He grew up in Queens, New York, and when he was 5 years old, his parents left Catholicism for a very different form of Christianity. While they didn’t …

Proof That One Change Can Completely Transform A Room

You don't have to invest in a full-fledged makeover just to get a new look!<p>You don't have to invest in a full-fledged makeover just to get a new look! These 11 rooms prove that one tiny thing can have an enormous impact.

The Most Secretive Book in History

A bizarre medieval manuscript written in a language no one can read has baffled the world’s best cryptologists, stumped the most powerful …

British Philosophy

Set the Mood: 12 Paint Colors That Are Perfect By Candlelight

Set the mood with these hues.<p>Rich hues that capture all the enchanting qualities of shifting, flickering light — just what you need as the nights grow long.

10 Free Apps That Will Change How You Decorate

Plan, measure, & more with your phone.<p>Whether you're planning, measuring, renovating or redecorating, we've rounded up the best, free home makeover tools for your phone.

22 Contemporary Authors You Absolutely Should Be Reading

These writers are not to be missed.

Books

Bill O'Reilly Denies Fabricating War Zone Experience

<b>Correction appended, Feb. 20</b><p>Bill O’Reilly says there’s no truth to the claim that he exaggerated his experiences reporting on the Falklands War in …

Starbucks CEO: Giuliani's Obama Remarks 'Vicious'

Though he recently told TIME he has no personal political ambitions, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz hasn’t stopped stepping into the political fray.<p>On …

What Thomas Piketty and Larry Summers Don't Tell You About Income Inequality

<i>In a</i> <i>new paper</i> <i>for the Institute For New Economic Thinking’s Working Group on the</i> <i>Political Economy of Distribution</i>, <i>economist Lance Taylor and his colleagues examine income inequality using new tools and models that give us a more nuanced — and frightening —picture than we’ve had before. Their</i> …

The Honor of Senator Joni Ernst

When most people hear "combat veteran," they think firefights with the enemy. But the military defines combat veteran differently -- as soldiers who served in a combat area.<p>Which brings us to Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), one of the GOP's most recent stars. It was Sen. Ernst who was selected to give …

Depression Drug That Works In One Day Passes Key Test

Good drugs for depression have been around for years, but they tend to take weeks to kick in, and don’t work for everyone. Millions of people still need more help.<p>Now a little biotech company, Naurex, is gathering data that suggests it may have a drug that works faster and better than anything on …

Depression

Book Review: Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters

I had lunch today with two friends, both of whom are involved in apologetics ministries. We discussed the biggest weakness among evangelical …

Is This Country Crazy?

<b>Inquiring Minds Elsewhere Want to Know</b><p><i>Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com</i><p>Americans who live abroad -- more than six million of us worldwide (not counting those who work for the U.S. government) -- often face hard questions about our country from people we live among. Europeans, Asians, and Africans …

America’s 10 worst terror attacks by Christian fundamentalists and far-right extremists

From Fox News to the Weekly Standard, neoconservatives have tried to paint terrorism as a largely or exclusively Islamic phenomenon. Their message of …

Cracking the Sitcom Code

After signing up to write a script for Croatian television, I learned that virtually all TV comedies, from Seinfeld to South Park, follow a simple formula.<p>As happens to so many of us, I was asked to write a sitcom for Croatian television. I’m an American ex-pat living in Slovenia, and I know next …

Discovering Colombia’s Lost City

He appears out of the jungle like an apparition—a man from the Wiwa tribe, one of four indigenous groups who call the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains home. In his traditional outfit—white cotton shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and two colorful <i>mochillas</i> strung across one shoulder—he stands …

South America

Why Killing Wolves Might Not Save Livestock

New study fuels debate over how to reduce attacks on cows and sheep.<p>In late August, a government sharpshooter in a helicopter hovering above a wooded eastern Washington hillside killed the lead female wolf of the Huckleberry Pack. The aim was to end attacks by the wolf pack, which had killed more …

Wildlife

Will religion ever disappear?

Atheism is on the rise around the world, so does that mean spirituality will soon be a thing of the past? Rachel Nuwer discovers that the answer is far from simple.<p>A growing number of people, millions worldwide, say they believe that life definitively ends at death – that there is no God, no …

Religion

The propagandists have won: What Fox News and the pornography revolution have in common

Truthiness has replaced truth. Now that we all have our own facts, we may rue the day we personalized the news<p>If you can’t trust your pornography, what can you trust? 
It may seem preposterous to open a piece on the public trust in the media and Internet—and what this means for accountability—by …

Religion’s smart-people problem: The shaky intellectual foundations of absolute faith

Religious belief the world over has a strenuous relationship with intellectualism. But why?<p>Should you believe in a God? Not according to most academic philosophers. A comprehensive survey revealed that only about 14 percent of English speaking professional philosophers are theists. As for what …

You've Got to See What's Inside These Cakes

A surprise inside.<p>Don't judge a book by its cover... Or a cake by its icing. This article originally appeared on redbookmag.com.

Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange review – powerful stories from ancient Arabia

An enchanting treasury of tales from the old orient is translated into English for the first time<p>Perhaps the saddest aspect of the current crises in the Middle East is that many now equate its culture with violence, barbarism and the oppression of women. Yet for hundreds of years, Arab science, …

In Three Minutes, We Can Teach You How to Create Your Very Own Flipboard Magazine

MagMaker / November 7, 2013<p>If you’re just getting started with Flipboard magazines — or just thinking about getting ready to maybe possibly create …

Thomas Frank: The New Republic, the torture report, and the TED talks geniuses who gutted journalism

Zillionaire new media barons think themselves geniuses, not say, really lucky to’ve been Mark Zuckerberg’s roommate<p>Between the crumbling of a landmark Rolling Stone story and the dynamiting of The New Republic, these have been a bad couple of weeks for journalism. But with the release of the Senate …

7 Of The Best Ab Exercises You're Probably Not Doing

Nobody loves ab exercises -- but chances are you're probably doing them anyway.<p>Many of us are plagued by a little extra around the middle, and while ab exercises can't single-handedly undercover six-pack abs (they're in there, somewhere), core workouts <i>can</i> improve your posture and balance, ward off …