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What became of the Christian intellectuals?

As I write these words, American pundits and political junkies are struggling to come to terms with some curious, even alarming, developments. Donald …

Political Science

This Best-Selling TED Speaker Told Oprah the 5-Step Secret to Happiness

Is it possible to increase your happiness simply by doing these things for only two minutes per day? Yes, says a Harvard-trained happiness researcher and best-selling author.<p>Can you improve your happiness simply by breathing for two minutes a day? Apparently so, says Shawn Achor, Harvard-trained …

The Unsung Hero of Western Science

A friend and pupil of Aristotle, Theophrastus isn’t always credited for launching botany, and much else.<p>In 345 B.C.E., two men took a trip that changed the way we make sense of the natural world. Their names were Theophrastus and Aristotle, and they were staying on Lesbos, the Greek island where …

Aristotle

Reasoned Discourse as a Vital 21st-Century Skill

In this strangest of American election years, discourse, long regarded as the lifeblood of democratic societies, appears more endangered than ever …

“There is just no such thing as God”: A physicist searches for meaning in the natural world

Why are we here? What is our purpose? Only science holds the answers, argues “The Big Picture” author Sean Carroll<p>Clara Moskowitz<p>May 12, 2016 9:45am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>It is time to face reality, California Institute of Technology theoretical physicist …

Amoris Laetitia and the Church's Captivity to Secular Mediocrity

<i>Conor Sweeney teaches at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Melbourne.</i><p>A thought came to me while reading Pope Francis's latest …

Interrogative Love: On Faith and Academia

Asking someone about faith can be a dangerous exercise because, for one thing, they might actually tell you something (whether you actually wanted to hear a response or not). Even more, we human animals are messy, complex, beautiful, terribly weird, filled with stories that ebb and flow like time …

Refugees in Germany: 'I want to integrate, but how?'

Refugees are constantly told that they need to integrate. How are they dealing with that task? Impressions from a Berlin refugee home gathered by …

Chief Scientist At 1-Page Reveals How To Get Started In Machine Learning

<i>What would be your advice to a software engineer who wants to learn machine learning? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Alex Smola, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University and Chief Scientist,</b> …

Machine Learning

God is not a prude: This is why religion remains so sex-obsessed, why we pretend Jesus was born of a virgin

<b>A still from "Eyes Wide Shut"</b><p>Adulterous televangelists. Contraception-denying pro-lifers. Here’s the science behind religion’s fear of sex<p>John C. Wathey<p>February 7, 2016 3:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Illusion of God’s Presence”<p>Why does God want us to mutilate our genitals, and especially those of …

Child Abuse

Would you edit your unborn child’s genes so they were successful?

New technology could bring about the much debated designer baby, but a parent’s desire to do the best for their child could create sociological problems<p>The phrase “designer babies” has been bandied around for decades, but parents seeking to design a baby currently have limited options. They can …

7 Memory Skills That Will Make You Smarter

Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of "Make It Stick: The Science Of Successful Learning."<p>"We need to keep learning and remembering all our lives," they write. "Getting ahead at work takes mastery of job skills and difficult colleagues ... If you're good at …

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