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Inside Elon Musk’s $1.4 billion score

<b>By Peter Elkind</b><p>Photos by Winni Wintermeyer for Fortune<p>November 14, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT<p><b>The crazy, real-life story of how the CEO of electric-car maker</b> …

Alan Lightman on Our Yearning for Immortality and Why We Long for Permanence in a Universe of Constant Change

<i>“We suffer from a hallucination, from a false and distorted sensation of our own existence as living organisms,”</i> Alan Watts wrote in contemplating how our ego keeps us separate from the universe. <i>“It is almost banal to say so,”</i> Henry Miller observed, <i>“yet it needs to be stressed continually: all is</i> …

Zionism and the Right to Culture

Oct 30, 2014<p>12 Min read time<p>Can Israel Be Both Jewish and Democratic?<p><i>Israel's public education is not secular, but Jewish. David King.</i><p>In October of …

The real-life Indiana Jones on the hunt for lost ancient Mayan cities in Mexico

Photograph: PR<p>The ruins at the three Mayan sites have been dated to the 8th century.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/10/22/1413978669416/6761b5aa-78a2-4010-8454-a3bcb5a3cf09-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: PR<p>The ruins at the three Mayan sites have been dated to the 8th …

David Simon interview: Show Me a Hero, like The Wire, is about the city and self-governance.

“The city to me is the only possible vehicle we have to measure human achievement,” David Simon said earlier this month, in a rapturously-received …

The truth behind America’s most famous gay-hate murder

Photograph: AP<p>Grade-A student: Matthew Shepard was just 5ft 2in and his slight frame gave him an air of vulnerability.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/10/21/1413903884515/b89a2b44-0563-4ae6-8282-80d56394b816-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: AP<p>Grade-A student: Matthew …

2,000 years of European history in 47 seconds

<i>Hat-tip: New Scientist (£)</i><p><b>More: Map - The richest people in Europe, by country</b><p><b>More: The importance of religion around the world in five charts</b>

Simbolna vrednost primera Patria za pravno kulturo

Pri opozarjanju, da pravo nikakor ni izoliran sistem, ki bi mirno počival na nebu abstrakcije, gre (sicer starejši avtor) Hegel še mnogo dlje. …

Why Aren’t More Americans Atheists?

Turns out it has nothing to do with science. And everything to do with politics.<p>Many expressed surprise recently when, in one of its periodic surveys of Americans’ views of other faiths, the Pew Research Center found that atheists fare poorly—fully 40 percent of those polled described their views …

The Future of College?

A brash tech entrepreneur thinks he can reinvent higher education by stripping it down to its essence, eliminating lectures and tenure along with football games, ivy-covered buildings, and research libraries. What if he's right?<p>On a Friday morning in April, I strapped on a headset, leaned into a …

The Polish Lesson: From Communism to Solidarity to Capitalism

When you heard about Lech Walesa endorsing Mitt Romney, saying, "Get your success, be successful," what did you think? Did this inspire confidence in …

Intervju z Alojzom Ihanom: Kot družbo nas je dohitela realnost, ker je mi nismo pravočasno hoteli in znali slediti in obvladovati

Alojz Ihan je zdravnik mikrobiolog in imunolog ter pesnik, pisatelj in esejist. Leta 1987 je diplomiral na Medicinski fakulteti v Ljubljani, leta …

Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League

In the spring of 2008, I did a daylong stint on the Yale admissions committee. We—that is, three admissions staff, a member of the college dean’s …

College & University

The Beginner's Guide to Getting Better Sleep

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>On February 13, 1972, Michel Siffre climbed into a cave in southwest Texas. It would be six months before he saw daylight again.<p>Siffre was a French scientist and a pioneer in chronobiology, which is the study of biological rhythms. The …

Immune System

Contrasting Views of Marriage: The Need for a Defining Principle

Dear Jim:Thanks for agreeing to this exchange about the nature and meaning of marriage. My experience with exercises like this one, conducted in a …

A Line Crossed in the Middle East | Mark Movsesian

Say goodbye to one of the most ancient Christian communities in the world. Last week, members of ISIS—the “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria,” a Sunni …

Howard Jacobson: Let's see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is

I was once in Melbourne when bush fires were raging 20 or 30 miles north of the city. Even from that distance you could smell the burning. Fine …

Israel's Deadly Invasion of Gaza Is Morally Justified

Children are dying in Gaza. In the coming days, more will die. And though many die as shields cruelly used by cynical Hamas terrorists, they are …

Israel

Hail Helvetia

THE euro crisis has recreated a rift between a Germanic north and a Latin south that decades of integration tried to efface. Economists and political …

The Malaysia Airlines Disaster Is Vladimir Putin's Lockerbie Bombing

The catastrophic consequences of the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 go well beyond the 298 needlessly lost souls and the suffering …

Russia

The Twilight of Conservatism?

It’s been almost 60 years since Michael Oakeshott published his seminal essay “On Being Conservative,” just three years after Russell Kirk’s equally …

Moral clarity in Gaza

Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking.<p>“Here’s the difference between us,” …

Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis & the Greatest Friendship Imaginable

July 16, 2014 by Tod Worner<p>I had never heard the term before. <i>Opera Omnia.</i> But, boy, did it sound impressive. It was in the Fall of 2008. Pope …

The free market is an impossible utopia

Fred Block (research professor of sociology at University of California at Davis) and Margaret Somers (professor of sociology and history at the University of Michigan) have a new book, “The Power of Market Fundamentalism: Karl Polanyi’s Critique” (Harvard University Press, 2014). The book argues …

Piketty Is the Anti-Marx

When Karl Marx wrote his magnum opus, <i>Das Kapital</i>, he was responding to a radical change in the nature of economic relations. Industrialization was …