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Making Athens Great Again

How does a citizen respond when a democracy that prides itself on being exceptional betrays its highest principles? Plato despaired, but he also pointed the way to renewal.<p>What happens when a society, once a model for enlightened progress, threatens to backslide into intolerance and …

Why Socrates Hated Democracies: An Animated Case for Why Self-Government Requires Wisdom & Education

How often have you heard the quote in one form or another? “Democracy is the worst form of Government,” said Winston Churchill in 1947, “except for …

Socrates

This Simple Philosophical Puzzle Shows How Difficult It Is to Know Something - Facts So Romantic

In the 1960s, the American philosopher Edmund Gettier devised a thought experiment that has become known as a “Gettier case.” It shows that …

University of Toronto

Why Catholics Crucified Clinton

Polls predicted that American Catholics were evenly split between Trump and Clinton, but they voted strongly against abortion and insurance-sponsored …

Christianity

How the Support of Catholics Helped Donald Trump’s Victory

In the election post-mortem and hand-wringing among pollsters, pundits, and prognosticators, many factors will be identified as contributing to …

What Modern Democracies Didn’t Copy From Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece was a model for the U.S. government, but the founders left a few things out.<p>“What Athens was in miniature, America will be in magnitude,” Thomas Paine wrote in 1792. Equal parts prediction and promise, Paine’s claim has been realized in many ways: Major aspects of the American …

Ancient History

Modern Spin on Plato's Cave Explores the Limits of 3D Reality

Artist Yiannis Biliris’ take on Plato takes us out of the cave and onto the screen.<p>In his version of <i>The Allegory of the Cave</i>, Greek artist and photographer Yiannis Biliris takes Plato’s allegory for a spin. Biliris incorporates theories such as quantum mechanics and multiverse into the mix, …

PLATO

Socrates and Plato

<b>I. The Good for Human Beings: The Problem</b><p>A. <i>Introductory Remarks</i>B. <i>The Character of Cephalos</i>C. <i>The Nature of Philosophical Analysis</i>D. <i>Polemarchus and</i> …

Greek Philosophy

Donald and Hobbes

How internet porn affects your romantic life

The world of internet pornography is a pervasive and wide reaching technology, growing at a breathtaking rate. It is a $13 billion-a-year industry in …

Plato's Cave Allegory Gets An Update ... But Still No HDTV

The Greek philosopher Plato believed humans were like prisoners, chained to face the wall of a cave such that they could only see shadows of reality. But when our favorite sports teams are winning, why would we want<br>to escape the cave?!? Cartoon by Andy Singer.<p><b>See more cartoons: #NetflixAndChill …</b> …

PLATO

Socratesman

University of North Carolina Releases List of ‘Hostile’ So-Called ‘Microaggressions’ — Check Out the No. 4 Category

Christmas vacation is now a “microagression,” according to a new list published by the University of North Carolina.<p>The university defines microagressions as “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate …

North Carolina

Japan has a bold idea to solve the country's population crisis

URAYASU, Japan (AP) — A Tokyo suburb will help women cover the cost of freezing their eggs in a pilot program aimed at countering Japan's declining birth rate.<p>The city of Urayasu, about 14 kilometers (9 miles) east of Tokyo, is allocating 90 million yen ($850,000) over three years to fund the …

Eggs

Elon Musk Estimates Chance That We’re NOT Living in a Computer Simulation — and It’s Really, Really Small

Elon Musk, the well-known entrepreneur behind Tesla and SpaceX, believes there’s a “one-in-billions” chance humanity is not living in a computer simulation.<p>Speaking at tech publication Recode’s annual Code Conference Wednesday night, Musk suggested human beings likely are not actual flesh-and-blood …

Tesla

The Greatest Philosopher You've Never Heard Of

Let's be honest. When most of us talk about philosophy — the hard-core, name-dropping, theory-quoting kind — we're talking about a particular lineage that traces back to the Hellenistic Greeks.<p>But consider, for a moment, the fact that over the last few thousand years there've been a whole lot of …

Western Philosophy

Chinese Detergent Ad Gets Over 2 Million Views in One Day — for All the Wrong Reasons

An advertisement for a Chinese detergent brand is going viral — but not for any good reason.<p>Qiaobi detergent released the ad, showing an Asian woman doing laundry when a black man, covered in paint, appears at the door and winks. He approaches the woman but when he gets close, the Asian woman …

What one of the greatest civilizations in history tells us about Donald Trump

Last week, in his first major piece since his blogging hiatus, Andrew Sullivan joined the frenzy of pundits trying to make sense of Donald Trump. Sullivan's completely straight-faced take is that the final days of the republic are upon us. “In terms of our liberal democracy and constitutional …

Political Science

“The evidence is pretty incontrovertible that he doesn’t exist”: Stephen Colbert’s favorite scientist on the universe, naturalism and finding meaning without God

Sean Carroll excels at explaining complex science to regular people — including those who don’t believe<p>More than two decades ago, the renowned astronomer Carl Sagan wrote that “We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science …

The Perils of Being a Black Philosopher

<i>This is the second in a series of dialogues with philosophers on violence for The Stone. This conversation is with George Yancy, a professor of philosophy at Emory University and author, editor, co-editor of many books, including “Look, a White!” — Brad Evans</i><p><b>Brad Evans:</b> In response to a series of …

Race & Ethnicity

Violent, sexist games decrease empathy for real-life female victims, says study

A group of male high school students in Italy who played Grand Theft Auto as part of a study showed less sympathy for female victims of violence in photographs.<p>Violent games that let players abuse women could have real-world effects, a new study suggests, with young men who identify with the games' …

Ohio State University

Apple's new short film starring autistic teen shows how tech transforms lives

Dillan Barmache can’t speak, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have anything to say.<p>In fact, Dillan has complex and powerful thoughts, and thanks to …

For kids with autism, this tech matters

For these kids, games and cute robots are more than just fun. On World Autism Awareness Day, we look at some of the ways technology is improving the lives of those with the condition.<p>Both Katie and her teacher look like they'd be right at home in a Pixar film, and at first their conversation seems …

What believing in God does to your brain

Humans suppress areas of the brain used for analytical thinking and engage the parts responsible for empathy in order to believe in god, research …

Neuroscience

10 Fierce Atheists: Unapologetically Black Women Beyond Belief

There's a pivotal scene in freethinker Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 play <i>A Raisin in the Sun</i> in which matriarch Lena Younger tries to put the fear of God in her rebellious, politically conscious daughter Beneatha. Beneatha, an Afrocentric atheist, has been mouthing off about God's non-existence and …

Critical thinking suppressed in brains of people who believe in the supernatural

The opposition between religious beliefs and scientific evidence can be explained by difference in brain structures and cognitive activity. …

The Present American Regime: Tyranny, Oligarchy, or Democracy?

Needed: A Philosophy Cheat Sheet for Scientists

What is the name of the phenomenon by which someone who is an acknowledged expert in one area is led to be overconfident about his or her knowledge …

Family Policy Think Tank Releases ‘Truth is Compassion’ Video, Asks If There Are Limits to How One Can Self-Identify

The Family Policy Institute of Washington released a video Sunday entitled “Truth is Compassion,” in which interviewer Caleb Bonham asked Seattle residents if there are any limits to the way someone can self-identify.<p>Bonham began each interview by mentioning Paul Wolscht, a 52-year-old Canadian man …