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Fantastically Wrong: Europe's Insane History of Putting Animals on Trial and Executing Them

On September 5, 1379, two herds of pigs at a French monastery grew agitated and killed a man named Perrinot Muet. As was custom at the time, the …

It’s not easy being black on “Saturday Night Live”

<b>Leslie Jones (NBC)</b><p>The only problem with Leslie Jones’s “SNL” bit, writes W. Kamau Bell, was her audience<p>W. Kamau Bell<p>May 5, 2014 9:36pm (UTC)<p>After watching Leslie Jones’ "Weekend Update" appearance on "Saturday Night Live," one thing remains crystal clear. From Garrett Morris to Leslie Jones, it …

I still can’t stand white belly dancers

<b>(tomazl via iStock)</b><p>My Salon essay generated a lot of hateful responses. Let’s walk through the criticisms one by one<p>Randa Jarrar<p>March 18, 2014 11:00pm (UTC)<p>I’ve written about the Boston bomber; about the U.S. government’s attempts to deport my brother, which kept him in jail for weeks; and about …

Cultural capital

This article is about the sociological term. For cities and locations, see Capital of Culture.<p>In sociology, <b>cultural capital</b> consists of the social …

The Unexpected Way Philosophy Majors Are Changing The World Of Business

Dr. Damon Horowitz quit his technology job and got a Ph.D. in philosophy -- and he thinks you should too.<p>"If you are at all disposed to question what's around you, you'll start to see that there appear to be cracks in the bubble," Horowitz said in a 2011 talk at Stanford. "So about a decade ago, I …

This Insane New App Will Allow You To Read Novels In Under 90 Minutes

The reading game is about to change forever. Boston-based software developer Spritz has been in "stealth mode" for three years, tinkering with their …

The End of American Exceptionalism

Conservatives are right: The attitudes they say make America special—religiosity, patriotism, and mobility—are fading. And it has nothing to do with Barack Obama.<p>From the moment Barack Obama appeared on the national stage, conservatives have been searching for the best way to describe the danger he …

A soldier’s exorcism: “He could feel hot Jesus blood coming down over his face”

<b>(AP/Petr David Josek)</b><p>Caleb lost eight friends in Iraq. When he returned home, they haunted him — as did a demon he called the Destroyer<p>Jennifer Percy<p>January 25, 2014 3:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Demon Camp: A Soldier’s Exorcism”<p>Before he met Eden, Caleb’s time with Wombly gave him headspace enough …

Yeezianity, A Religion Based On Kanye West, Is A Thing That Exists (UPDATE)

Ask Kanye West and he'll tell you he's many things -- a genius, the biggest rockstar in the world and a God -- and, as it happens, he's not the only one who thinks so.<p>The 36-year-old rapper has in fact inspired a new religion called Yeezianity, in which followers believe "that the one who calls …

Does Being Cold Make You Sick?

Ronald Reagan and the occultist: The amazing story of the thinker behind his sunny optimism

<b>Ronald Reagan at his California vacation home, Rancho del Cielo, near Santa Barbara, Calif., Aug. 14, 1981. (AP)</b><p>The Gipper’s warm “morning in America” worldview was directly shaped by his reading of occult thinker Manly P. Hall<p>Mitch Horowitz<p>January 5, 2014 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “One Simple …

Biblical birth control: The surprisingly contraception-friendly Old Testament

<b>(bogdan ionescu, Jacob Kearns via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Think conservative objections to birth control are enshrined in the Bible? Think again<p>Elissa Strauss<p>January 5, 2014 7:00pm (UTC)<p>When the Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases about the conflict between new healthcare mandates and religion, it …

Scientific Humanities - session 1

About the Course<p>"Scientific humanities" means the extension of interpretative skills to the discoveries made by science and to technical innovations. …

Humanities

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Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Host and Producer<p>Today many Indigenous peoples are still excluded from society and often even deprived of their rights as …

Indigenous Peoples