British Philosophy

What Is Symbolism and What Are Some Examples of It?

<i>Symbolism</i> (pronounced SIM-buh-liz-em) is the use of one object or action (a <b>symbol</b>) to represent or suggest something else. German writer Johann …

Western Philosophy

Scientists Say That We Need A New Concept of Consciousness. Here is Why

What about mind? If the world is vibration, is also mind and consciousness a form of vibration? Or on the contrary, are all vibrations, the observed …

Consciousness

What others think of you - and the Fall of Icarus

In his consulting room at Berggasse 19, in central Vienna, Sigmund Freud came…<p>Many of us want to start our own businesses. Public space is filled …

James K. Polk

Why Panpsychism Fails to Solve the Mystery of Consciousness

Is consciousness everywhere? Is it a basic feature of the Universe, at the very heart of the tiniest subatomic particles? Such an idea – <i>panpsychism</i> …

Consciousness

We Must Fight Back Against Evangelicals’ Stories of Atheist Deathbed Conversions

This is a guest post by <b>Mark Kolsen</b>. He resides in Chicago and is a regular contributor to <i>American Atheist Magazine</i>.<p>…<p>Why do evangelical Christians, …

Atheism

'He's Pavlov and we're the dogs': How associative learning really works in human psychology

My ears perked up when, in recent weeks, I heard Donald Trump and Ivan Pavlov mentioned twice in connection with each other. After all, I’m an …

Psychology

Experts Doubt Da Vinci's 'Male Mona Lisa' Is Worth $450 Million

Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” (“Savior of the World”) sold for $450.3 million at Christie’s on Wednesday, setting an auction record. The …

Liberal View

Mali is surely a hero. But can a dog really be brave?

It may seem anthropomorphic to give a Belgian malinois the Dickin medal for fighting insurgents in Kabul. Perhaps philosophy has the answer<p>If ever a member of Her Majesty’s armed forces deserved a medal for bravery, it was surely the hero who dodged booby-traps and helped clear militants from a …

Opinion

Modernism & Conservatism

Nearly 30 years before he shocked <i>National Review</i> by endorsing Barack Obama for president, senior editor Jeffery Hart announced a divorce of a …

Conservative View

And We Have Another H.W. Bush Groping Allegation ... From 1992

Another groping allegation has emerged against former President George H.W. Bush; this time he can't play the senile old man card, because it …

Conservative View

What can we learn from Jeremy Bentham’s pickled head?

UCL’s new exhibition Curating Heads is full of ‘death positivity’<p>Under the central dome of UCL — an indoor crossroads where hordes of students come and go on their way to lectures and lunch — there’s an intriguing exhibition on at the moment about death. ‘Human remains are displayed in this …

Western Philosophy

Famous philosopher’s quotes for World Philosophy Day: ‘I think therefore I am’

<b>World Philosophy Day is celebrated annually on the third Thursday of November and is a great time for us all to think a bit more deeply than …

Ludwig Wittgenstein

The Problem With Expensive Real Estate

Soaring land costs threaten growth and worsen inequality. And nobody really knows what to do about it.<p>The U.K. Office for National Statistics has recently begun to track the value of land as part of the national accounts — and it turns out that dirt is now just about the biggest thing going in …

Economics

Michael Ruse on On Purpose

Can we live without the idea of purpose? Should we even try to? Kant thought we were stuck with purpose, and even Darwin’s theory of natural …

Philosophy

Most ‘Wealth’ Isn’t the Result of Hard Work. It Has Been Accumulated by Being Idle and Unproductive.

<i>By Laurie Macfarlane</i><p>One of the basic claims of capitalism is that people are rewarded in line with their effort and productivity. Another is that the …

Wealth

Do We Care If Our Representatives Are Awful People? Should We?

During America's founding era, a significant debate took place about the nature of representation in a democratically elected government. Were …

Conservative View

There used to be a better class of atheist

What is the source of the vulgar, witless hate coming from Christianity's "betters"?<p><i>QUESTION: How do you make a murderous rampage worse?</i> <i><br>ANSWER: Mock</i> …

Faith

Preseason hoop hype comes to Moeller

CLOSE<p>Scott Springer at the press conference of Jaxson Hayes. Hayes declared for Texas.<p>KENWOOD - Though accolades are always appreciated, most coaches …

College Basketball

Graeme Hick doesn't regret England career as he readies final opposition ahead of Ashes

He looked familiar, the tall 51-year-old coach of the Cricket Australia XI that England are playing in their final warm-up - and, yes, it was the batsman who ranks eighth in the all-time list of first-class century-makers.<p>He played for England but is the only one of the all-time top eight not born …

Western Philosophy

Princeton and Slavery

Since our universities have become intellectual black holes—dead stars which no longer radiate light but instead suck enlightenment into darkness by …

Declaration Of Independence

A philosopher left his corpse on public display to shatter societal delusions about death

Last month, I came face to face with death. The deathly face in question belonged to the great utilitarian philosopher Jeremy Bentham, who died in 1832. His preserved head, considered so gruesome that it was hidden from public display for the past 40 years, looks like decaying leather—not unlike …

Western Philosophy

China's Influence Game Down Under - The American Interest

The Open Society and Its Enemies<p>China’s Influence Game Down Under<p>China’s sophisticated infiltration of Australian politics is a troubling example of …

China

Our “culture of tolerance” was shaped by modern thinkers and St. Paul alike

St. Paul wrote "Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels."<p>Contrary to notions like justice …

John Locke

A brief, 20,000-year history of timekeeping

As clocks got more accurate, we had to redefine the second.<p>Over millennia, humankind’s time-tracking has grown increasingly precise. Sundials divided days into hours. Clocks broke hours into quarters and ­minutes, and finally minutes into seconds. As timepieces evolved, so did scientists’ need for …

Gear & Gadgets

A Brief Late-Stage Capitalism Reading List

What is this late capitalism we keep hearing about? As a pop culture term, it refers to capitalism run amok with its drive for profits over …

Social Justice

A History of the Future: how writers envisioned tomorrow’s world

Peter J Bowler examines how divergent beliefs about the future have shaped literature, science writing and public perceptions.<p>The future has not …

Bertrand Russell

The life and death of David Hume

As the Scottish philosopher David Hume lay on his deathbed in the summer of 1776, his passing became a highly anticipated event. Few people in …

Western Philosophy

Amoral is the new normal

Brutus Malada<p><b>We have become tolerant of Zuma’s misdeeds, to the extent that the abnormal has become normal, with dire consequences for our …

Nelson Mandela

FIRE Brings Together Free-Speech Advocates

Recently, FIRE held its first Faculty Conference and the subject was free speech on our campuses. In “Notes from the Free Speech Undeground,” …

Conservative View

Abuse and harassment can and must be stopped

One of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century, philosopher, mathematician and historian Bertrand Russell, who won the 1950 Nobel prize in …

Bertrand Russell