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Out of nowhere

Does everything in the world boil down to basic units – or can emergence explain how distinctive new things arise? By Paul Humphreys Read at ...

See Albert Camus’ Historic Lecture, “The Human Crisis,” Performed by Actor Viggo Mortensen

Back in 2016, New York City staged a month-long festival celebrating Albert Camus‘ historic visit to NYC in 1946. One event in the festival featured actor Viggo Mortensen ...

Native Lands: An Interactive Map Reveals the Indigenous Lands on Which Modern Nations Were Built

“Now when I was a little chap I had a passion for maps. I would look for hours at South America, or Africa, or Australia, ...

21 Funny Tweets That Sum Up The Struggle Of Trying To Stay Healthy

So accurate it hurts. 😂

A 'Tale' Of Child Sex Abuse Was Inspired By Filmmaker's Real-Life Trauma

“We never talk about how a child can love his or her abuser,” Jennifer Fox says. “If we don’t understand that, we don’t understand how ...

Changes Are Coming To The Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is making three major changes, a move that on its face looks like a tie to weak ...

Can we know what music sounded like in Ancient Greece?

They told me, Heraclitus, they told me you were dead; They brought me bitter news to hear and bitter tears to shed; I wept as ...

The respect deficit

Economic inequality is an urgent problem. Deeper still is our loss of mutual respect, the foundation of a fair society By Richard V Reeves Read ...

Frank Zappa’s 1980s Appearances on The David Letterman Show

I’ve never been a huge fan of Frank Zappa’s music and gravitated more toward the bizarre yet bluesy sonic world of his sometime collaborator and ...

How to Play an Ancient Rock Gong: See What Happens When a Drummer Plays Prehistoric Percussion Instruments Made from Boulders

Rock Gong. It sounds like a B-52s song. But a rock gong is not a New Wave surf-rock party groove. It’s not a neo-synthpop act, ...

Here's Why It Feels Like It's Harder To Lose Weight In The Summer

And why you shouldn’t sweat it.

'Kiki Challenge' Inspires 2 Farmers To Dance Awesomely With Oxen In The Mud

One look at this video and you’ll know why Trevor Noah said they “won” the Kiki challenge. (Image credit: My Village Show Vlogs via YouTube/screenshot ...

'Into The Hands Of The Soldiers' Explores How The U.S. Contributed To Chaos In Egypt

New York Times correspondent David Kirkpatrick says the Obama White House watched Arab democracy fall, and now the Trump administration is embracing Egypt’s autocratic president.

How elephants listen… with their feet

The trumpeting of elephants is a magnificent and unforgettable sound to human ears but, beyond the reach of our hearing, elephant communication involves something truly ...

To my best belief: just what is the pragmatic theory of truth?

What is it for something to be true? One might think that the answer is obvious. A true belief gets reality right: our words correspond ...

Italian Street Musician Plays Amazing Covers of Pink Floyd Songs, Right in Front of the Pantheon in Rome

Before Pink Floyd, rock and roll was all about attitude. After Pink Floyd, it could be all atmosphere. Though perfectly suited for headphones and hi-fis, ...

Hunter S. Thompson Sends a Letter to the Indianapolis Colts, Urging Them to Pick Ryan Leaf Over That “Peyton Manning Kid” (1998)

The 1998 NFL draft was a memorable one. A debate raged around whether the Indianapolis Colts should use their first round pick to select Ryan Leaf ...

8 Reasons Sex May Be Painful For You

Plus a guide on how to fix the issue.

Remembering Charlotte Rae: Her Voice Quavered, Her Comic Timing Didn't

Charlotte Rae snagged the role of Mrs. Garrett in 1978, a time when sitcoms were driven by catchphrases. But it was her delivery that turned ...

How Can America Reduce Mass Incarceration?

Julian Adler, co-author of Start Here, and Judge Victoria Pratt discuss alternatives to jail, including community service, social services and even personal essays.

Clair de Lune

Vast lunar landscapes set to the aching, shimmering piano of Claude Debussy’s 1905 composition ‘Clair de Lune’ (French for ‘moonlight’) offer an enchanting melding of ...

On God's side? The challenge of liberation theology

Religion is a vital source for change, but it does not yield easily to what the political philosopher John Rawls in 1997 called the ‘public ...

The Surprising Pattern Behind the Names of Colors Around the World

People in South Korea, where I live, often ask if I don’t find the Korean language awfully hard. I reply by asking them what they ...

Hear Freddie Mercury & Queen’s Isolated Vocals on Their Enduring Classic Song, “We Are The Champions”

In the age of Auto-Tune, it’s a pleasure to have proof that certain greats had no need of pitch correction. Queen front man Freddie Mercury’s legendarily angelic, ...

Patrick Stewart Is Reprising His Role As Captain Picard In New 'Star Trek' Series.

For fans who have dreamed about the return of Jean-Luc Picard to Star Trek, actor Patrick Stewart might as well borrow his character’s classic catchphrase ...

In 'Orchid And The Wasp,' An Unapologetic Heroine Who's No Gentle Flower

Caoilinn Hughes’s new novel introduces a young Irish woman named Gael Foess, who is both exploitative and highly effective. The author says her protagonist is ...

Ai Wei Wei's Beijing Studio Destroyed By Chinese Authorities

The Chinese dissident artist says his studio is in the process of being demolished. The surrounding arts district, which Ai created, is also being destroyed. ...

Barack And Joe Solve A Murder Mystery

The new noir novel Hope Never Dies rekindles a presidential buddy-cop bromance in order to unravel a suspicious death in Delaware. It is, to be ...

16 Honest Tweets About Life As An Introvert

“The worst possible thing I can see on an uber drivers reviews is ‘great conversation.’ #introvertproblems”

What It’s Like To Be A 26-Year-Old Man Named Taylor Swift

Male Swift says he still constantly receives emails, phone calls and Facebook messages from little girls asking him to sing a song or tell them ...

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