Only recently have scientists directly witnessed this most pivotal of events in biology.
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Flow occurs when a task’s challenge is balanced with one’s skill.
Nihilism is not a choice or intellectual commitment, but a feeling that simply arrives.
I’m not saying it’s not aliens, but it’s not aliens. When it comes to life in the Universe, we still have no definitive answer to the biggest question of all, “are […]
The idea that one culture ‘owns’ a particular heritage, or that certain practices are too culturally sensitive to be talked about, may create barriers between people.
As humans, our minds constantly monitor the events that occur in our lives and interpret the meaning of the things that are happening. Our mindset is what dictates how we […]
The popular concept of introversion often differs from how psychologists define the term, but a new model seeks to clarify exactly what being an introvert means.
Jesus was a revered figure and prophet in the Quran. But what exactly do Muslims believe about him?
Paris, France is just too real for some tourists to handle. This results in Japanese tourists getting sick, and seeking therapy because of unmet expectations.
Authorities in France and Scotland are taking very different approaches to Islamic dress in their societies.
“We don’t want to make this; Moses is Darth Vader and Jacobs is a perfect angel from heaven.”
Jane McGonigal discusses the skills we learn from gaming and how can they help us enhance, rather than detract from our ambitions as humans.
A friend recently asked me: why has public opinion on same-sex marriage “evolved,” in Obama’s coinage, while public opinion on abortion grinds itself deeper into a rut? It’s an interesting […]
[Editor’s Note: Please welcome Sarah Jane Braasch-Joy back to Daylight Atheism! Regular readers from before my move to Big Think will remember her as a dedicated defender of feminism and […]
Grosset & Dunlap/Price Stern Sloan President and Publisher Francesco Sedita had a meeting with his entire team of editors, art directors and designers recently. The subject? A mustache. “We’ve been […]
Earlier this year, novelist Jane Smiley contributed an entertaining and provocative piece to Big Think’s “How to Think Like Shakespeare” series. In it she wrote that while composing A Thousand […]
V.S. Naipaul is without question or controversy one of the finest living writers. Yet the controversy surrounding his recent interview with the Royal Geographic Society, in which he effectively takes […]
Janet Malcolm is a careful writer. The new Paris Review has an interview with her. The Review still publishes the best interviews on code-cracking the art of writing. This exchange—which […]
Here’s what’s great about Janet Malcolm’s piece this week about the murder trial of Mazultov Borukhova and Mikhail Mallayev in The New Yorker: It captures a truth about trials that […]
On Slate’s XX Factor blog, Hanna Rosin argues that “Jihad Jane” (aka Colleen LaRose) is a feminist because she’s part of a cohort of female terrorist wannabes who have been […]
Of course he does. And West’s passion for the things he loves is uniquely infectious. When he tells us what he thinks—about anything, from the history of jazz to Obama’s […]
Don’t get me wrong. I love my NPR. My closet is stuffed with their tote bags, and I’ve shoveled dollars their way. Diane Rehm is the greatest thing since sliced […]
Without Étienne-Joseph-Théophile Thoré, the genius of the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer would have been lost to time.
Terrified of blushing? You might have erythrophobia.
Psychologists are finding that moral code violations can leave an enduring mark — and may require new types of therapy.
Your mentors made time for you. Now, go and make time for others.
The separation of conjoined twins is fraught with stomach-churning biomedical and ethical challenges.
When you wish upon a star, it probably makes a difference who you are.
The false assumption the Multiverse relies on is that something which exists requires an explanation.