After our last go-round, Peter Hitchens has posted a further reply. I encourage you to read it in full before reading my response, which follows below: Once again, Peter Hitchens […]
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My previous post quoted Peter Hitchens, the conservative Christian brother of the late Christopher Hitchens, to criticize some of his views on divine command morality. To my surprise, it drew […]
Because there's not enough Walden pond to go around.
When making any tough decision, the key is not to be overly exploratory or exploitative.
Searching for happiness in the midst of personal or societal crises are nothing new.
Think there are habitable super-Earths out there? Think again. Here in our Solar System, we have two very distinct types of planets: small, terrestrial, rocky worlds, with thin (or no) atmospheres […]
The largest moon around our last planet didn’t originate with Neptune. When it comes to the moons of our Solar System, there’s only one planet that doesn’t fit in with our […]
Attending religious service once a week found to lower risk of suicide and other “deaths of despair”
In late April, the news hit us hard: Lorna Breen, an emergency room doctor in a Manhattan hospital flooded with coronavirus patients, committed suicide. According to her father, the emotional […]
5 effortless, science-backed changes to your isolation workspace that will improve productivity and mental health
A clean work space, plants, and putting on the right pants all make working from home easier, according to science.
Researchers at UCSF have trained an algorithm to parse meaning from neural activity.
Are you prone to "toxic accumulation"?
Schadenfreude has always been with us.
It was a good month.
The story of that one time a U.S. city was run by a Soviet, and what it was like to live in it.
The widely beloved chef, writer and TV host Anthony Bourdain was found dead Friday morning at age 61. Here's a brief look at the work and life that made him an international culinary star.
You think the collapse of the Soviet Union was chaotic? You should have seen the start.
Rumors of a terrorist gunman escalated at LAX. A panicked crowd trampled an old woman, snapping her femur. In our best Dick Cheney voice: "If you allow blind fear to disrupt society, the terrorists have already won."
It took a 160-strong response team of paramedics, firefighters, and rescue workers to get the chaotic scene under control.
Almost a century after its dissolution, two hilarious anecdotes are the Free State's main legacy.
What the world’s most powerful collider found, and may yet still find. “Innovation is taking two things that already exist and putting them together in a new way.” –Tom Freston […]
Psychologists and behavioral therapists have begun integrating cooking into their treatment strategies, extending the benefits of meal preparation far beyond satisfying hunger.
Here is the big idea, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index Thanksgiving is one of the least stressful and happiest days of the year. Beyond good food – what about […]
The underlying rules of 3D printing that help innovators get past key cost, time and complexity barriers.
It was this map of Greenland that triggered this post. I say map, but I mean hole in a drainpipe. This picture was sent in by Ruland Kolen, who was […]
Kids do the darnedest things. For instance, one time late at night, when I was 9 or 10, I opened the drawer in the kitchen, took out the biggest knife, […]
Who will you put your money on -- Richard Brandson, Jeff Bezos or Elon Musk?
How could Lance Armstrong, the most famous and most highly-scrutinized cyclist in the world repeatedly pass drug tests while actively doping over the course of a decade?
In a previous post, I indicated what I consider the “dangerous” realisation that there is no top-down meaning; that our actions aren’t found to be important by anyone (or One) […]