Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Benjamin Franklin thought it an abominable practice, our incessant verbing of nouns. But we can''t help ourselves: Texting, friending, parenting, bookmarking'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Holocaust education has been a failure. It has made us uniquely gullible about the real enemies of liberal democracy... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | End the war on drugs and you end the black malaise in America, says John McWhorter. "Before long, the image of blacks as eternal poster children would fade away"... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Philosophy is dead, succeeded by science, says Stephen Hawking. But theoretical physics has abandoned empiricism and entered the realm of, well, philosophy... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'P.T. Barnum offered up America as a nation of believers who, thanks to their pragmatism, didn''t actually believe in much of anything'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Alan Sokal''s 1996 hoax suggested that the left''s critique of science would ultimately prove damaging to the left. He was right'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'President Obama doesn''t pursue a foreign policy bent on global domination like his predecessors? Think again, says John Mearsheimer'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | There is no such thing as evangelical Christianity: The term represents a range of different theologies, practices, and religious movements... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Brutal, corrupt, and morally complex, Russia is the ideal setting for a novel. "A great slab of unprocessed pain sits toxically on the country''s heart"'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | The shore of the Aral Sea in Karakalpakstan is one of the strangest Jason Larkin has ever seen: "neither sand, mud, nor salt-crystals, but a chemically-mutated mash-up of all three"... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Faith and reason are not rival forms of knowledge. They are, in fact, complementary: Faith is religion''s answer to the challenge of reason'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Is America in decline? Yes, says Paul Kennedy. But don''t worry too much: Things aren''t going badly wrong, they''re just returning to normal'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | The career of a suicide bomber lasts only an instant. He presses a button and flash of light turns a Nobody into a Somebody. An incompetent Somebody, maybe, but... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Edward Hopper was a painter without any sense of humor, wit, or self-awareness. He relied on cliché; it''s all he understood'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Matt Ridley generates competing views wherever he goes. And if we ask what got humanity from its poor past to its rich present, maybe the wondrous variety of life is a key metaphor... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Writing about science poses a problem right at the outset: You have to lie, to choose inexact pictorial metaphors that allow nonscientists to put new scientific findings in proper perspective... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Roaring colors, bright lights, strange and perverse sights up every alley - welcome to Istanbul, a vital city at the epicenter of a political catastrophe... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Francis Fukuyama is puzzled: A rise in inequality has failed to drive support for a fairer distribution of wealth. How to explain this? Maybe it''s because America is a plutocracy'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Natural is not always good. Nature is in fact cruel, brutal, and odious; and living naturally is an ugly, amoral, and awful business... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'A PhD may offer no financial benefit over a master''s degree. It can even reduce earnings. It is expensive to acquire and may unlock the door toward a slave-labor job. So why bother?'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | In defense of disgust. Is the emotion of disgust a result of natural selection? Surely in part it must be. But does evolution give us a complete picture?... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Our intellectual life is becoming reactionary: opportunities are viewed as threats, hopes as dangers, progress as the unraveling of all that is beautiful and true...... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | As China ditches communism for despotic state capitalism, Chinese intellectuals are turning to Leo Strauss and Carl Schmitt for insight. What an unexpected taste in Western philosophers... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Gossip: dismissed as a vice, it is in fact a social necessity, a way of building alliances and friendships. No wonder diplomats are great gossips...... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | No doubting Charles Darwin was the greatest biologist of the 19th century. A shame, however, that his star has obscured another bright mind of the time: Richard Owen... more »


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