Jan. 1, 2011 | Expanding secularism may have set back religion severely as a force in history, but in doing so, it made life easier for some fundamentalists... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | History should never be used to inculcate virtuous citizenship. Yet it offers the richest imaginable source of moral examples - the essence of great fiction, drama, and life itself... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Ed Dante, academic mercenary, will ace your Psych 101 term paper, or help "earn" you a Ph.D in history. If you have the money, Ed has the talent. Especially likes working with seminary students... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | The process of writing fiction is totally unconscious, says Nadine Gordimer. " It comes from what you are learning, as you live, from within. For me, all writing is a process of discovery"... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | In an academic environment that rewards being smart, how do I broach the idea that people with intellectual disabilities are fully equal? Chris Gabbard on his son, August... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Can''t say we didn''t know enough. Our recent housing bubble was inflated despite - partly because of - amazing computer power, reams of data, and sophisticated models'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Why do so many intellectuals now pay polite obeisance to the historically absurd idea of separate domains for science and religion?... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | As G.B. Shaw put it, "Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity" - including the use of animals in some scientific research. But can scientists guide us in drawing moral lines?... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'McSorley''s was a bar in a village in a city. But how can you have a village in a city? Robert Day wondered. By the end of August that summer, he understood'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Lenny Bruce suggested that to suppress a word gives it all the more power. Banning hate speech cannot be a means of dealing with harm it causes... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Picasso''s feelings for communism were mirrored in his feelings about Catholicism. "My family they have always been Catholics"'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | I too am tempted to eff the ineffable, writes Roger Scruton. "I want to describe that world beyond the window, even though I know that it cannot be described but only revealed"... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Wallace Stevens''s poetry is more beautiful, and Robert Frost''s often more powerful, than T.S. Eliot''s. But the latter''s, once read, refuses to leave the mind'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Fukuyama, Huntington, Mearsheimer: three visions of the relation of the modern West to the rest. Three sets of ideas that connect, interlock, reflect, and short-circuit each other... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | That John Stuart Mill, apostle of freedom, should have so enslaved himself to such a woman as Harriett Taylor shows that more is needed to be free than to live in a free country... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'We live in an age where ordinary technical problems are dramatized and amplified, made into threats to civilization. Look what''s happened to nightly TV weather forecasting'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'In the hospital room, soon after her surgery, Hilary Mantel was seriously sick and delusional. "Don''t worry!" she wisecracked before anyone else could, "It''ll be fine! It''s just like The Exorcist."'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'The elimination of poverty ought to be within our grasp, and yet for hundreds of millions of people over the globe, it remains but a dream. Why can''t the world''s wealth be shared?'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Entrepreneurs aren''t greedy: they are "lucky fools" whose delusions of pleasure create new wealth, new jobs, and new industries for the more timid. They risk it all that we may prosper'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | In Russian, chairs are masculine and beds are feminine. So do Russians think of chairs as being more like men and beds as more like women in some way? Yes, says Lara Boroditsky... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Homer''s Odyssey, the most magnificent travel record of all time, is about one man''s courage, cunning, and will to prevail, with or without help from the gods. It is also about wisdom'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Conservatives love war, as long as it remains sublime in Edmund Burke''s sense, with the aura and mystery of violence, pain, and death held at a distance. Corey Robin explains'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | The Tea Partiers warn of an ominous New Elite that controls America. About that, at least, they are right. Not that the Elite itself knows exactly who or what it is... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'The rise of populist anti-Islamic forces in northern Europe appears to reflect a betrayal of Europe''s renowned social tolerance. Yet it''s a situation fraught with complexity'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Will language have the same depth and richness in electronic form that it can reach on the printed page? Don DeLillo asks, "Does poetry need paper?"... more »


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