Experiments of Living

Throughout recorded history, ethical ideas have usually been traced to authorities. Most of the supposed authorities have been religious people, typically men who have claimed, or who have been credited with, a special mode of access to a divine revelation. Yet even the relatively rare, and significantly less popular, ventures...

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Up Front

Done In by the Patriot Act

There’s a delicious irony to the story of the crash-and-burn career of four-star general and former Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus. The man who was elevated to the ethereal ranks of a General Eisenhower or...

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Towards a Post-Lies Future

  DONALD TRUMP is our first post-truth president. And he may well be the first of many. The Oxford Dictionaries website chose “post-truth” as its 2016 word of the year, in large part due to Trump’s success in the presidential election. It...

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Make America Kind Again

DID YOU SEE Donald Trump’s victory coming? I sure as hell didn’t. That Hillary Clinton would lose to a guy who says things like “My words are the best” seemed so improbable that last summer an artist friend and I wrote a...

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Science & Religion in the Rough

Jared Diamond is the author of five best-selling books about human societies and human evolution, which have been translated into thirty-eight languages. 1991’s The Third Chimpanzee is his first book, followed by the 1997 Pulitzer Prize winner Guns, Germs, and Steel—considered a...

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To Be Young, Gifted, Secular, and Black

Black youth who reject organized religion don’t have the social and economic benefits of white privilege to blunt their "apostasy." ALTHOUGH IN THE UNITED STATES young millennials lead the growing wave of “nones” (those who answer “none” when asked their religious affiliation),...

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