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SINCE LONG BEFORE the oldest physical creations in human culture—the raising of the step pyramid at Saqqara or the Great Wall of China, for example—people have been telling stories of human origins. Through religion, such explanations have become creation myths, sacred genealogies, epic tales, and pious platitudes (e.g., “you are...

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Terror-Go-Round: Breaking the Cycle of Xenophobia

As the German and French national football teams entertained a crowd of 80,000 supporters inside Paris’s Stade de France on Friday, November 13, three cowardly men—hellbent on the destruction of modernity and peace—tried unsuccessfully to get...

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