Mapping Metaphor: This Is Your Brain on Figurative Language

“Children may not understand political alliances or intellectual argumentation, but they surely understand rubber bands and fistfights.”--Steven Pinker, from The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature (Viking, 2007). Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Then again, mischief is the hot smoke that curls off the end of...

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Building Humanism, Busting Myth and Privilege

ADAM SAVAGE is, broadly speaking, a maker of things, having built everything, as he’s characterized it, “from ancient Buddhas to futuristic weapons, from spaceships to dancing vegetables, from fine art sculptures to animated chocolate—and just about anything else you can think of.”...

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Making Good: Humanist Philanthropy and the Duty to Give

WHILE RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES have long been touted as philanthropic and generous, with many datasets showing that religious people give more money to charities compared to their secular counterparts, humanism prides itself on compassion and mutual respect without the need of a higher...

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The Future of Sex

STOP ME IF YOU'VE HEARD THIS: a Texas man is suing for the right to marry his Apple computer. Actually, stop me anyway. Chris Sevier’s real aim is to get the Supreme Court to overturn its decision legalizing gay marriage, but his...

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Christian Hegemony in the Age of Trump

THE PRAYERS of the religious right appeared to have been answered on Election Day when Donald Trump, who vowed to defend “our Christian heritage,” was elected president of the United States. Emboldened by their electoral victory, Trump and fellow Republicans have since...

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