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Calculating, cutthroat, self-interested, teacher of tyrants: <strong>What was Machiavelli up to</strong>? Debunking ideas of virtue and vice

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 17:54
Calculating, cutthroat, self-interested, teacher of tyrants: What was Machiavelli up to? Debunking ideas of virtue and vice

In 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that technology would give rise to a 15-hour workweek. Instead it gave rise to <strong>pointless work</strong>

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 17:54
In 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that technology would give rise to a 15-hour workweek. Instead it gave rise to pointless work

An idiom is like a musical phrase; <strong>a clich&eacute; is like an earworm</strong>. "If idioms help us think outside the box, clich&eacute;s box us in"

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 17:54
An idiom is like a musical phrase; a cliché is like an earworm. "If idioms help us think outside the box, clichés box us in"

<strong>Meet the geno-economists</strong>, who believe that genes measurably influence social outcomes. Dangerous idea. But impossible to ignore

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 18:39
Meet the geno-economists, who believe that genes measurably influence social outcomes. Dangerous idea. But impossible to ignore

Taciturn, discreet, undemonstrative, <strong>Fryderyk Chopin</strong>, that frail, tubercular Pole, was comfortable only at the piano

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 18:39
Taciturn, discreet, undemonstrative, Fryderyk Chopin, that frail, tubercular Pole, was comfortable only at the piano

What do we mean when we talk about &ldquo;<strong>quality of life</strong>&rdquo;? Aging is not a problem to be solved. It is a meaning to be lived out

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 18:39
What do we mean when we talk about “quality of life”? Aging is not a problem to be solved. It is a meaning to be lived out

Douglas Prasher works at a Toyota dealership in Huntsville, Alabama. In 2008, he should have won a <strong>Nobel Prize in Chemistry</strong>. What happened?

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 17:30
Douglas Prasher works at a Toyota dealership in Huntsville, Alabama. In 2008, he should have won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry. What happened?

&ldquo;In a few years I can be top-flight painter if I want.&rdquo; So said <strong>Jack Kerouac</strong> in 1956. Was his work really that good?

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 17:30
“In a few years I can be top-flight painter if I want.” So said Jack Kerouac in 1956. Was his work really that good?

The pun, long considered the <strong>lowest form of wit</strong>, is widely &mdash; and unfairly! &mdash; reviled. Puns are at once pedestrian and profound

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 17:30
The pun, long considered the lowest form of wit, is widely — and unfairly! — reviled. Puns are at once pedestrian and profound

&ldquo;I totally let my freak flag fly now,&rdquo; says <strong>Jonathan Franzen</strong>. So he imitates bird chirps, ponders the cat problem, and goofs off

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 18:12
“I totally let my freak flag fly now,” says Jonathan Franzen. So he imitates bird chirps, ponders the cat problem, and goofs off

About 4.5 billion years ago, Earth was born. Not long after, <strong>life emerged</strong>. Was it an inevitability of the laws of nature?

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 18:12
About 4.5 billion years ago, Earth was born. Not long after, life emerged. Was it an inevitability of the laws of nature?

What is "<strong>cultural Marxism</strong>"? An old slander posing as a new insight. The myth led to grievous harm in the last century. How about ours?

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 18:12
What is "cultural Marxism"? An old slander posing as a new insight. The myth led to grievous harm in the last century. How about ours?

<strong>Saul Bellow</strong> adjusts to fame. "If I find now that I can&rsquo;t control the volume I can always stuff my ears with money&rdquo;

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 18:42
Saul Bellow adjusts to fame. "If I find now that I can’t control the volume I can always stuff my ears with money”

Remembered for serene portraits, <strong>F&eacute;lix Nadar</strong> lived a frenetic life. He was first to photograph underground and from the air, and possibly the inventor of airmail

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 18:42
Remembered for serene portraits, Félix Nadar lived a frenetic life. He was first to photograph underground and from the air, and possibly the inventor of airmail

<strong>What makes bullshit bullshit</strong>? The answer is psychological and sociological, as well as linguistic and philosophical

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 18:42
What makes bullshit bullshit? The answer is psychological and sociological, as well as linguistic and philosophical

Giacomo Leopardi felt trapped by his reactionary father and penny-pinching mother. What emerged were his musings on the <strong>darkness of the human condition</strong>

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 19:03
Giacomo Leopardi felt trapped by his reactionary father and penny-pinching mother. What emerged were his musings on the darkness of the human condition

<strong>The bedroom</strong>, a place of love and of death, seduces us. Unfortunately, a new "intimate history" does not

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 19:03
The bedroom, a place of love and of death, seduces us. Unfortunately, a new "intimate history" does not

How did <strong>Sartre come to embrace Marxism</strong>? The tale involves his friendship with Camus, and his work at a clandestine newspaper

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 19:03
How did Sartre come to embrace Marxism? The tale involves his friendship with Camus, and his work at a clandestine newspaper

How a niche publication for evolutionary psychologists tested the <strong>limits of iconoclasm</strong> on gender, race and intelligence

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 18:35
How a niche publication for evolutionary psychologists tested the limits of iconoclasm on gender, race and intelligence

What caused <strong>Nietzsche&rsquo;s insanity</strong>? The usual theories &mdash; syphilis, seeing a horse being whipped &mdash; don&rsquo;t hold up

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 18:35
What caused Nietzsche’s insanity? The usual theories — syphilis, seeing a horse being whipped — don’t hold up