Concepts like hope, faith, and love have no material reality—save perhaps for neurons firing in the brain—yet they are the cornerstones of human well being.
Friendly neighbors and wide oceans. That, in a phrase, is America's security plan. North Korea? Simply not a threat, says foreign policy expert Michael Desch.
Does religion help us survive? No more than moths thrive in flame, says Richard Dawkins.
Heaven is a place on earth, says a major American thinker. And a certain awesome '80s pop song.
Capitalism has hijacked our emotions and rewired us for instant gratification—but we can reclaim our lives by practicing deep hope.
To understand ourselves, our creativity and emotions, we must grapple with our pre-human existence.
Who will live on the this brand-new floating nation in the South Pacific—and how?
Have you heard the one about the U.S. Open and Yom Kippur? You're about to.
From the depth of the AIDS crisis, a new community discovered itself and defeated victimhood.
Don't settle for comfortable and familiar thoughts, reach for what you don't know, says Harvard professor Stephen Greenblatt.
Rabbi Darren Levine explains how the psychology of happiness intersects with religious practice.
We are on the verge of the 'Total Work' dystopia, a prediction first made in 1948. Can Universal Basic Income wake us from our stupor?
Why does America confuse fantasy for reality, in pop culture and in politics? Kurt Andersen can pinpoint the moment it happened.
All science begins with a leap of intuition, says Richard Dawkins, but we can only ever find objective truths by knowing when to let evidence take over from emotion.
We hear the term "disrupted" a lot. But what does it mean, and why does the fear of change it represents perfectly describe how President Trump won in 2016?
How do you spot terrorism before it happens? Look for patterns in what might seem like unlikely places. Like the living wage of a border guard.
Which country influences foreign elections the most? An extensive dataset of every election from 1946 to now has the answer.
Humans already know how to manipulate animal genomes through selective breeding, but there has been no appetite to try on humans what is the norm for dogs. That's a good thing, says Dawkins.
As a teenager, Derek Black was the webmaster for Stormfront, the Internet's most prominent message board for white nationalists. But Black escaped that world thanks to an unlikely ally.