Democratic freedom, rapturous religion, and newspapers created a hotbed for social experimentation in 19th-century America.
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Some classic books, like Mark Twain’s "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," remain controversial to this day.
Books that were rarely taught in 1963, when baby boomers were students, became classics when those same boomers were teachers and parents.
Psychedelics are going mainstream. Here's your reading list.
Map shows oldest buildings for each U.S. state – but also hints at what's missing.
“It doesn’t erase what happened to you. It just changes the impact it has on your life.”
On May 4, 1970, the National Guard shot and killed four students during an anti-war protest. The massacre went on to change American culture forever.
From the history of LSD to the origins of hip-hop, these 10 documentaries will educate and inspire.
America isn't immune to attempts to remove books from libraries and schools, here are ten frequent targets and why you ought to go check them out.
Long thought to be a fallacy, new analysis shows the ‘hot hand’ is real, and Klay Thompson has it. “Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on […]
Ben Carson has recently surged in the polls. Should we be concerned about his apocalyptic visions?
TV talk shows may have you believe that divorce rates are at an all time high--don't believe it. Two-thirds of marriages are estimated to last till death in this new millennium.
After more than two years, we’ve visited all 110 objects. Have a look back at each one! “If you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you will learn. […]
To celebrate her Jubilee year, the Queen had a large chunk of Antarctica named after her; possibly upsetting the Argentinians and Chileans.
If you haven’t yet seen Bill Nye’s video on evolution versus creationism, watch the video here: This video has made national headlines, received nearly 3 million views on Youtube, and […]
This essay was previously published on AlterNet. In the summer of 2010, I saw him several times a week: a portly, dark-skinned gentleman, leaning against a pillar in Penn Station […]
Kids, want to be an artist when you grow up? We’ve got a check-list for how to tell your parents. Parents, oh no, you accidentally raised an artist? Don’t despair: […]
Looking forward to the end of the world requires a divorce not only from reality, but from the awe that our infinitesimal place within it inspires.
As a very young girl I was so smitten with the fantasy that was the marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer that I wrote to the Queen to […]
A DIALOGUE BETWEEN JASON SILVA AND TECHNO-ECOLOGIC SCHOLAR RICHARD DOYLE Richard Doyle also goes by mobius, an indicator of just how important interconnections are to him – and how transformative, […]
There is no communist or socialist ideology that is as poisonous as the one held by radical Republicans these days. No fascism as insidious as the warped political creed that […]
For scienceblogs.com readers who have never been to an annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, you are missing out on the world’s greatest discussion of […]
[Image from Salon.com feature on panelist Barbara J. King]Full details are now available for the previously announced panel on Communicating Science in a Religious America at February’s AAAS meetings in […]
If Europe has one defining cultural characteristic, it is that it has none. This may sound like too neat a paradox, but it’s not that far from the truth. There […]
In the age of greenwashing and eco-everything, it’s becoming increasingly hard to standardize and fairly assess what constitutes a green product. The USDA has attempted to do this for food […]