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In his new book, "Forward: Notes on the Future of Our Democracy," former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang explores how media narratives can warp public perception of political candidates.
The most unpleasant aspect of intellectual liberalism is that when speech causes emotional or mental pain, the offended parties are morally entitled to nothing.
Will and Ariel Durant were praised for their ability to look at the big picture without losing sight of its little details, even if they did miss some of them.
William Shatner is going to space because Jeff Bezos loves Star Trek.
Societal breakdown, whether real or imagined, can lead to dramatic responses — like blood-sucking vampires.
The new book "Lost Cities, Ancient Tombs" documents 100 archaeological discoveries that changed the world.
To enable us to read, the brain piggybacks on other cognitive processes.
The "Foundation" series, recently adapted into a show by Apple TV, was inspired by a fascinating, real-life academic discipline.
The Swedish Academy honored the writer for his uncompromising inquiry into the lasting consequences of Africa’s colonization.
Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" series helped inspire the field of social physics, which uses math to understand crowd behavior.
Yukio Mishima treated his life as if it were a story — one with a surprising and deadly final act.
For some people, the emotional pull of fictional characters is profoundly strong.
Everybody wins, everybody loses, or something in between.
Journey to the West is rightly considered one of the most influential novels ever written, but the real reason for its success may be its charismatic poster-boy: The Monkey King.
The peasant turned czarist advisor has come to be known and feared as the devil incarnate, but was he really as demonic as we have been led to believe?
Some intellectuals use charisma and deception to obscure the holes in their arguments. Here is how to see through their smokescreen.
Through self-tracking and self-experimentation, we can greatly improve our cognitive capacity.
For the ancients, hospitality was an inviolable law enforced by gods and priests and anyone else with the power to make you pay dearly for mistreating a stranger.