The most unpleasant aspect of intellectual liberalism is that when speech causes emotional or mental pain, the offended parties are morally entitled to nothing.
The poisoned candy legend is just one way that American fears manifested: as an easily understood threat to innocence.
Music is often labelled a “universal language,” and according to the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, there is a good reason for that.
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.
In hell, we assume a position of moral superiority, looking down over the sinners and the poor decisions that led them to this wretched place. In heaven, Dante is looking down upon us.
Engaging in a brief mindfulness exercise made people who identified “I/me” words 33% less likely to volunteer.
Studio Ghibli movies celebrate the natural world using a very Japanese mixture of Shinto, Buddhist, and Daoist themes.
In 1966, Disney announced his intention to build Epcot, an acronym for “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.”
Why you’ve probably never heard of Computer Space, which launched the video game industry 50 years ago
Computer Space lacked a critical ingredient that the other games possessed: gravity.
Without Benjamin List and David MacMillan, chemists would still be using metals and enzymes to catalyze chemical reactions.
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.
A new study suggests that depressed people may prefer a Leonard Cohen or Bob Dylan song to one from The Beach Boys or One Direction.
Bolsheviks planned to erect a towering monument to the socialist cause, but their quixotic ideas never got off the ground.
The German artist painted death as it appeared in life – omnipresent and hidden in plain sight.
Ever wondered what oxytocin receptor proteins sound like?
A 5,300-year-old mummy teaches us the global history of tattoos.
As Russia’s youth welcomed a new era of capitalism in the 1990s, their parents and grandparents clung to fleeting memories of Soviet life.
A team of computer scientists and musicologists have finally completed Beethoven’s unfinished 10th Symphony
Due to deteriorating health, all Beethoven left behind for his final symphony were some musical sketches.
An unexpected finding shows us how little we know about the early human story in our region.
A future kitchen appliance could make it possible to 3D-print entirely new recipes and cook them with lasers.
This is a time for family and friends to gather, watch the full moon and eat mooncakes and other delicacies.
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.