Ever taken pleasure in someone else's misfortune?
From religious wars to French poison conspiracies to the counterculture, we look at the origins of Satanism.
- Pop culture has painted our perceptions of Satanism more than historical facts.
- For most of its history, the term Satanism was an epithet used against religious enemies, not a movement bound by a shared set of beliefs.
- Today, the Satanists philosophy has more in common with empiricism or atheism than faith-based religions.
Are we doomed?
It's a question that's reverberated through the ages – are we humans, though imperfect, essentially kind, sensible, good-natured creatures? Or deep down are we wired to be bad, blinkered, idle, vain, vengeful and selfish? There are no easy answers and there's clearly a lot of variation between individuals, but this feature post aims to shine some evidence-based light on the matter. Here in the first part of a two-part feature – and deliberately side-stepping the obviously relevant but controversial and already much-discussed Milgram, Zimbardo and Asch studies – we digest 10 dispiriting findings that reveal the darker and less impressive aspects of human nature:
Feeling the urge to scare yourself this Halloween? Here are seven important horror films you have to see.
- This scareful season, make sure to check these seven important horror movies off your to-do list.
- Already an aficionado of fear? The list offers a double-feature option to pair with each classic horror flick.
- With apologies to Hereditary, but I haven't seen it yet.
Science fiction author David Brin analyses the moral within the Star Wars films – and it might not be one that you like.