Review

The Nightmare From Which Ta-Nehisi Coates Is Trying Not to Awake

Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new essay collection We Were Eight Years in Power is challenging and troubling, but the trouble does not derive mostly from the challenge. In the introduction Coates sets forth the following thesis: Donald Trump was elected as a backlash to the “Good Negro Government” of Barack Obama. The “symbolic power” of the latter […]

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Religion | Politics

Androphobia — and How to Address It

“Beware of an anti-male moral panic“ wrote Cathy Young shortly after the announcement that the Hollywood Mogul Harvey Weinstein had settled at least eight sexual harassment cases. As so often, Young was absolutely right. Although some ideologically-motivated attempts have been made to blame Weinstein’s politics or, inexplicably, his Jewishness for these revelations, as more and more accounts […]

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Culture | Media

For You, Postmodern Sympathizer

This is a continuation of Lawrence Belluci’s reflections on postmodernism, which he first wrote about here. In this article he addresses a criticism that defenders of postmodernist and post-structuralist thought often employ.  *** As the interest in the debate surrounding postmodernism grows outside of academic confounds, more and more examples of postmodern “scholarship” are being […]

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Review

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

I know a man who deleted his Twitter account out of fear after he read So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. Curious about the book’s contents and what could have prompted such a move, I decided to check it out. A fair few people know the case of Jonah Lehrer, a once popular up and coming author who […]

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Religion | Politics

How the Left’s Orientalist Stereotypes Inspired the Alt-Right

As the diffuse set of political currents often referred to as the “alt-right” continue to increase their visibility, numbers, and influence, some of their leading figures have appropriated new strategies from surprising places. If by now the media is used to “meme magic” (the alt-right’s linking of its ideas to absurd images or public figures […]

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Culture | Media

‘Star Trek Discovery’ and The Slow Invasion of Streaming Services

Ten years ago, Netflix launched their online streaming service, effectively putting the nail in the coffin of Blockbuster and similar stores. Since then, streaming services have become almost ubiquitous. Nearly everyone has a subscription to Netflix, or Hulu, or both, among others. And rightfully so — both networks are teeming with great original content. Netflix […]

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Religion | Politics

A Bridge of Solidarity: an Arc of Moral Progress and Scientific Skepticism across Islamic Societies

Since 2006, I have been advocating that people here in Western, secular societies can work productively with activists and liberals in Islamic societies. Specifically, to support movements, and amplify brave voices of reason, science, and skeptical thinking, by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. This includes voices in support of freedom, tolerance and pluralism, led by local actors – including women, and women’s movements. People who finally have an emerging, collective voice, whose reach and resonance can be increasingly amplified by the powers of the internet, YouTube, television, radio and social media. This would primarily be locally owned and bottom-up, not paternalistic or top-down. It would revolve around a love of knowledge, free inquiry, intellectual curiosity and a basic recognition of the value, dignity and worth of the individual human person.

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Science | Tech

Nobel Winners Identified Molecular “Cogs” in the Biological Clocks That Control Our Circadian Rhythms

Circadian rhythms control when we’re at our peak performance physically and mentally each day, keeping our lives ticking in time with Earth’s day/night cycle. This year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to three American scientists, Jeffrey Hall and Michael Rosbash of Brandeis University and Michael Young of Rockefeller University, for shedding light […]

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