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July 27, 2010

Background Music can Impair Performance, Cites New Study

Background Music Doesn't Necessarily Help Concentration

July 26, 2010

Twilight and Philosophy

You’ve read the books, seen the movies, and perhaps stayed up all night debating the dark moral issues presented in Stephenie Meyer’s world of the undead. Ponder no more.

May 18, 2010

New Study Reveals Link Between ‘Climate Footprints’ and Mass Mammal Extinction

An international team of scientists have discovered how 'climate footprints' played a major role in causing mass extinction of mammals in the late quaternary era, 50,000 years ago, reports Evolution.

March 31, 2010

Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy

Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy is the perfect companion to Lewis Carroll's classic book and director Tim Burton's March 2010 remake of Alice in Wonderland.

March 29, 2010

Rivals! The Ten Greatest American Sports Rivalries of the 20th Century

Richard O. Davies Presents the Top Ten American Sports Rivalries

March 29, 2010

That Was My Idea! Group Brainstorming Settings and Fixation

Research shows that group brainstorming methods may yield similar ideas and limit creativity

February 12, 2010

In the Name of God

The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Ethics and Violence

February 12, 2010

Why Politics Can’t Be Freed From Religion

New book discusses the overlap between current affairs, political, and religious debate

February 03, 2010

A Brief History of Liberty

“It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us.”—Viktor Frankl

January 27, 2010

THE IDES: Caesar’s Murder and the War for Rome

Publishers Weekly calls it “a page-turner”. Library Journal recommends it, “for all readers seeking a lively introduction to a turning point in Roman history.” Historian Stephen-Dando Collins offers a fresh take on the infamous murder of Julius Caesar, uncovering long-held suspicions previously unanswered, in his new book.

January 04, 2010

Animalkind: What We Owe to Animals

“Animalkind raises all the important ethical questions about how we should treat animals.  Whether you are a meat-eater or a vegan, after reading Jean Kazez's lively and concise book, you'll be provoked to think long and hard about her arguments.” —Peter Singer, Author of In Defense of Animals (Wiley-Blackwell, 2005)

"This book will make readers on both sides of animal issues think very deeply.  Essential reading for everyone who is interested in ethical issues regarding the use of animals." —Temple Grandin, Author of Animals Make Us Human and Animals in Translation

January 04, 2010

Meaning and Mystery: What It Means to Believe in God

"This book achieves something very difficult: it provides a fresh and innovative way of looking at the age-old questions about religious faith that philosophers have argued about for centuries. Written in a clear and engaging style, Holley shows the role 'life-orienting stories' play for both believers and atheists, and, without dogmatism or minimizing difficulties, he shows how religious faith might be possible in the contemporary world." —C. Stephen Evans, University Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Baylor University

December 16, 2009

21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times

A practical guide to the learning our students need to thrive in our times

November 19, 2009

"Hobbits" are a New Human Species - According to the Statistical Analysis of Fossils

Homo floresiensis Not Diseased Sub-Population of Healthy Humans

November 09, 2009

Gifts for the Curious: What to Get the Dan Brown Fan

The popularity of Dan Brown’s latest novel, The Lost Symbol, has opened up the secretive world of the Freemasons to millions of readers. The ancient society and puzzling ciphers featured in the book have sparked interest in finding out more about both.

October 07, 2009

None of Us is As Good As All of Us: How McDonald's Prospers by Embracing Inclusion and Diversity

With its iconic Golden Arches, unforgettable jingles, and famous french fries, McDonald’s is one of the most recognizable brand names in the world. It is also one of the world’s largest employers:  more than 1.6 million employees in 118 countries. 

October 06, 2009

Political Correctness: A History of Semantics and Culture

New Book Breaks Down the Public Discourse Surrounding Political Correctness

October 05, 2009

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Releases Questionable Survey Results

Recent Article from the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies Questions Validity of Chamber Survey

October 04, 2009

“Big Ideas of History” will save Globalization and Preserve Civilization

It is a truth (somewhat) universally acknowledged that globalization has given us the most remarkable sixty years of economic growth in world history. It is a process that has lifted hundreds of millions worldwide out of extreme poverty, and has helped raise life expectancy and literacy rates.

October 01, 2009

Western Power in Asia: Its Slow Rise and Swift Fall, 1415 – 1999

For centuries, the major powers of the West were seduced by the allure of the countries of “the Far East”. Spices, textile, silk and tea were the staples of East-West trade. But competition between Western traders eventually led to military intervention and the establishment of colonial empires. These actions have shaped the history of Asia, leaving behind a legacy that continues to influence and shape this region today.