The term “free thinker” can often be found alongside the word “atheist,” but do these two things always go together? Philosopher Bertrand Russell makes an important distinction about free thinking: it’s a way of thinking and not a particular conclusion. What makes a free thinker is not his beliefs, but …
You may have heard that, on average, women earn about 80¢ for every dollar a man earns. While this is technically true, this particular statistic can be a little misleading. You may also have heard that the gender pay gap is a myth, which is also a bit of an overstatement. What exactly is going on?
Mr. Trump’s repeated misuse of the term “fake news” is an example of what good thinkers call “false equivalence,” and it is blurring legitimate discussion of actual fake news. False equivalence occurs when someone tries to take two things that are not the same thing and try to call them the same thing. A popular version of this you may have seen on the internet involves taking whatever it is someone is against and associating it with Nazi’s. President Trump is doing the same thing by equating news coverage that he finds unfavorable with “fake news.”
Some people just aren’t that into you, or anyone else. At least not in that way.
I had never heard of the Mandela Effect until a few weeks ago when a coworker brought it up at lunch. She told me of several examples and I was immediately fascinated. The Mandel Effect is when a communal memory of something happening does not match up with archival evidence, …
With Donald Trump’s inauguration behind us, and what promises to be a controversial presidency ahead, we wanted to look back at Barack Obama’s two terms and see Mr. Trump’s starting point. Republicans have sharply criticized the economy’s performance under Obama, while Mr. Obama has claimed himself that Americans are better off at the end of his presidency than they were at the beginning. I do want to remind readers at the outset that Presidents can have a profound impact on the economy, but the effects can take years to manifest and are hard to nail down. What follows is not an evaluation of Obama, but merely a look at what has happened while he was president.
A few nights ago I woke up in the middle of the night with a craving. I had a writing craving. I think I might be developing an addiction, and I am not entirely sure how I got to this point.
The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King is of much more use to us as a man, doubtful and flawed, than he ever could be as a legend or a myth. He is a reminder that cheaters can change the world, that believers can proclaim truth even as they grapple with uncertainty. Dr. King’s story demonstrates what we already know to be true from looking within ourselves: that we are complicated mixtures of good and evil and that no label of color, creed, or character is sufficient to encapsulate us.
Millennials, like every other generation, are not demonstrably worse than their forbearers. We are just different. As we look at different generations, we need to remember that each generation has a hand in shaping the next one, but we also all grow up in different worlds as things change.
“Passengers,” starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence is a science-fiction romance that asks some challenging questions about consent, purpose, and the impossible.