"The Satanic Verses" would not be written or published today. What's changed since Salman Rushdie's notorious novel?
The otherwise innocuous act of texting can strain close bonds between loved ones, and even create feelings of resentment toward people who are probably well-intentioned, but unaware of the toll of their excessive communications on your psyche.
A psychological relief valve and a guard against despotism, laughter is a uniquely human — and collective — activity.
A special class of vivid, textural words defy linguistic theory: could "ideophones" unlock the secrets of humans’ first utterances?
It's a common sentiment among roboticists that existing mechanical hardware is sufficient to replace humans in many of the tasks by which we earn a living.
Low-status women without strong family connections were among the weakest in Ancient society but they wielded a powerful weapon in ensuring the demise of a hated enemy: gossip.
For much of the early Islamic period, the mingling of Muslims and non-Muslims was largely predicated on a basic imbalance of power.
Truth is neither absolute nor timeless. But the pursuit of truth remains at the heart of the scientific endeavor.
How can I logically manage to deceive myself? Buddhist thought offers a way out of the philosophical paradox.
For Wittgenstein and the Vienna Circle, much of philosophy was mere nonsense. Then came Frank Ramsey's pragmatic alternative.
It's a playbook for nativists, who see interdependence as a recipe for catastrophe.
The writer and Trappist monk Thomas Merton embodied a paradox, chasing both the purity of silence and the need to break it.
Among our close animal relatives, only humans have involved and empathic fathers. Why did evolution favor the devoted dad?
From elevators to iPhones, the rise of pushbuttons has provoked a century of worries about losing the human touch.
Far from making them obsolete, the flatter business organisations of today need managers more than ever but in new ways.
It's tempting to think science gives a God's-eye view of reality. But we forget the place of human experience at our peril.
The adults who joined Bhagwan's ashram sought freedom, love and light. Many of their children found darkness instead.
While seduction training is often framed as a deviant subculture, the men involved are entirely ordinary. If their desires and discontents strike us as strange or pathetic, perhaps we should look more closely at the context in which they have been formed.
What we are or aren’t able to imagine after we’ve been victimized matters because the action we take will be the one that we can imagine bringing the desired outcome – and if we can’t imagine it, we won’t act on it.
As long as there has been inequality among humans, death has been seen as the great leveler. Just like the rest of us, the rich and powerful have had to accept that youth is fleeting, that strength and health soon fail, and that all possessions must be relinquished within a few decades. Yet this might soon change dramatically.