Philosophy

  • What goosebumps, tears and grief can teach us about being awestruck

    You know that feeling of being at a concert when everyone’s singing together, and you suddenly feel euphoric? Or looking over the edge of a canyon and getting goosebumps? Or standing among giant, ancient trees and feeling that your own life is just a tiny blip in the world? These are all experiences of awe…

    What goosebumps, tears and grief can teach us about being awestruck
  • A sense of wonder through the eyes — and ears — of a child

    Lulu Miller is known for her work on curiosity-driven radio shows and podcasts, including “Invisibilia” and “Radiolab,” where she is now a co-host. She is also the author of the book, “Why Fish Don’t Exist: A Story of Loss, Love and the Hidden Order of Life.“ Her latest project, near and dear to her heart,…

    A sense of wonder through the eyes — and ears — of a child
  • Former Atheist-Turned-Nun Meditates On Death To Lead A Focused Life

    On Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble’s desk at the Daughters of St. Paul Pauline Publishing House in Boston is a small skull. She uses it to meditate on death. This nun, who’s the daughter of a theologian, left the church and her Catholic faith during her teenage and early adult years and focused on other interests…

    Former Atheist-Turned-Nun Meditates On Death To Lead A Focused Life
  • How Loneliness Can Lead To Totalitarianism

    It’s been a lonely year. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, rates of loneliness were skyrocketing around the world. Dr. Vivek Murthy — who later became Surgeon General within the Biden Administration — called it a silent and dangerous epidemic. And now? The agony of spending so much time alone or in a tiny bubble is…

    How Loneliness Can Lead To Totalitarianism
  • ‘Every Single One Of Them Changed Lives’: 6 Nuns At Greenfield Convent Die Of COVID-19

    At Our Lady of the Angels Convent, nuns gather to play cards, create art and pray the rosary. The women who live here come from two communities: School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) and School Sisters of St. Francis (SSSF). The Greenfield home opens its doors to nuns who need specialized memory care — former…

    ‘Every Single One Of Them Changed Lives’: 6 Nuns At Greenfield Convent Die Of COVID-19
  • Isaac Newton’s Secret Alchemy

    Was alchemy science or magic? Perhaps both, depending on whom you ask. Medieval alchemists sought to transmute base metals into gold. Their holy grail was the “philosopher’s stone,” a kind of wondrous substance that promised great riches and miraculous healing powers. Today, alchemy is the stuff of legend and fantasy. But for historians, alchemy offers…

    Isaac Newton’s Secret Alchemy
  • Philosopher John Kaag Explains Why Philosophy Can Help Us Through The Coronavirus Pandemic

    As of this week, there have been more than 5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide. More than 300,000 people have died from the illness; in the United States alone, 93,863 people have died. And sadly, the number climbs as the pandemic continues. As we reckon with the scale of this loss of life, it’s…

    Philosopher John Kaag Explains Why Philosophy Can Help Us Through The Coronavirus Pandemic
  • The Personal Builds The Professional

    “A Sand County Almanac” is built around deceptively simple essays describing Aldo Leopold’s personal experiences with nature. They shaped his concept of the “Land Ethic,” a human, moral responsibility to the natural world. Two people with nature-focused careers who were guided to them by very different interactions with the environment are Karie Cherwin and David…

    The Personal Builds The Professional
  • Why Millennials Are Giving Up On Capitalism And Turning To Socialism

    Bernie Sanders may be the public face of American socialism, but if you really want to understand its exploding popularity, you need to understand its pull among millennials. And not just newly-elected U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Poll after recent poll shows one out of three young Americans identify as either Socialist or Democratic Socialist. Fewer…

    Why Millennials Are Giving Up On Capitalism And Turning To Socialism
  • Then And Now: The Men’s Rights Movement

    Warren Farrell, a prominent men’s rights activist, is often cited in online forums where men complain about their legal and cultural disempowerment. Farrell’s 1993 book “The Myth of Male Power” is considered the guiding text for these aggrieved men, a kind of male counterpart to Betty Friedan’s 1963 “The Feminine Mystique.” Parts of the men’s…

    Then And Now: The Men’s Rights Movement