Reading Time: 7 minutes I was six years old when Star Trek: The Next Generation first aired one of its most beloved episodes, “The Inner Light.” In it, Captain Jean-Luc Picard wakes to a life not his own. He lives in a small village, where he works as an iron weaver, and everyone explains that he is recovering from […]
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Reading Time: 5 minutes When the world seems dark and hanging on to optimism is a challenge, here are some suggestions for renewing the wellspring of happiness and calm in your life.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Optimism isn’t a naive faith in inevitable betterment, but a tenacious belief that the world can be made better—and that belief is at the root of all progress.
Reading Time: 4 minutes When I hear, “Donald Trump doesn’t represent the America I know,” it makes me wonder what America they’re speaking of.
Reading Time: 4 minutes The world is really and truly flattening the curve of climate change. Although we can’t stop global warming entirely, we still have a chance to mitigate its effects.
Reading Time: 2 minutes By James A. Haught In an 1820 letter to Portuguese scholar Correa de Serra, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “Priests of the different religious sects… dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight.” Jefferson saw the clash between religion and science clearly. Ever since his day, science has achieved astounding benefits for humanity, […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes We’ve reached a momentous milestone: For the first time ever, more than half of Americans have no religious affiliation.
Reading Time: 2 minutes By James A. Haught Human civilization has staggered and lunged through many phases and sub-phases, some overlapping: Stone Age Bronze Age Iron Age Hunter-gatherers Early agriculture Kings and empires City-states Widespread slavery Early science in Ancient Greece Dark Ages The Age of Faith Renaissance Seafaring and exploration Enlightenment Democracy Colonialism Perpetual warfare Aviation Age Industrial […]