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America's Corrupt Aristocracy

America's Corrupt Aristocracy

After the deaths of George Michael and Carrie Fisher, a Daily Beast headline declared, "We have lost our Prince and Princess."

NPR: Gun Homicides in Chicago Reach ‘Startling Number’

NPR: Gun Homicides in Chicago Reach ‘Startling Number’

Resident: ‘It’s like the devil is just loose.’

Countdown: Our Most Read Stories of 2016 (50-26)

Countdown: Our Most Read Stories of 2016 (50-26)

At Intellectual Takeout, we are thankful for the opportunities we had to discuss the ideas and issues of society with our audience in 2016.

A Tribute to Robert Leo Hulseman, Inventor of the Red Solo Cup

A Tribute to Robert Leo Hulseman, Inventor of the Red Solo Cup

He didn't have a Wikipedia page, but Hulseman created an efficient, inexpensive product used by hundreds of millions (and he employed thousand more).

Study Concludes Women Are Better Doctors Than Men (to Great Applause)

Study Concludes Women Are Better Doctors Than Men (to Great Applause)

Confirmation Bias (noun): the tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one's existing beliefs or theories.

Friendship: A Powerful Antidote to Racism

Friendship: A Powerful Antidote to Racism

The more diverse friendship networks we cultivate, the less we think in categories of “us vs. them."  

Hanging Out at the Park May Soon be a Crime

Hanging Out at the Park May Soon be a Crime

Is it time America was reinfused with a dose of good, ol’ common sense?

Café Posts Sign Banning ‘Nazi’ Trump Supporters
Yes, We’re Getting Dumber. But Why?

Yes, We’re Getting Dumber. But Why?

A former teacher offers a reason which we rarely hear.

Why I Rent a Tiny Apartment Rather than Buy a Big Home

Why I Rent a Tiny Apartment Rather than Buy a Big Home

My ideal home has two rooms: a bedroom to sleep in, and a kitchen to cook in.

5 Suspensions From 2016 That Show a Common-Sense Deficiency in Our Schools

5 Suspensions From 2016 That Show a Common-Sense Deficiency in Our Schools

The rise of zero-tolerance discipline policies in schools has resulted in suspensions for … interesting incidents. 2016 was no exception.

The Great Equalizer

The Great Equalizer

Guns give women greater power. 

The Executioner's Song: The Best Nonfiction Novel I've Read

The Executioner's Song: The Best Nonfiction Novel I've Read

If you’re looking to start a great book in 2017, this might be the place to start.

Overcoming Cultural and Racial Division in the Age of Trump

Overcoming Cultural and Racial Division in the Age of Trump

Examining America's past can show us how to make America great again. We will see that we are a divided society that has succumbed to fear.

How We’ll Remember George Michael

How We’ll Remember George Michael

By choosing to remember only half of their portraits, we deny celebrities their humanity and overlook an obvious truth.

Physician: American Children ‘Immersed in a Culture of Disrespect’

Physician: American Children ‘Immersed in a Culture of Disrespect’

"Then Kyle replied, ‘Shut up, mom. You don’t know what you’re talking about.’ ... Kyle is 10 years old."

Univ. Suspends Law Prof. For Wearing Blackface Costume

Univ. Suspends Law Prof. For Wearing Blackface Costume

The violation and its resulting impact on students in the law school outweighed free speech protections, the provost said.

C.S. Lewis on the Christmas “Racket”

C.S. Lewis on the Christmas “Racket”

"It gives on the whole much more pain than pleasure."

The Powerful Messages of Christmas Carols

The Powerful Messages of Christmas Carols

The lessons are timeless.

George Orwell's Review of Mein Kampf

George Orwell's Review of Mein Kampf

While working as a journalist during the Second World War, Orwell penned a review of Hitler’s Mein Kampf. 

Why People Love (and Hate) Facebook

Why People Love (and Hate) Facebook

Ten years ago, no one would have believed it. But today 1.6 billion people are empowered to realize their own unique identities in this space

The Christmas Story according to Luke

The Christmas Story according to Luke

'I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down...'

Failure to Launch: Young Americans Living with Parents Hits 75-Year High

Failure to Launch: Young Americans Living with Parents Hits 75-Year High

Nearly 40 percent of young Americans lived with their parents or other relatives in 2015, the highest percentage since 1940.

Why Millions of Millennials Are Living in ‘Bad Faith’

Why Millions of Millennials Are Living in ‘Bad Faith’

According to Jean-Paul Sartre, someone who lives in bad faith treats themselves as an object, not as an autonomous or freely choosing agent.

Trump Says Torture 'Works' – But What Does the Science Say?

Trump Says Torture 'Works' – But What Does the Science Say?

Torture can be defined in many ways but it is always intentional and concerns inflicting psychological or physical pain to gain information.

How Can Children Believe that Santa Claus Exists?

How Can Children Believe that Santa Claus Exists?

Research shows that 83 percent of five-year-olds think that Santa Claus is real. Why?

FDR On How to Find ‘Peace on Earth’ Amid War and Despair

FDR On How to Find ‘Peace on Earth’ Amid War and Despair

FDR and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow each offered hope from a surprising source in the midst of national despair.

Scholar: U.S. Schools Producing the 'Dumbest Generation' Ever

Scholar: U.S. Schools Producing the 'Dumbest Generation' Ever

"The existing K-12 school system (including most charters and private schools) has been transformed into a knowledge-free zone."

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