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Can You Solve These Medieval Riddles?

Can You Solve These Medieval Riddles?

'No one can hold me in his palms or sight: I scatter sudden clatter far and wide. I want to hammer oaks with...'

Daniel Webster’s Secret to Intellectual Growth
If the Constitution Was Written Like Campus Speech Codes

If the Constitution Was Written Like Campus Speech Codes

It might have went down something like this ...

Can Chess Improve Student Behavior?

Can Chess Improve Student Behavior?

A new study - and a revered expert - seem to suggest that the answer is yes.

Presidential Quotes

Presidential Quotes

This is a tough one. See if you can break 50 percent.

Did 'high ideals' survive the Great War?

Did 'high ideals' survive the Great War?

The casualties of the first world war went beyond the loss of life.

The Origin of the Term 'Dark Ages'

The Origin of the Term 'Dark Ages'

Here's the first instance of it ever being used. 

Pliny's 'Natural History' Offers Odd Home Remedies

Pliny's 'Natural History' Offers Odd Home Remedies

Rome’s famous natural historian offered some, er, unusual cures for various ailments.

10 Phrases We Use Today That Originated In The Middle Ages

10 Phrases We Use Today That Originated In The Middle Ages

Some of our most popular phrases have a long history, including some that go back to the Middle Ages.

Why You Should Watch this Censored Nazi Propaganda Film

Why You Should Watch this Censored Nazi Propaganda Film

The cult of leadership has consequences.

‘Vital Campus Dialogue is Being Snuffed Out’

‘Vital Campus Dialogue is Being Snuffed Out’

In a new mini documentary produced by We The Internet, former Brown University student Rob Montz visits his alma mater to ask an increasingly relevant question: “Is the university killing free speech and open debate?”

What the Founding Fathers Got Wrong

What the Founding Fathers Got Wrong

America's Founding Fathers got a lot right, but they made some mistakes along the way.

What would Socrates do?

What would Socrates do?

What the trial of Socrates teaches us about cheating--and the difference between winning and greatness. 

Are We Blindly Accepting Preschool without Evidence?

Are We Blindly Accepting Preschool without Evidence?

Pre-K expansion is like having a hammer—with the consequence that every problem is then perceived as a nail.

Is Western Civilization ‘Superior’?

Is Western Civilization ‘Superior’?

Rep. Steve King made this claim last night, and it's generated a lot of controversy.

James Madison on the Separation of Church and State

James Madison on the Separation of Church and State

The ‘father of the Constitution’ didn’t like government and religion commingling one bit.  

Oxford Scholar: A Remedy for the Decline of Knowledge

Oxford Scholar: A Remedy for the Decline of Knowledge

This decline is producing adults with only a smattering of knowledge, leaving them defenseless against the barrage of propaganda they encounter.

Can the Decline of the West Be Stopped?

Can the Decline of the West Be Stopped?

In watching the 2016 campaigns unfold, it’s hard not to be depressed.

Sword Hunt: Why an ancient ruler confiscated all swords in Japan

Sword Hunt: Why an ancient ruler confiscated all swords in Japan

In 16th century Japan, a man named Toyotomi Hideyoshi tried to confiscate every single sword in Japan not owned by a samurai.

Are Churches to Blame for Today’s Political Candidates?

Are Churches to Blame for Today’s Political Candidates?

Church involvement in political matters wasn't always such a concern.
 

Yale Dean in 1949: Stop Worrying About Security So Much

Yale Dean in 1949: Stop Worrying About Security So Much

‘It was not men who sought security first, adventure and enterprise next, who built Yale.’

Surprised (and Saddened) by Joy

Surprised (and Saddened) by Joy

'I came away...not only repulsed by her but actually questioning the very judgment and goodness of C.S. Lewis.'

How Machiavellian Are You?

How Machiavellian Are You?

Is it better to be feared or loved? Let's see how much Machiavelli you have in you!

Policing Was Militarized from the Start

Policing Was Militarized from the Start

'I abominate and detest the idea of a government, where there is a standing army.'

Parricide Was Not Treated Kindly in Ancient Rome

Parricide Was Not Treated Kindly in Ancient Rome

There is a reason we use the world ‘roman’ as an adjective today.

That Alexander Hamilton Had One Messed Up Childhood

That Alexander Hamilton Had One Messed Up Childhood

But his Dickensian upbringing is not the most amazing part of the story.

Who Wrote This Medieval Literary Classic?

Who Wrote This Medieval Literary Classic?

Can you match these nine famous medieval authors to their works?

Kids Today Need More (Not Less) Responsibility

Kids Today Need More (Not Less) Responsibility

Our society has a misguided fear of loading children down with “too much responsibility.”

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