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Netflix's new dating show is yet another that offers the American public an extremely problematic view of what love ought to be.
Is Christianity, now the butt of so many jokes and insults, really the institution to which we owe so many positive developments in history, as well as the freedoms we now take for granted?
Jimmy Fallon had a moment of panic when he thought he'd offended a drag queen and put his career in jeopardy.
Some easy ways families can work together, live below their means, and build meaningful connections with one another.
The message of Netflix's "Marriage Story" is not one of liberation, but one of deep-rooted narcissism that tells us marriage is a trivial affair.
Super Bowl LIV's half time show was an introduction to pornography for a large segment of America who just wanted to watch a football game with their family.
Teenage girls experience a much higher rate of depression compared with boys. There are several reasons for this disparity.
The new edition of Jane Austen's unfinished novel "Sanditon" is decidedly un-Austen like, unnecessarily sexed up, and just poor quality across the board.
Gollum is more like Ebenezer Scrooge than one might think, and his story teaches us an important Christmas lesson as well.
People can’t take a joke anymore. Will Larson’s humor still be appreciated, or will he unintentionally poke at the sacred cows of political correctness and mortally offend the nation?
Are those suffering from social media trolls just "not mentally strong"? Or is there more to surviving a stream of Twitter abuse?
Three players signed contracts for a total of $814 million recently. If they'd signed those contracts for different teams, they'd be taking home a lot more.
Why is it that attitudes, after the laissez faire ones of the sixties and onward, now may be changing?
Educating includes how we shape our children's reading choices.
Just last week, the citizens of Los Angeles awoke to find these posters plastered on bus stops and public benches.
The fact that Rolling Stone attempts to cite science to justify porn and villainize self-control shows our lack of consensus on virtue.
Why is it that so many people leave their TV running when guests come over? What kind of message does that send?
Kanye and Obama have something in common.
Melania Trump is a model first lady. We can learn a lot from her humility.
IVF porn is one of those sordid things that everyone knows about but no one has the stomach to talk about.
Does material luxury remove immaterial problems?
South Park, the NBA, and Blizzard show us that Americans still value freedom.
Is it an affront to society's ability to meaningfully assess female sport performance when biological men begin to compete?
The Olympic attitude towards Hitler's rise parallels LeBron's attitude towards China's abuses.
It's not by walking away.
It's more than shooting webs or super strength.
We tolerate adult pornography, but not child sexual abuse imagery. Why?
Salary transparency might not be as fair as we might be led to think.
Downton Abbey stunned the film industry this month by pulling in over $31 million at the box office opening weekend
A few people still know how to laugh at themselves and others.
Jane Eyre is a perennial novel for me. Yes, I teach it every year, but more importantly, I reread it every time. Not just a skim. A full read. And this is why.
Our moral outrage about Dave Chappelle speaks volumes.
Critiques of modern art, or anything, are perhaps done best with a healthy dose of good-natured humor.
What remains of 1969? One might recall some of Fonda’s last words in Easy Rider, “We blew it,” and think of them as an epitaph for an era as well as a film.
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is about a moment when something big happened, and historical trajectory shifted. Except, in the film, the moment is stopped from happening.
Stripchat claims to be a leader in mental and emotional well-being for its users, but the science indicates otherwise.
Does allowing for transgender females to compete in women's sports discriminate against biological females?
California isn’t nicknamed Commiefornia for nothing.
Before you choose to birth strike for the uncertain good of the planet, it might be wise to consider these almost-certain truths.
One in ten Americans meet their spouse at work. However, in the mid-1990s, almost twice as many Americans met their spouse at work.
Frank Beard's “30 Days of Gas Station Food” experiment shows that Americans enjoy a a bevy of nutritious food options, even in the places we least expect them.
Online video is contributing to both moral and environmental pollution.
Reclaiming our common humanity in the art of classic movie storytelling
Kathy Zhu has shown that political correctness conquered beauty pageants.
Until his next hearing on July 31, the media’s focus on the case seems to have diverted to Epstein’s friends and associates in high places.
Taylor Swift's most recent music video portrays American Christians as toothless know-nothings. This isn't satire; this is propaganda.
“Contraceptives are the greatest life-saving, poverty-ending, women-empowering innovation ever created.”
Over 1.3 million people have RSVP’d as “Going” on Facebook to an event titled “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us.”
A transwoman has just won a gold medal in weightlifting. Women competitors are not happy campers.
We should applaud as Americans become disenchanted with a world of cubicles and debt. They’re finding greater reward in learning a trade.
There wasn’t a wide gap between what was being discussed at Socialism 2019 and the ideas emerging from a growing segment of the American left.
When viewed analytically—based on how much money they generate—women in soccer actually make more than men.
The sober curious are challenging the belief you need alcohol as a social lubricant.
Hollywood pats itself on the back for their ridiculous dress-up paper dolls and proclaim voila! As if it is the first time we’ve ever seen the “strong female character.”
Ever since I started my crime show binge, I constantly ask myself why I watch these shows.
The ban may overlook how and why advertising works.
More than just a magnificent singer, Nat "King" Cole left an indellible mark on America both on and off the stage.
Underneath its unoriginal premise, a Netflix show toys with the idea of giving the human race a complete reset.
Amazingly, watching a dog act out the plot of classic novels doesn’t veer too far into the absurd.
Moral of the story: If you’re a white guy named Hank, shut up.
We often overlook books from the past, preferring to look at something fresh and relevant. But might these works from the past give us fresh insight into present issues?
What would happen if we reversed the mundane and made dinner special again?
Over the weekend, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, debuted her garden design for the Chelsea Flower Show. The whole family came along making for some adorable photos.
Why did so many become addicted to distraction?
A virtues project from Narnia.
Live on, Batman! Hopefully future incarnations will live up to the character’s full potential.
Given our society's current inability to engage in rational discourse, a renewed appreciation for the logos as a shared commitment to seeking and articulating truth could be our only hope.
This race to the elusive top is causing many young people to experience severe anxiety, depression, and hopelessness.
Ever been to a Communist Easter egg hunt?
I was the bat boy for the "Knoxville Smokies" for five years. I can’t think of a better way to grow up than spending those thousands of hours at the ballpark. I felt extremely lucky, and still do.
Watching episodes of the 1960's show "The Twilight Zone," I noticed that we used to define adulthood as coming to accept that mankind's negative traits can be ameliorated, but not completely eradicated.
Young men need authority structures to belong to, and in lieu of that, some are turning to hate.
I also wonder if Jussie Smollett ever encountered a university administrator who taught him that one could gain power by feigning impotence and claiming victimhood. If so, that would explain a lot
“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two makes four,” Winston Smith tells us. “If this is granted, all else follows.” When I read this line 25 years ago I didn’t understand what Orwell was saying. Now I do.
Those radicals of the 1960s seem to have won the game. Or have they?
Shakespeare's solution to toxic masculinity is a message we would be wise to consider.
Those who “don’t remember history are condemned to repeat it.” But the hostile media apparently don’t remember history and are at it again.
For centuries, people have immigrated to this country in search of the “American Dream.” Think about it. What other nation has the word “dream” attached to its name?
From the comfort of our armchair, The Office shows us what we see in others, we can see in ourselves.
In essence, Marie Kondo and Jordan Peterson are encouraging and equipping people to pull their lives together.
They’ll probably start out watching clips from innocuous shows like “Peppa Pig” or “Paw Patrol,” but it’s all too easy for them to end up in much darker territory.
Far from being the “guardians” of democracy or the supposed voice of the people, the current media and academic establishment is the revolutionary vanguard at odds with the common American.
The worst example of how little things have changed is the movie I, Tonya.
Even the measurement of gender bias is subject to gender bias.
The Lord of the Rings. Star Wars. Harry Potter. These beloved fantasies, despite their differences in tone and setting, all have one thing in common.
Television writer Andrew Davies has complained that "it is now 'compulsory' to have a leading lady capable of fending for herself."
Can millennials blame Mr. Rogers for leading them astray?
Yet if we step back, we can think of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” as merely a milestone in the long process that brought the culture to where it is today.
Real-life nannies aren't all they're cracked up to be.
Has busyness become a coveted status symbol?
As the Grinch discovers, a fully human life is possible only for those whose hearts are big and full.
Parents who fear their kids are spending too much time in front of screens now have more reason for concern.
If we were judging Walt for his bigotry and only looking on the outward appearance, we suddenly realize that we were also guilty.
How can we ensure that the children in our lives receive toys they actually use, enjoy, and are beneficial for them as well?
Chicago is proof that there is almost nothing that government entities won’t try to tax.
Many people this holiday season will experience the joy of attending a local performance of “The Nutcracker” ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Unfortunately, the wounds of the '60s have not healed with the graying of the 1968 generation.
It comes from Oscar Wilde's play, "A Woman of No Importance."
Bureaucrats are now cracking down on children's playdates.
There are other ways to teach this all-important life lesson.
Keating is well known for urging his students to be bold non-conformists and to “Make your lives extraordinary.” He’s also a reprehensible person pushing a bankrupt philosophy.
Depriving our children of the beautiful mysteries they introduce would only ultimately impoverish us, and make us less human.
We got rid of the television years ago. But a day in an airport brought me face to face with its omin-presence.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will play folk hero John Henry in an upcoming Netflix movie... but now his blackness is being called into question.
A pre-nuptial interview provides interesting insight.
I am not a fan of the horror movies. But after watching "A Quiet Place", I am beginning to see that they have a purpose.
The fact is, not every child in the world will turn into a stellar reader, sucking up information from books left and right. But there are a few simple ways adults can foster a love of reading in children.
The director and the star of “First Man,” a forthcoming film about Neil Armstrong and Apollo 11, are congratulating themselves for leaving out one of the most dramatic moments in spaceflight.
If print starts to die, a lot will go with it.
How is it that parents now need doctors to tell them to let their kids play?
The presence of Scots in Outlander is a sign of how far an historically repressed language has come in just a few decades.
Recent controversy over casting straight actor Jack Whitehall as a gay character is the latest incident to suggest this.
Actress Steph Lynn Robinson explains the four things which lead to success in business.
Butch Coolidge is a central character in "Pulp Fiction" who moves from "toxic masculinity" to a redeemed masculinity.
A deleted Star Wars scene reveals that, at least in the 1970s, George Lucas understood that free markets make free people.
The Story and Symbolism Behind the Most Chilling Image in the History of Western Art
Perry is learning what we all must: No amount of status will ever bring the peace and happiness we seek.
You never realize how much you take something for granted until you lose it.
The Foundation series—which Apple reportedly is adapting into a television series—is a masterpiece of...
The art of happiness requires the gift of beautifying daily life with the gracious touches that decorate rooms, select elegant clothing, bring cheer into others’ lives, create hospitable social occasions, and cultivate the manners that create...
Of the hours Americans devote to free time, one area in particular is rather shortchanged.
Uproar is growing over a music video created by the artistic duo Simon G & Mr Cool that features the performers singing about raping babies.
Most children spend their summers going from one camp to the next, busily engaged in anything and everything their parents can come up with, never having a moment to catch their breath. But that may be changing.
In a broken world, superheroes provide hope, exemplify virtue, and inspire action.
Digital technologies, such as social networks, online shopping, and games, use a set of persuasive and motivational techniques to keep users returning.
The raccoon that scaled the UBS building in Saint Paul, Minnesota took Twitter by storm.
“Pay attention. Confront chaos. Accept responsibility. Make the world a better place.”
Today’s children are experiencing a barrage of new books – in school, in libraries, and even at home – which encourage them to fight for social justice, to question the past and its authorities, to assert their own opinions and fight for them.
The Miss America Pageant announced last week that it will no longer be a pageant, a word which the Macmillan Dictionary defines as 'a competition between young women in which judges decide who is the most beautiful.'
This is my life: Imagine a dagger thrust into your solar plexus. Now imagine that dagger with you at every step of life, whether it be the mundane or the joyous, such as the birth of your child or the celebration of a wedding anniversary....
Encouraging boys to embrace girl toys and behaviors is growing in popularity, particularly with rising interest in gender neutral child-rearing. But is it the best move for boys?
John Cleese of Monty Python fame posited an interesting theory on why many people feel compelled to control the words and behaviors of others.
A hilarious episode of 'Gumball' has fun with the palpable intolerance of social justice tolerance.
If we want to cultivate an attitude of respect and gratefulness in our children, is throwing an extravagant birthday the way to achieve it?
How not to enrage your fan-base.
“You don't have to agree with trump but the mob can't make me not love him.” – Kanye West
Have you instilled this quality in your child?
A weekend fasting from personal devices.
Part of the growing process is not simply taking risks and enduring obstacles.
It's not as difficult as many would believe.
The lyrics to Gerry Rafferty's 'Baker Street'—in contrast to the seductive sax and upbeat strings and keyboard—are rather dark. It's not your typical rock/pop song about finding or losing love.
"If you control the flow of information, you can control everything. You can control most of what anyone see and knows."
"Today, 66% of Americans say most news media do not do a good job of separating fact from opinion."
Pro-Trump social media personalities Diamond and Silk said they were censored by Facebook for their conservatives beliefs on “Fox & Friends” Monday and believe it has something to do with the upcoming midterm elections.
In modern American culture, Christianity is admirable so long as it is reduced to a series of vague, humanistic platitudes.
Three reasons kids seem to revel in learning good manners.
It’s the parents who have changed. It’s the parents who have put their own happiness above the best interests of their kids.
China’s rating scheme is the latest and most expansive effort by central planners to use government to encourage good behavior.
Mark Meechan, the Scottish man who taught his girlfriend's pug to perform a Nazi salute, was found guilty of a hate crime Tuesday.
Why her heroines would not be saying 'Me too'.
The claim that that humans possess an “internal GPS” that will always lead them to the highest good is not a tenable idea.
The CTE Prevention Act would forbid any child under the age of 12 from playing tackle football.
In his book, Self-Renewal John W. Gardner tries to answer “the puzzle of why some men and women go to seed while others remain vital all of their lives.”
Opinions and statistics vary as to how large an impact automation will have on the employment market. But many tech execs are taking no chances.
J.J. Abrams recent charge that Last Jedi haters are simply “threatened by women” has reignited debate about the saga’s most...
Is much of the current dialogue on sexual differences between men and women patronizing toward females?
“If you don’t read good books, you will read bad ones,” C. S. Lewis writes.
One of the most dramatic events in American history is shrouded in mystery and oddity.
A few simple ways in which parents can reclaim common sense in the tech-obsessed world.
Casual hookups are getting more complicated. The actor Aziz Ansari is the latest celebrity to be accused of sexual misconduct.
The Mayberry that we see in the first few seasons of The Andy Griffith Show is systematically undermined, desecrated, and destroyed by the iconoclasm of sixties’ ideological hedonism…
Actress Blanca Blanco is taking heat for wearing a red dress to the Golden Globes on Sunday, instead of the color selected to show solidarity with the #MeToo movement.
Epiphany, a Christian holiday that celebrates the Magi who followed the star of Bethlehem to visit baby Jesus, is a call to adventure, an exhortation to move from faith to sight.
Based on experience, here's what to make of the spat as well as some advice to all of us in the peanut gallery
If we want honor to make a comeback in our culture, it does come at a price.
Are we denying students an important key toward future success?
If you are like me, you’ve resolved to make changes in your life only to experience the frustration of sliding back into old habits.
Instagram hosts more than 220 million photographs hashtagged with #selfie and more than 330 million hashtagged with #me.
Disney is wrecking all that was good and pure in a galaxy far, far away.
The basic premise of the show—ordinary human beings caught in extraordinary (and often supernatural) circumstances—never grows old.
As James Dean asked, What do you do when you have to be a man?
“Kindness is love in action,” observed psychologist Robert Holden in his book 'Loveability.'
How much can the chattering class actually help me be a better person, a better husband, a better father, or a better boss?
This brilliant Bud Light ad flips the old sense of who rules whom.
Facebook is betting that video will kill text within 5 years.
For one week, at the beginning of the 2017 NFL season, the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland’s first responders and military personnel stood as one.
Lots of accusations are flying out there, here’s something to keep in mind.
It very well may be that men are habituating themselves to pornographic fantasies and then acting them out on young, vulnerable women.
It is an odd thing about man; even at peace we need outlets for competition and conflict.
The response to Louis C.K.’s movie 'I Love You Daddy' proves C.S. Lewis was right about the nature of relativism.
So far we are hearing about rules. Some aspects of 1970s culture are taboo.
For many decades now, we have mocked the gentleman and rewarded the narcissist. Is it any wonder then that there's a scarcity of good men in high places?
'Justice League' Zack Snyder is being accused of sexualizing the Amazonian warriors in the new DC film. There is an obvious flaw in the critique, however.
Going topless has become a bit of a trend. But is it really an empowering one?
Many of Hollywood's brightest stars have been accused of what a sex therapist calls ‘eroticized rage’.
She's being hailed as a second Mozart... but does she owe part of her success to these five basic practices?
A British nursery school doesn't give kids toys. They have to make them on their own - with power tools.
"The only way we can give man the strength to withstand mental infection is through giving him the utmost freedom in the exchange of ideas."
Can parents encourage greater maturity and future success in their children by doing so?
Unfortunately, you’re already a victim of propaganda. Here are some ideas for freeing yourself.
We’re not going to learn anything if we skip over important pieces of history and avoid challenging literature merely because it might make people “uncomfortable.”
Viewed today, Leave It to Beaver remains ever fresh, even as other pop-culture products have faded and dated.
If you’re going to write “me too,” could you please be a little more specific about what behavior you’re protesting?
"I don’t know how you’re going to reverse it. These athletes just don’t have very long to be a kid," said activities director Mike Smith.
The latest scandal shows that root-and-branch reform is needed.
Harvey Weinstein’s offices sound like they are few steps backward from Mad Men. Where was the outrage?
Porn has some long-lasting effects for three types of relationships.
Democrats are rushing to give away money the Hollywood producer has given them.
G.K. Chesterton offers thoughts on the necessity of boredom.
Like Ashley Judd, Hynes was also a young, aspiring actress who was singled out by Weinstein.
A recent study found there are four ways people often make a bad impression on others.
The New York Times bombshell report on Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein shows how absolution works in 21st-century America.
There’s a real dearth of shows or, frankly, any entertainment that depicts marriage as fun.
White football fans and black football fans hold very different views about the relationship between football and national pride.
The decline comes amid a tumultuous start to the NFL season, which saw some 200 players refuse to stand during the National Anthem in Week 3.
Phelim McAleer’s play Ferguson will open at Urban Stages theater for a three-week run on Oct. 19.
Only a handful of NFL and other major league teams use privately-financed venues to host their games.
Teresa Stanton Collett, a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, sets the record straight.
The National Anthem protests are not a question of rights, but judgment.
Jane Austen's Emma provides insight.
Steelers offensive tackler Alejandro Villanueva participated in the National Anthem ceremony on Sunday, the only football player on the team to do so.
Is it time to lighten up and recognize political correctness for the joke it is?
Parents, teachers, and school officials often do their utmost to squelch the development of passion. Children are redirected from their own interests to the pursuits that adults consider more important.
Modern life is exceedingly stressful. It’s likely that in our quest for material prosperity, we’ve utterly abandoned the need for spiritual prosperity.
“Peace is only an armistice in an endless war.”
Australian comedian Steve Hughes doesn't like political correctness. And he's not alone among comedians.
It would be a mistake to overlook just how Christian this idea is.
Today’s big companies were yesterday’s small companies that upended yesterday’s big companies.
Charlie Chaplin responded to the mortal threat that the Nazis posed in a different way.
Abraham Lincoln appeared on Star Trek once and accidently insulted Lt. Uhura. Watch the 30-second exchange.
What boys are compelled by, apart from sexual curiosity, is tales of adventure and heroism, whether fiction or nonfiction.
Be a couple.
Even Ancient Rome had a foodie culture, from which Church leaders, such as St. Augustine, St. Basil, St. Francis, and St. Paul, urged followers to abstain.
Exorcism is surging in the U.S., and CNN just profiled one of the world's top exorcists. But is demonic possession even real?
Food science in modern times has been largely defined by hyperbolic conclusions and substantiations that go well beyond scientific facts.
As the oldest story in the Christian world, it attests to love, sacrifice, and redemption.
Dunkirk is a reminder that you don’t have to be Iron Man or Batman or even Gandhi or Mother Teresa to change the world.
Is this the kind of masculinity we want?
Many athletes understand that blown calls, bad bounces, and even fluke events that go their way are the backdrop on which baseball is played.
Elizabeth Magie wanted players to experience a ‘practical demonstration of the present system of land grabbing with all its usual outcomes and consequences.’
Star Wars actor John Boyega took a shot at HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones during a recent GQ interview.
15 facts about books, literacy, and publishing
Are parents overlooking an activity which can give their children long-term growth in a number of areas?
Can we really blame young adults for behaving like children if they’ve had few opportunities to be personally trained to cook or clean?
The cartoons from our parents' and grandparents' generations weren't mind-numbing - they were an important pathway to knowledge.
Star Wars is an icon of the modern idol of distraction that has become the destiny of a generation of lost souls. Modernity’s enchantment with the film is rooted in a religious hunger for transcendence—but God has been left off...
As HBO's blockbuster series Game of Thrones returns for its seventh season, Reason offers its own freedom-filled parody.
More activities do not a smart kid make.
'So, my dear ignorant, judgmental, *ssholes, this one is for you.'
You have to empower parents to do the right thing.
Bradbury wrote: “There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.”
It takes less than 30 seconds.
Happy birthday, Mr. President!
How can an individual retain his sanity, but still stay informed?
The “Preservation of a Natural childhood” could make selling smartphones, tablets, and any sort of handheld wireless technology to anyone aged 13 and younger illegal.
Do you have patterns of harmful thoughts in your mind?
11 interesting facts about the famed children’s author.
“Humor is just another defense against the universe.”
HBO’s hit show 'Silicon Valley' recently skewered the trend of using 'empathy' to grandstand and feel good without actually doing anything.
It’s difficult to imagine that college ball sports will ever be displaced by an upstart...
The Golden State Warriors missed an opportunity to rise above our polarized politics and make a statement.
Today's school reading material seems to fixate on the dark, depressing elements of society. Does that need to change?
How many have you stayed at?
Are we over-medicating children to alleviate problems that could be easily solved by giving them more family time and fewer outside activities?
A Dilbert cartoon on climate change appears to have irked climatologists and a communications group at Yale University.
We the Internet TV just rolled out a new video on ‘the Science Guy’.
It comes in a famous episode in which Woody—the bumbling farm boy-turned bartender—runs for city council of Boston.
ABC shouldn’t cancel Last Man Standing for its politics—that’s what makes it so successful.
Hey everyone, a relic of barbarism is making a comeback!
L.M. Montgomery's beloved Anne books give many examples of how true victims should behave.
What does Emperor Palpatine actually do with his power?
In November 1944, J.R.R. Tolkien described an ending to The Lord of the Rings that fans of his epic tale will find unfamiliar.
In Seinfeld, the characters often feel like victims. Everyday life, whether it is buying soup or socks, is hard for a Seinfeld character.
Buchsbaum wrote for Pro Football Weekly and each year produced an analysis of each of the 600 to 800 players.
What separates Heineken’s commercial is that it’s not preaching politics to us; it’s telling people to get over politics.
Many people have bought into the idea that life is or should be an “endless series of climatic moments.”
Here are ten lesser-known classical works that brilliantly depict the dramatic events of Holy Week and Easter Sunday.
The Netflix science fiction show 'Black Mirror' a few years ago portrayed a dystopian future in which people instantly rate every encounter they have.
"What I saw in New York magazine is something I would never present to a client," said Jay Caruso, regarding an image of Kellyanne Conway.
Julie’s Greenroom provides two excellent examples for why the arts do not need public funding.
Franklin County, Mississippi introduced chess into its curriculum and achieved amazing results.
Only they might not be the values you want the kids to have.
The FBI declined to be interviewed by 60 Minutes, providing just a terse, one-sentence reply.
Two girls were removed from a flight because they were wearing leggings. Was United Airlines right in this move?
It stems from ‘Paradise Lost,’ and there is a simple explanation as to why many identify with John Milton’s Satan.
The Blaze reportedly suspended Tomi Lahren following her comments on "The View" last week.
Berry’s musical legacy sits alongside another aspect of his life which is all too familiar in the music industry – a history of mistreatment of women.
Children are natural musicians, as they readily sing, dance and play music from the time they are infants.
Is the increase in society's crudity a sign that intelligence and wit are in decline?
"Children no longer play because we have taken from them the opportunity and, I’ll insist, even the capacity to play."
"All the World's a Stage" - Shakespeare can teach us a deeper reason for this interrupted interview going viral.
The film provocatively suggests that it can be easier to harden yourself to fight for someone than to soften your heart enough to give them care.
In an interview with Playboy magazine, Scarlett Johansson hinted that monogamy is a quixotic endeavor: 'I don’t think it’s natural'
How Audrey Hepburn differs from modern celebrities.
To Read, or Not to Read?
In her Teen Vogue piece, Bell might think she’s providing comfort to young women, but she also possesses a clear ulterior motive.
Informed viewers who want good writing, characters, and stories, be it drama or comedy, will be able to absorb any controversial subjects and dialogue.
Cracks have appeared in the teleprompter paradigm. It’s at risk from growing distrust of intermediaries, filters, reputable third-parties of all kinds.
'La La Land' is a stunning achievement. And yet there is something very wrong.
We don't use rhetoric responsibly in 21st century America.
Growing up, I knew better than to utter those two infamous words of childhood: “I’m bored.”
"I think the disconnection [to sewing] comes from schools. They don’t have life-learning events in schools anymore...."
It comes directly from Chuck Palahniuk’s book, on which David Fincher’s 1997 film is based.
“I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time – when the United States is a service and information economy…
One of America's most iconic humorists came to believe politics was the end-all-be-all of everything. And it ruined him.
For propaganda to be effective, it requires submissive subjects.
Voting is a basic civic duty in a democracy. But are incentives to vote actually helpful?
Can you guess what happened next?
It's a pervasive idea in politics, art, and culture.
President Obama said goodbye to the nation last night. Did his speech measure up?
We’re making a national production over the actor’s comments because they were clumsy and lacked subtlety. Welcome to 21st century America.
The daughter of screen legend Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, Carrie Fisher grew up in the glamour (and turbulence) of Hollywood.
The film, which is slated to hit theaters in October, will probe a timeless and timely question: What does it mean to be human?
Answer these 12 questions to find out.
After the deaths of George Michael and Carrie Fisher, a Daily Beast headline declared, "We have lost our Prince and Princess."
He didn't have a Wikipedia page, but Hulseman created an efficient, inexpensive product used by hundreds of millions (and he employed thousand more).
We all know tests don't define us. Except when we get a high score. Then they define the sh*t out of us.
If you’re looking to start a great book in 2017, this might be the place to start.
By choosing to remember only half of their portraits, we deny celebrities their humanity and overlook an obvious truth.
Here is what the modern Christmas ditty looks like in heroic Anglo-Saxon metre.
Should we dismiss Han Solo as a selfish, self-serving misanthrope? Should we resent the rebels as enemies of order and authority?
Another attack on Christmas?
For many years now, my family has always tried to make some time over the holidays to sit down together and read old Christmas stories.
And it happens in the first 30 seconds of the film.
What was the real purpose of this psychological waterboarding?
Cereal producers, family television hosts, beer companies, and shoemakers have all been pulled into America’s political sideshow.
Take a look at these thought-provoking quotes and see which answer leads you to your life purpose.
It is not an exaggeration to say that without Henry Potter, Bedford Falls would cease to exist.
A famous scene from the 1972 film 'The Last Tango in Paris' was shot by violating a very basic requirement for exercising moral agency.
One wonders if the folks at BuzzFeed might try a similar tactic with prominent Muslims who worship at mosques.
It’s a pretty funny clip. The sad part is that there are students paying $3,000 a credit for this stuff.
Why is it that no one burns flags at trade schools?
Castro’s own daughter sought asylum in the United States and denounced her father as “a tyrant.”
He really lets them have it.
Is it possible that we might go back to a plain, common sense Thanksgiving, uncorrupted by any PC-nonsense?
It might be science fiction, but Westworld grapples with moral questions that we are already facing in the present.
It's a meltdown of epic proportions.
He had a way with words.
The comedian known for his edgy humor ended his SNL monologue with a plea for unity at a time when Americans are deeply divided.
And the celebrated movie he hated.
Kaepernick is exercising more than his right to free speech.
Or are they only telling us what we all want to hear?
Philosophers refer to versions of this concern as the ‘demandingness objection’. Its advocates claim that a moral theory that would ask so much.
"We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books."
It makes sense.
A new study found that is the most common activity used to ‘bring the whole family together.’
You might be surprised at the results.
The image of the Orientalist-hero that he pioneered not only endured but grew into a celebrated and symbolic archetype of Western culture.
Research indicates that eye color might actually be a better indicator of one's drinking tolerance than body weight.
What do voters do when they consider all of the options bad?
They'll have to at the 2017 chess championship in Iran.
10 Questions. Can you do it?
A look back in history at apocalyptic literature reveals some of the same trends that have made zombie apocalypses so popular today.
A 9th grade teacher polled his class and found this answer.
The often ribald comedian shared some surprising reflections on the importance of marriage.
It’s a cool story. But have we gone overboard?
Do you recognize the most important dates and events in Western Civilization?
Celebrate Constitution Day with us and see how rights-savvy you truly are!
"I have never—and never is a strong word—never dealt with racism."
'Oh no, I just said cops are pigs; Who's gonna help me get my stuff? Why did I listen to Colin Kaepernick; He's not even any good...'
Is Miss America contestant Rachel Wyatt on to something?
The ingredients of “Star Trek” had been slow-cooking in creator Gene Roddenberry’s brain for years, but pitfalls nearly doomed the show.
From Homer to Tolkien, test your knowledge on literary classics new and old!
It's even worse than you think.
Pokemon has quite a few deep things hidden in it's text. Can you tell the difference next to some of the most famous philosophers ever?
R.I.P. Gene Wilder.
What critics attacking the remake of 'Ben-Hur' are missing.
Test yourself with these 15 questions on world history.
Lives are at stake!
The 49ers’ quarterback, who says police are targeting people of color, might benefit from seeing things from police officers’ perspectives.
Would we have healthier and happier children if we focused on instilling more basic skills such as knitting, cooking, and other handicrafts?
Ever wonder what your life would be like if you suddenly dropped some of the habits that you do regularly?
‘That is so ridiculous, man. People are people. People need to let all that go.’
Here are 20 medieval rulers, saints, men and women depicted in medieval art.
A powerful clip.
If you're seeking self improvement, there might be better places to look than Lindsay Lohan's new book.
How well will you do?
Fantasy fiction is often pooh-poohed by academics and intellectuals, but it can whet the appetite for learning.
It has something to do with the virtues and values emphasized in each of the franchises.
All three contestants failed to answer any of these Final Jeopardy questions right. How can you do?
The actor who played Gimli has become an outspoken defender of the West.
A look back on Christopher Hitchens’ controversial essay 10 years later.
"Indeed, the attraction of black culture for disaffected whites suggests that black culture now speaks to a general condition...:"
People are upset that Michael Phelps was tapped to be the Team USA flag bearer.
Does society have a problem accepting the idea that motherhood can be a fulfilling and non-shameful role for a woman?
Let's see how well you remember 5th grade science.
In his insightful new book, Cass Sunstein explores constitutional questions through the prism of Star Wars.
Just 1 percent of people can pass this difficult memory test. Can you?
Dark, violent, and vulgar, Mr. Tarantino’s movies are hardly the first thing one thinks of when looking to derive theological reflection. But ...
Bowie’s family was plagued by insanity.
Think you know medieval history? Try our quiz on English kings from Medievalists.net.
'No one can hold me in his palms or sight: I scatter sudden clatter far and wide. I want to hammer oaks with...'
Are we ignoring Shakespeare to our detriment?
You better be able to get all 15 right.
Is it better to be feared or loved? Let's see how much Machiavelli you have in you!
But his Dickensian upbringing is not the most amazing part of the story.
Can you match these nine famous medieval authors to their works?
What is Hollywood doing wrong?
R.I.P Bruce Banner.
In modern life, "entertainment" has largely taken the place of "leisure".
They will make you sweat.
The head of a prominent reading organization just bashed classic stories... is she misguided?
Only one in five Americans can.
Quiz time! How well do you know your literary classics?
“Why do [children] ... prefer structured activities to unstructured ones and ... seek adult guidance rather than lead peers on their own?”
Can you get all 16 questions right?
Tired of the current order? You need to focus your energies.
The Ancient Greeks had many heroes in their stories. Which hero are you?
Can we at least agree on that?
This brief quiz assesses your philosophical world view and determines to which of the eight schools of thought you are closest.
A Temple University physicist might have stumbled upon a method for making better chocolate.
3 Reasons Why This Is a Problem
Welcome back to middle school.
Despite the potential for limited understanding, the school started teaching and performing Shakespeare and the effects were remarkable.
9 simple questions to show off your brain power.
A scientist conducts a crazy-sounding experiment to find out.
The new film 'Lady Susan' reveals the grapple for power and money in the 19th-century marriage market.
The claim is a persistent one. Is there anything to it?
Continual adult-directed activities may be preventing creativity and innovation in children.
"I realized the school structure of sending work home is strangely geared to form a wedge between the parent and the child."
If Americans aren’t informing their minds by reading, should we be surprised when we get the candidates, laws, and culture that we do?
Buckley apparently was perturbed that Schlesinger didn't want to appear on Firing Line.
She wants to be president and likes the movie Terminator though.
The journalist admitted she approved doctored footage in a documentary examining gun violence in America.
Are you a wise Marcus Aurelius? A dignified Augustus? Perhaps the cultured Hadrian? Or maybe the diabolical Nero?
Refresh your Memorial Day knowledge with the quiz below!
If you haven't heard Matt Stutzman's story yet, you should. ?
You may not be able to spell them, but do you know their definitions?
When I was a child, my father regaled me with tales of how he and his friends once formed “The Boys Army” and spent their days creating original inventions and stockpiling weapons in their homemade fort in the woods.
Does the public have a decidedly negative view of masculinity?
Would we see less social discord if more Americans responded to their complaints with the attitude which Gehrig took?
A new poll released by the Washington Post could be the nail in the coffin.
In his final scene, Maximus undergoes what may be termed a gladiator’s “deathbed conversion.”
Her crime? Packing a toy gun that emitted soap bubbles.
Would we see happier, more functional American families if parents made a more conscious effort to slow down, eliminate distractions, and spend quality time with their children?
J.R.R. Tolkien once called Lord of the Rings “a fundamentally religious and Catholic work." Here are (about) 18 examples showing what he was talking about.
It's a persistent claim and the theme of a popular book.
How the media missed Donald Trump’s ascendancy.
People will generally get one question wrong, and one right.
Between 2011 and 2015 the number of American adults who didn’t read a book in the course of a single year went from 1 in 5 to fewer...
There seems to be a great deal of confusion on who classifies as a "friend."
The genre was sneered at for years by those who viewed it as "low-class, childish, and quasi-pornographic."
In a world where quick wit and self-interest are the norm, Franklin’s words are worthy of reflection.
We make up to 35,000 decisions a day. Try to avoid these ways of thinking.
Subjects receive electric signals as they sleep, and results show they outperform the placebo group by a hefty margin.
People do it all the time.
Learn and laugh at the same time.
"It’s worse than you could ever imagine.”
"...it has been my nightmare that J.R.R. Tolkien would turn out to be the most influential writer of the twentieth century."
The illness can take several forms and it often benefits the well-connected at the expense of everyone else.
1. Make sure you put a television set and a computer in every room. (Don’t forget the kitchen!)
Many children are no longer familiar with a key source which Charles Schulz used for his inspiration.
Psychopaths are nothing like the Hollywood stereotypes that television has taught us about.
Collodi’s stories made those of the Brothers Grimm look Pollyannaish
Psychologists Kristin Jay and Timothy Jay presented research suggesting that people well-versed in curse words are more likely to
You can even take America’s most popular psychological profile test and find out what Star Wars character you are.
'You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.'
Scientific research suggests money spent on experiences offers more long-term happiness.
100 years ago, G.K. Chesterton wrote about the dangers of the press.
The lines between sexual empowerment and sexual objectification are starting to blur.
The recent viral zombie prank has an interesting parallel to Americans' lack of knowledge.
It's a revealing lesson for media about their power.
Can you guess which beer-guzzling president named his hounds “Drunkard,” “Tippler,” and “Tipsy”?
"The average American household forks out $6,759 a year on food, or 12.6 percent of total spending, according to the Consumer Expenditure Survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of that, $756 is spent on fruits and vegetables, and $2,787...
It's becoming hard to ignore ... and resist.
A pair of Cornell researchers found that incompetent people cannot recognize their own incompetence.
“Spoiling” children with the right books can actually aid parents in raising well-disciplined and virtuous children.
'Bridge of Spies' gives us an perceptive take on what it is to be an American.
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