Intellectual Takeout

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This Clip Shows the Paradox of Western "Individualism"

      As summarized by Hillsdale College English professor Dwight Lindley: ​"At one point in Monty Python's Life of Brian, the ridiculous protagonist finds himself at an upper window, addressing a large crowd of...

Researchers Discover Why We Think Some People are “Creepy”

Why do some people make us feel “creepy”? It’s a frequently used term in modern culture, but one that has not been formally studied – until now. Two years ago, researchers Francis McAndrew and Sara Koehnke of Knox College in Illinois conducted...

Only 6% of Americans Got a Perfect Score on This Science Quiz

You can take the 12-question quiz here. The median score was 8 out of 12.  Afterwards, tell us what your score was. No judgments!  

Louis C.K. Sets the Record Straight on What's "Fair"

Louis C.K. is a comedian with some insightful social commentary. Here's a gem from his FX show Louie that touches upon modern society's insatiable thirst for fairness and equality: An important lesson for children to learn? N.B....

Survey Shows That Most Interrupt Social Activities to Use Cell Phones

Pew Research recently came out with a new public opinion poll regarding cellphone use, and the results should come as no surprise. It turns out that 89% of owners used them during their most recent social activity with others. Many Americans...

Nietzsche Thought Christianity Had These 4 'Advantages'

I guess it's a Nietzsche kind of day... Earlier in the day we posted a quote from Nietzsche on the fate of liberal institutions. It resulted in a discussion about Nietzsche's attitude toward Christianity and morality in the West (you can see that...

Nothing in Excess

Along with the phrase "Know thyself," these words were carved into the columns of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, where the famous Oracle presided as a symbol of wisdom in ancient Greece. They represent a fitting description of the virtue...

Doing the Right Thing

Imagine a boy is taking a test and is tempted to cheat by looking at his notes. He evaluates the situation: his notes are on the floor, and he could easily look at them without being caught. Plus, if he aces the test, he will finish the semester...

Courage, Bravery, Fortitude

"Fortitude" is a five-dollar word used to describe a virtue more simply known as "courage" or "bravery." It is one of the four cardinal virtues along with prudence, justice, and temperance. In particular, fortitude along with temperance...

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