This representation of the Bamum kingdom is a rare example of early 20th-century indigenous African cartography.
Some nations can't afford to make climate change a political issue.
Conservative journalist Andy Ngo was attacked during marches in Portland on June 29.
Dominant wild silverbacks wax musical with their mouths full.
The National Institutes of Health hopes synthetic biology can engineer vaccines that outperform nature.
The true course of progress is not only charted by great men and women, but also by ordinary people having conversations.
Why do people buy into stories that are clearly lies? Hannah Arendt can help us understand.
America's socialists owe a lot to one man, but what did he think about socialism?
None of these steps are quick or easy, but practice and online courses can help.
Three years after the Charleston massacre, the 'Lost Cause' is still honoured throughout the South – and beyond
Crazy Rich Asians is the first film to feature an all-Asian cast in 25 years. It is also a bonafide success, both financially and culturally. Inspired by its fanfare, Big Think looks at seven other films that shook American society.
Ten days before he died, Stephen Hawking published a final paper with a way to prove or disprove the multiverse.
It can be hard to understand why a person would be an atheist. Bertrand Russell is here to help.
"People need to see something of a balance between effect and cause... that if something has a huge evil effect, it should be the result of a huge evil cause."
An effort is underway in the AI community to develop posthumous avatars that can ease the pain of mourning. Not everyone thinks this is a good idea.
As a teenager, Derek Black was the webmaster for Stormfront, the Internet's most prominent message board for white nationalists. But Black escaped that world thanks to an unlikely ally.
The arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby was recently forced to forfeit thousands of illegally imported artifacts.
The best-kept secret in music festivals and the six great new bands I found. “Life is a festival only to the wise.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson Every weekend, I try to […]
On February 8, 1915, at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, D. W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation premiered. The fledgling art form of film would never be the same, especially in America, which even half a century after the end of the Civil War struggled to come to terms with race. Now, a century after Birth of a Nation’s premier, America still struggles not only with race, but also with how race plays out on the silver screen. For good and ill, Birth of a Nation marks the beginning of the first 100 years of the American Cinema—epically beautiful, yet often racially ugly.
The flood of images of violence and unrest continues to flow from Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014. (See one […]
“Master of Modernism and Creator of His Own Song Style” read the posters for Jazz trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong when he appeared in Memphis, Tennessee in late 1931 at […]
Early humans lived in a world that one evolutionary geneticist compared to the fantasy world of Lord of the Rings. Not only were there many hominid populations, but these populations interbred, contributing to the genetic diversity of modern humans.
It’s the collaboration between the DNA from all your ancestors that keeps you alive.
In today’s excerpt – the alliance between the church and the Ku Klux Klan that was crucial both to enacting Prohibition and the maintaining it for thirteen years. Prohibition began […]