After it became clear that the world wasn't 6,000 years old, some proposed that northern peoples had emerged independently from others.
Socrates lived during a time when people did not strive to separate fact from fiction. So how much of what we know about Socrates is true?
Most of us will never run a 4 minute mile. But on a bicycle, almost anyone can do it. As human beings, we often take for granted how our bodies work. […]
Master negotiator Chris Voss breaks down how to get what you want during negotiations.
Maps show the oldest company in (nearly) every country – and a few interesting corporate trends.
Did the 20th century bring a breakthrough in how children are treated?
A theory of history says America is in the grips of a crisis called "The Fourth Turning" that will change it forever.
Finland's educational system was driven by a culture that supports a strong social contract, one the United States currently lacks.
In his latest book, Fantasyland, Kurt Andersen covers the first five hundreds years of American magical thinking.
The latest challenger to dark matter’s throne may not be so difficult to knock off, after all. This post was written by Sabine Hossenfelder. Sabine is a theoretical physicist specialized in […]
A famous exorcist reveals how to tell the difference between being possessed and having other afflictions.
For Women’s History Month 2016, take the #5WomenArtists challenge and test your (sexist?) art history knowledge.
Cinco de Mayo is not, as many Americans assume, Mexico's Independence Day. It's not even an important holiday south of the border. Instead, its modern roots can be traced to Mexican-Americans in the 1960s and the opportunism of wily beer distributors.
Whether you’ve ever run across this famous “how many triangles” puzzle or not, you’re in for a treat looking at the magnificence of the solution. “Arithmetic! Algebra! Geometry! Grandiose trinity! […]
With Easter and Passover on the minds of so many millions of Christians and Jews this weekend, so are the deeper themes of renewal, promise, and liberation that these religious […]
Summary: The compelling true story of the Renaissance humanists who rescued Greek and Roman philosophy from oblivion and wrenched the Western world out of the Dark Ages. After the collapse […]
In Celtic legend, the island was almost perpetually shrouded in mist, and visible only for one day every seven years
Continuing a tradition I started last year, here’s a very personal, very subjective, “I can’t read everything, so I probably left out something, so mention it in the comments, OK?” […]
This trans-African colony could have rivalled Brazil for dominance of the Portuguese-speaking world.
Mapping the many paths from fully bearded to clean-shaven
Editor’s Note: After a holiday that’s all about gratitude, it seemed appropriate to post this. Please welcome Jessa Jackson as she tells the story of how she went from Mormonism […]