Does the “arc of the moral universe” bend toward justice?

Ryan Bell interviews Michael Shermer on the Moral Arc

As we pause on this day to reflect on the life and vision of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. it's easy to throw our hands up and admit defeat. Black men and boys are being killed by their neighbors and police with impunity, Muslims in the West face increasing scrutiny and bigotry, governments continue to ignore the wrongs of their nations past - and present - toward indigenous peoples, the latest boom in the economy seems to be just numbers on a screen for most Americans as 95% of recent income … [Read more...]

That all-too-human urge to understand the heart of things

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As I discussed in a recent post at the Indian Philosophy Blog, there is quite often a divide in approaches taken to the study of religion between what we might broadly call the 'philosophers' and the 'historians'. Philosophers, and I count myself as one of these most days, seek out the meaning of texts, seeing them as doorways into distant lands and into the minds of great thinkers, past and present. We often have to construct meanings through fragmentary and at times conflicting evidence: at o … [Read more...]

Threats to Mes Aynak as all foreign archeologists leave site

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First, a bit of good news. Despite previous threats to shut down archeological work and begin the mass destruction of this ancient site, a planned Chinese copper mine has not begun its work. In February of this year archeologists were given just six months to complete their work, work that could go on for decades if allowed to properly excavate what appears to be an ancient city upon a city upon a city, layers of history made rich in part by the mineral wealth that today threatens the entire … [Read more...]


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