Sex as Natural Means to Commitment

Tim Keller, The Meaning of Marriage:  The modern sexual revolution find the idea of abstinence till marriage to be so unrealistic as to be ludicrous. In fact, many people believe it is psychologically unhealthy and harmful. Yet despite the contemporary incredulity, this has been the unquestioned uniform teaching of not only one but all of the [Read More…]

The U.S. is Not as Violent as You Think

Since the shooting in Newtown there has been hundreds of articles written about guns, gun control, and gun violence. Patrick Cahalan has written the best of the bunch: Basically, you’re not very likely to be murdered in either [the U.S. or the U.K. Really. In fact, given that 10% of the murders in the U.S. [Read More…]

Babies in the Womb Begin Learning Language from Their Mothers

Babies only hours old are able to differentiate between sounds from their native language and a foreign language, scientists have discovered: Sensory and brain mechanisms for hearing are developed at 30 weeks of gestational age, and the new study shows that unborn babies are listening to their mothers talk during the last 10 weeks of [Read More…]

Thinking Like Jesus

R.C. Sproul on thinking like Jesus: Several years ago, I was asked to give a convocation address at a major theological seminary in America. In that address, I spoke about the critical role of logic in biblical interpretation, and I pleaded for seminaries to include courses on logic in their required curricula. In almost any [Read More…]

Why You Won’t Be the Person You Expect to Be

Somewhere an 87 year old man is looking back on his life and saying to himself, “You know, when I was 65 I just didn’t have a clue.” They called this phenomenon the “end of history illusion,” in which people tend to “underestimate how much they will change in the future.” According to their research, [Read More…]

Medieval Churches with Stained Glass Were Photocatalytic Air Purifiers

A researcher has found that tiny gold particles found in medieval gold paint reacted with sunlight to destroy air-borne pollutants: The glaziers who created gold-painted stained glass windows for medieval churches in Europe inadvertently developed a solar-powered nanotech air-purification system. According to Zhu Huai Yong, an associate professor at Queensland University of Technology in Australia, [Read More…]

Snow is the New Noir

The white of ice can be as powerful a filmmaking tool as shadow, says Ian Buckwalter. Classic film noirs used their dark settings as direct reflections of their subject matter, as well as to create the sense of their heroes getting lost. They tapped into our natural fears of the dark in the same way [Read More…]

Religious Art for Nonbelievers

What can nonbelievers learn from religious art? Quite a lot, says Aaron Rosen in an article in The Humanist: This is not simply to say that all religious expressions are artistic. But what religious symbols can do, more powerfully than any other, is reveal a horizon of meaning towards which art aspires: the ability to make ontological [Read More…]

Jerry Seinfeld Explains How to Write a Joke

The comedian describes the anatomy of his Pop-Tart joke and shows his longhand writing process. [Read more…]

Why Your Friends Have More Friends Than You

For any network where some people have more friends than others, it’s a theorem that the average number of friends of friends is always greater than the average number of friends of individuals. This phenomenon has been called the friendship paradox. Its explanation hinges on a numerical pattern — a particular kind of “weighted average” [Read More…]