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Neil deGrasse Tyson on Intelligent Design as a Philosophy of Ignorance
Neil deGrasse Tyson on Intelligent Design as a Philosophy of Ignorance

Why even Newton was susceptible to cognitive cop-outs.

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Ray Bradbury’s Unpublished Poems and His Meditation on Science vs. Religion
Ray Bradbury’s Unpublished Poems and His Meditation on Science vs. Religion

“It is a small thing, this dear gift of life handed us mysteriously out of immensity.”

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What Makes a Classic? Lessons from the Chinese Book of Changes
What Makes a Classic? Lessons from the Chinese Book of Changes

What an ancient Chinese divination manual reveals about the design and anthropology of great literature.

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5 Art and Design Projects Inspired by Literary Classics
5 Art and Design Projects Inspired by Literary Classics

From James Joyce to Jonah, or what the Brontë Sisters’ objectification of men has to do with Holden Caulfield.

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19-Year-Old Isaac Newton’s List of Sins
19-Year-Old Isaac Newton’s List of Sins

What mother’s box of plums and sugar has to do with settling the age-old tension between science and religion.

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Richard Feynman on the Role of Scientific Culture in Modern Society
Richard Feynman on the Role of Scientific Culture in Modern Society

“In order to make progress, one must leave the door to the unknown ajar — ajar only.”

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John Updike on the Universe and Why There is Something Rather Than Nothing
John Updike on the Universe and Why There is Something Rather Than Nothing

“The mystery of being is a permanent mystery, at least given the present state of the human brain.”

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The Life of Rumi in Rare Islamic Manuscript Paintings from the 1590s
The Life of Rumi in Rare Islamic Manuscript Paintings from the 1590s

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Religion for Atheists: Alain de Botton on What Education and the Arts Can Learn from Faith
Religion for Atheists: Alain de Botton on What Education and the Arts Can Learn from Faith

How to glean secular models for engagement and inspiration from religious rituals.

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Tantra Song: Rare 17th-Century Indian Paintings That Look Like 20th-Century Western Art
Tantra Song: Rare 17th-Century Indian Paintings That Look Like 20th-Century Western Art

What a deadly bus accident has to do with Paul Klee, Paris, and the poetry of abstraction.

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