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Review: The Hidden Reality
April 2, 2011 – 12:42 am | 3 Comments
Review: The Hidden Reality

“And what a delicious irony it is that science, that model of sober investigation, is inexorably returning us to vistas so peculiarly like the deranged imaginings of our ‘superstitious’ past.”

Review: Examined Lives
January 23, 2011 – 3:52 pm | One Comment
Review: Examined Lives

In his book, Examined Lives: From Socrates to Neitzsche, James Miller

Review: Holy Ignorance
December 26, 2010 – 7:10 pm | 3 Comments
Review: Holy Ignorance

It is true that conservative religion is growing. But any talk of a religious revival is “an optical illusion.”

Review: The Power
November 17, 2010 – 8:13 pm | 17 Comments
Review: The Power

Byrne describes a methodology: First, imagine yourself having it. Second, feel yourself with it. Third, receive it. If you don’t receive it, that must be because you messed up steps one and two.

Review: Being Wrong
November 11, 2010 – 11:37 pm | 9 Comments
Review: Being Wrong

“The brilliance of the phrase ‘I told you so’ derives from its admirably compact way of making the point that not only was I right, I was also right about being right. In the instant of uttering it, I become right squared, maybe even right factorial…”

Review: The Moral Landscape
October 7, 2010 – 12:42 am | 19 Comments
Review: The Moral Landscape

Harris puts himself at odds with a principle put forward by philosopher David Hume and regarded as inviolable by many: the idea that statements about how things ought to be cannot be derived from statements about what is true.

Review: Long for This World
July 18, 2010 – 12:21 am | 25 Comments
Review: Long for This World

To slow down or stop aging , today’s longevity scientists have been trying to figure out how to manage deadly cellular gunk by re-engineering either its production, a cell’s repair system or the garbage itself.

Review: Mridanga
June 30, 2010 – 12:00 am | 2 Comments
Review: Mridanga

When I first saw a Youtube video of the Mayapuris dancing shirtless on stage, for a second I thought I was accidentally streaming the Backstreet Boys.

God is Not One
June 27, 2010 – 11:47 pm | 41 Comments
God is Not One

Religion Dispatches interviews Stephen Prothero about his new book, God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World — and Why Their Differences Matter.

Review: The Yoga of Kirtan
June 6, 2010 – 10:17 pm | 5 Comments
Review: The Yoga of Kirtan

Steven Rosen presents an inspired offering of knowledge, communion, and music in an easily accessible format. His conversations with twenty-one kirtana singers, or kirtaniyas, and his short introductory and concluding essays are lively and engaging.

Review: Absence of Mind
May 25, 2010 – 11:49 pm | One Comment
Review: Absence of Mind

Marilynne Robinson argues that the new atheists don’t understand human consciousness.