September 16, 2013 According to recent work in decision theory and philosophy, faith can be rational. Sometimes. Commentator Tania Lombrozo delves into recent academic arguments about faith and sees it as a way forward for open and civil discussions between people who put their trust in reason and people who put their trust in religion.
September 16, 2013 Russia has taken a pivotal role in negotiations over the removal of Syria's chemical weapons. Graeme MacKay sees Russian President Vladimir Putin as the classic good-bad guy, while Gustavo Rodriguez doubts he has the range.
September 15, 2013 In what GOP Sen. Ted Cruz describes as "the last best chance to stop" the the Affordable Care Act, some House Republicans are maneuvering to try to defund the health law. Rick McKee thinks Obamacare is a weapon of mass destruction, while Christopher Weyant doubts defunding will be a surgical strike.
September 14, 2013 The Washington, D.C., health department has proposed a 24-hour tattoo waiting period. A spokeswoman says it's designed to help customers avoid ink they'll later regret. But NPR's Scott Simon notes that for many, the whole appeal of tattoos is that they are painful — and permanent.
September 14, 2013 Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote in an op-ed that "there is every reason to believe" chemical weapons were used "not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces." Nate Beeler thinks President Obama invited Putin's remarks, while Joe Heller isn't worried about their long-term impact.
September 13, 2013 We find ourselves drawn to the belief that physics alone investigates the basis of the universe, reality as it really is, beyond parochial human interests and values. Alva Noë asks if we can actually accept this, or if there is more to the universe than the particles and fields of physics.
September 13, 2013 Saturday's big fight will be one of the biggest American sports events of the year, but you might not know it by looking at mainstream sports media.
September 13, 2013 Only time will tell whether President Obama's decision to hold off attacking Syria will prove effective. Daryl Cagle doesn't think things have gone the president's way so far, while Joel Pett accuses some Republicans of putting partisan interests ahead of America's interests.
September 12, 2013 Revered naturalist and filmmaker Sir David Attenborough recently startled scientists by declaring that humans are no longer evolving. Commentator and anthropologist Barbara J. King offers a clear response: Attenborough is wrong.
September 12, 2013 Do discussions about issues affecting women of color overlook Asian-Americans? One writer says yes and wants to change that.
September 12, 2013 When dictionaries add trendy words like "twerk," they're prioritizing the fleeting language habits of the young, says Geoff Nunberg. And our fascination with novel words tends to eclipse subtle changes in the meanings of old ones — "which are often more consequential," he says.
September 12, 2013 The latest versions of the iPhone, the 5S and the 5C, were unveiled by Apple this week. Mike Smith is bewildered by the number of models available, while Mike Luckovich thinks they come with one too many apps.
September 11, 2013 We know a lot. But we don't know everything. In fact, science still has quite a few "big" questions left to answer. Physicist Marcelo Gleiser pokes at 10 of them, questions highlighted in a new book naming the most difficult scientific problems of our time.
September 11, 2013 Responding to a Kremlin initiative, Syria may be willing to give up its chemical weapons. Brian Adcock sees it as a pretext by Russian President Vladimir Putin to frustrate President Obama, while Jeff Danziger thinks it still wouldn't reduce the bloodshed in Syria.