Walking New York
I'd jogged before, once or twice a week, but as every runner knows, dailiness is everything: It means the difference between scaling a wall of dread each time and looking forward to a pleasure. When you run, you feel the seasons closely. Snowflakes ...
April 23, 2015
Old Faithful: Wagner's Pharmacy Still Shares Fame with Churchill's Nearby Twin ...
An orange “WOMEN AT WORK” sign hangs on the wall beside the veggies, above the clock. Pryor scrapes Dale Romans three or four times a week. Greg Foley. A big reason for the port-a-potties installed outside Wagner's come Derby. Outside, Bible ...
March 31, 2015
The Man Who Collects Little Hitlers
Tom Duncan has a huge collection of war memorabilia, and unsurprisingly his Hitler figurines really freak out his longtime Jewish partner. The seed of There is a Hitler mask on the wall with an curious mouth, like a letter box. “That's the ...
March 22, 2015
10 ways Christian heaven is more like hell
The Hebrew writers of the Torah alluded to an afterlife much like the Hades of the Greeks and Romans—a hazy underworld in which the souls of the dead neither die nor fully live. But by the time the New Testament was written, the concepts of a distinct ...
March 23, 2015
Huge tomb of Celtic prince unearthed in France: 'Exceptional' 2500-year-old ...
The tomb of an Iron Age Celtic prince has been unearthed in a small French town. The 'exceptional' grave, crammed with Greek and possibly Etruscan artefacts, was discovered in a business zone on the outskirts of Lavau in France's Champagne region....
March 6, 2015
Did the Enlightenment cause a global decline in violence?
By and large, this increase in squeamishness is true and very good, but we should not confuse it with something it's not, and we should be aware of how, even as it makes many kinds of violence less acceptable, it might make other kinds of violence ...
March 23, 2015
Religious Freedom? Nope, Just Plain Old Discrimination
The clock is ticking down to April 28, when the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments for and against it—and by the end of June, they will have ruled on the right of every American to a civil marriage to the person of their choosing, regardless of ...
March 25, 2015
The seed of artist Tom Duncan’s Hitler collection was planted when he was a small boy. He remembers a family friend, a butcher, taking him and his brother into his shop, saying he was going to show them something. When Duncan and I meet at his New York apartment over sixty years later, the artist recreates what happened next, presenting me—as the butcher had done with him so many years ago—with a small box with ‘Hitler’s Finger embossed on it, sliding it... After a nano-second of shock, I realized Duncan had stuck his own finger in the box. As a boy, Duncan—like me—had experienced the same visual trick, as performed by the butcher. “My brother and I knew it wasn’t Hitler’s finger,” he recalled. You know it’s not real but you really want to see it. ”. Today the Scottish-born Duncan makes polychrome sculpture based on childhood memories. “Like Lord Snooty and His Pals in the Beano, going over to kick Hitler in his pants,” he says. At first it startled Duncan’s long-time partner, the artist Lisa Dinhofer, who is Jewish. “Here’s a little Hitler statue that I bought out in a fair in a pasture in Lambertville, New Jersey,” Duncan says. ’ And she said ‘No. ’. “I said, ‘Really.
Huge tomb of Celtic prince unearthed in France: 'Exceptional' 2,500-year-old burial chamber reveals stunning treasures The grave was crammed with Greek and possibly Etruscan artefacts The prince is buried with his chariot at the centre of a huge... The prince is buried with his chariot at the centre of a huge mound, 130 feet (40 metres) across, which has been dated to the 5th Century BC. The prince is buried with his chariot at the centre of a huge mound. This biggest find was a large bronze-decorated cauldron that was used to store watered-down wine. The mausoleum contained a decorated ceramic wine pitcher made by the Greeks. The most exciting find, he said, was a large bronze-decorated cauldron that was used to store.
Has the modern age seen a widespread decline in violence due to an awakening of western thought and culture in the 17th and 18th centuries. There has not so much been a decline in violence as a rise in squeamishness. As evidence of our much lower threshold of tolerance for violence, Pinker points out that in the Middle Ages, cats would be burned alive for popular entertainment. At the same time, it is hard to look at the horrors of the 20th century and not think that there is more to the story. A perhaps useful heuristic is evolutionary psychologist Jonathan Haidt's Moral Foundations Theory which sets out five "foundations" for our moral world views. One of these is "care/harm" which makes us dislike the pain experienced by others. Typically, modern persons have much stronger "care/harm" feelings than people in more traditional societies, and within the West, progressives have stronger "care/harm" feelings than conservatives. It's easy to see how an increase in squeamishness would make many kinds of violence unacceptable — but how it would facilitate others.