Articles tagged atheism, agnosticism, religion, history

‘The Quotable Hitchens’ Gives Us the Best of Hitchens, Arranged in a Convenient Dictionary Format

Love him or hate him, Christopher Hitchens nearly always has something interesting to say. The Quotable Hitchens presents some of his pithiest remarks, arranged alphabetically by topic.

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Gazing upon the Bitch-goddess of Quantification: ‘The Information’

We are drowning in a sea of information. Shall we stop to count the waves, or try to make sense of it all? The first of these two is the way of information theory.

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‘Revolutionary Deists’: Fanatics for a Reason

The story of deism proves that America has never been, in an absolute sense, a Christian nation.

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13 Apr 2011 // 11:30 AM

Civil War film ‘Conspirator’ aims at truth

NEW YORK — On April 12, 1861, Confederate forces fired on Union troops stationed in Fort Sumter, S.C. The barrage marked the opening shots of the Civil

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The Ol’ Rebel Heart of ‘The Communist Manifesto’ Beats On

The best-known classic of radical activism is as alive and fearless as ever.

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‘The Secret Lives of Buildings’ & the Oft Egotistical & Obsessive People Behind Them

Edward Hollis is a stylistic illusionist, adopting a variety of voices and storytelling modes as he weaves his tales of dreams, ambitions, follies, and ruins.

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Walk This Way: The Commodification of Hip-Hop

Now here's a little story, we've got to tell, about the business of hip-hop, you know so well. It started way back in history, from Alexander Hamilton down to Jay-Z.

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‘The English Is Coming!’ A Different Form of Global Domination

Robots! Bikinis! Language definitely influences society and culture; here is a glimpse into certain English terms that have made their mark on the world.

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‘The Elephant’s Journey’ Carries the Reader Along on this Shared Endeavor

Saramago's trickery emphasizes an obvious, but often neglected, point about literature: words create reality rather than merely transcribe it.

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Dusty Pixels and Patchwork Stories

Aging technology, the difficulty of cataloging games, and the ease of digital revision complicates our grasp of video game history and our ability to critically evaluate the present.

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‘A Culture of Improvement’  Is an Impressive Account of Technology and Technological Change

Friedel is a master weaver and his ability to bring together so many historical strands is truly impressive. He pays attention to the lesser-known tinkerers and tweakers as much as to the more famous inventors, making this book a fine example of bottom-up history.

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Tribal Spirituality in ‘Populous: The Beginning’

An underappreciated strategy title from 1998, Bullfrog's third Populous game is thick with references to religion and spirituality.

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‘The Great Fire of Rome’ Or, The Fall of the American Idol Emperor

Stephen Dando-Collins has written an entertaining but flawed account of Nero, the Emperor more interested in his singing career than with ruling the world.

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Would a ‘Society Without God’ Be Hell on Earth? Or Would It Be Like Scandinavia?

"Without religion, society is doomed." Discuss.

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The Crusades: A Mammoth Study of the Clash Between the Armies of Europe and the Middle East

Thomas Asbridge gives a comprehensive look at 200 years of military, political, and religious maneuvering in the crucible of the Holy Land.

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The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter

A history of 'being white' that shows how race is a social construction rather than a biological identity.

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Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History by David Aaronovitch

This book is a welcome tonic, carefully researched historical medicine, for an age prone to irrational and paranoid thinking.

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Power and Contestation: India since 1989 by Nivedita Menon and Aditya Nigam

Nigam and Menon remind us of the rich history non violent protest has had in subaltern India, and that the recourse to violence is a measure of desperation rather than entitlement.

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Garry Wills’ new book says Congress and the courts have become immaterial

It’s time we revised our eighth-grade social studies textbooks. America has no presidency any longer, but a monarchy. Absurd? Historian Garry Wills says it

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8 Feb 2010 // 10:00 PM

Azrael #1-3

Scorsese-inspired and Petraeus-infused, Fabian Nicieza and Ramon Bachs' new Azrael is an incendiary powder keg, commenting one everything from the War on Terror to its title character's relevance to the very purpose of faith.

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Robert DeLong Upgraded for 'In the Cards' (Rough Trade Photos + Tour Dates)

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"Robert DeLong ups his musical game with his new album In the Cards and his live show gets a boost too.

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