I Was Not Taught Where Humans Come From in School

Many Americans - myself included, schooled in Texas - never learn about human evolution by Olga Khazan edited by O Society October 24, 2019 Here’s what I remember from biology class at my public high school in Texas: We learned everything there is to know about the Krebs cycle. We collected bugs in the heat … Continue reading I Was Not Taught Where Humans Come From in School

Mammon & the Disenchantment of the World

by Eugene McCarraher edited by O Society October 22, 2019 Perhaps the grandest tale of capitalist modernity is entitled ‘The Disenchantment of the World’. Crystallised in the work of Max Weber but eloquently anticipated by Karl Marx, the story goes something like this: before the advent of capitalism, people believed that the world was enchanted, pervaded by … Continue reading Mammon & the Disenchantment of the World

Split the Baby. Drink the Poison. Carry the Hot Iron. Swear on the Bible

by Peter Leeson edited by O Society October 20, 2019 You probably remember the story of King Solomon and the baby. Two women come before the monarch claiming to be a child's mother. Neither has evidence to show. So Solomon proposes the following: He'll cut the baby in half. Each woman will receive an equal share. … Continue reading Split the Baby. Drink the Poison. Carry the Hot Iron. Swear on the Bible

Self or No-Self, What is Identity?

by Jack Kornfield  edited by O Society  October 15, 2019 Spiritual practice inevitably brings us face to face with the profound mystery of our own identity. We take birth in a human body. What is this force which gives us life, brings us and the world into form? The world’s great spiritual teachings tell us … Continue reading Self or No-Self, What is Identity?

The Wisdom of Trees

Walt Whitman on what our silent friends teach us about being rather than seeming by Maria Popova edited by O Society September 24, 2019 Hermann Hesse wrote in his lyrical love letter to our arboreal companions, “then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy.” Two generations earlier, a different … Continue reading The Wisdom of Trees