July 30, 2017

Dear Future People

By Rosebud Ben-Oni

  how angels would walk the ocean if they wanted to walk. They don’t. They hover.   —”Water at Night,” Marianne Boruch   —or did you get past us, just far […]

January 31, 2016

Charleston Heavy

By Brian Michael Murphy

I’ve loved Charleston for awhile now. The first time I saw the city’s name was on a baseball cap my dad brought back from Air Force Reserve training, one of […]

December 12, 2013

The Future of an Identity

By Amit Majmudar

Even the bitterest hater of religion would concede it is exceedingly unlikely to vanish–not least because antireligious ideologues end up behaving like a religious community, with group-forming behavior (and group […]

August 25, 2013

The Nature of Authority

By Amit Majmudar

A book describing the afterlife has been on the bestseller lists for some time, a first-person account by a neurosurgeon. It’s one of those books I’ve read reviews of, but […]

August 18, 2013

Video Games and Religion

By Amit Majmudar

  A worldwide majority of people have claimed, for centuries, that they believe in, and want to go to, heaven. Whether heaven exists has always been a matter of debate, but […]

May 11, 2013


By Amit Majmudar

  There is very little (if any) variability in the brains of human beings regarding cortical localization. That is, the motor cortex responsible for, say, left arm movement, is reliably […]

February 10, 2013

“Western” and “Modern”

By Amit Majmudar

  It is interesting to note that among Indian Hindus, the words “Western” and “modern” are well-nigh interchangeable in usage. That is, a “modern” way of dressing, loving and marrying, […]

December 28, 2012

The Importance of Telling a Good Story

By Amit Majmudar

You would think that with scientific knowledge expanding ever so exponentially, and literalist interpretations of traditional scriptures undermined east and west by it, you would see a great popular surge […]

August 12, 2012

What is Truth?

By Amit Majmudar

Let us conceive of the mind as a weave of two fibers, as we consider muscle a weave of fast-twitch and slow-twitch muscles. The relative composition of a muscle is genetically […]

August 8, 2012

Secret Credos of the Godless

By Amit Majmudar

Notice how scientists are always talking about laws. Laws with a capital L, no less. Einstein’s Laws, Poiseuille’s Law, Hooke’s Law, Fourier’s Law, etc., etc. This endless law-giving reveals something […]