What's on This Week

06.28.2015
So much of our daily lives gets turned into data -- our online shopping purchases, phone calls, family photos. We're all surrounded by data, and learning how to harness it could...
06.28.2015
As the Dalai Lama turns 80, we reflect on his legacy and remarkable personal history. Also, how various Eastern spiritual traditions have taken root in the West - from yoga to...

On Our Minds

The Hidden History of Esalen By Steve Paulson   One day in 1950, Michael Murphy accidentally walked into a class on comparative religion at Stanford. In that class, taught...
This weekend, HBO’s gritty and poetic True Detective embarked on its second season. The show is driven by Nic Pizzolatto, the writer, creator, and executive producer, whose...
Lars Svensen is a professor of philosophy at the University of Bergen, and his dangerous idea is that “work” isn’t what is wearing us out these days, but our leisure time. We...
Every day, millions of us shop online, adding items to our virtual shopping carts and then hitting send. Within a week—or maybe even within hours—the items are on our...
Christie Watson's latest novel, "Where Women Are Kings," tells the story of a couple who adopt a seven-year old Nigerian boy named Elijah. The young child has a history of...

What is Intelligence? [Video]

Paul Koudounaris has spent the past decade traveling around the world, climbing into church crypts and bone chambers and taking photos at over 250 burial sites in 30 countries. He's discovered chapels decorared with skeletons, underground caves filled with skulls, and bones adorned with jewels and elaborate costumes. Here are some of the photos of his amazing, macabre, and beautiful discoveries.