Spring 2008

Insight: A Vision for Life

A Vision for Life

David Hulme

Vision’s aim is to examine the underlying meaning of present conditions and focus beyond immediate circumstances: Two aspects of good vision.

Men as Gods
Messiahs! Rulers and the Role of Religion, Part 1

Men As Gods

David Hulme

It’s a reality with a colorful history dating back to ancient empires: Powerful leaders sometimes fall prey to grand delusions.

Power to the People

Power to the People

Brian Orchard

Democracy seems to be catching on around the world. Does that mean peace is just around the corner?

Christianity's Tangled Roots

Christianity’s Tangled Roots

Peter Nathan

Competing philosophies put pressure on the early Christian church to change its doctrines and practices. One of these contenders was Gnosticism.

An End to Poverty

An End to Poverty: The Will and the Means

David F. Lloyd

In searching for solutions to the malaise of grinding poverty, some innovative approaches have been applied. Do they show the way to relieve the plight of the poor?

Banking on Trust

Banking on Trust

David F. Lloyd

In Bangladesh, founder of the Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus, has turned the banking system upside down. He tells Vision how this effects the poor of his country.

A Legacy of Luck

A Legacy of Luck

Robyn Page

Many people view gambling, the legalized form in particular, as little more than harmless personal entertainment. Not everyone agrees, of course.

Relativity Check

Relativity Check

Dan Cloer

Over a century after Einstein’s first papers on relativity were published, it is challenging to contemplate what has yet to be revealed.

The Mother Load

The Mother Load

Gina Stepp

Though the idea that motherhood zaps the brain cells is fairly well-entrenched, recent studies offer some great news countering this myth.

The Moral of the Story

The Moral of the Story

Alice Abler

Fairy tales have clearly evolved over the centuries. And the changing tales say a lot about the changing times.

Are We in Need of a New Neuromorality?

Are We in Need of a Neuromorality? 

Thomas E. Fitzpatrick

As neuroscience develops tests for particular psychological traits and medical predispositions in individuals, what moral values will govern such information?

Neurogenesis: Changing Your Mind

Neurogenesis: Changing Your Mind

Thomas E. Fitzpatrick

Until recently it was generally thought that we are incapable of producing new brain cells after early childhood.

The Persistence of Vision

The Persistence of Vision

Michael McKinney

A term borrowed from the film industry serves as a useful metaphor for how we think.

Constantine: The Man and the Church

Constantine: The Man and the Church

Peter Nathan

Christianity has long claimed Constantine as one of its own. Yet even toward the end of his reign the emperor was open to new philosophical ideas.