Philosophy and Ideas

2012: The End of the World Yet Again

Winter 2010

2012: The End of the World (Yet Again)?

Peter Nathan

Fear of an impending apocalypse has been with us for thousands of years. Why do people tend to get so caught up in each new prediction?

Turning the World Upside Down

Winter 2010

Turning the World Upside-Down

Dan Cloer

In Clive Cussler’s sensational 2005 novel, the author imagined the end of the world as the result of a business transaction gone very wrong. 

Spring 2009

Ayn Rand: Fantasyland

Dan Cloer

It’s unusual to find someone who not only retains his or her early views but builds a whole superstructure of philosophical meaning atop them. Ayn Rand was such a person.

July 29, 2008

Randy Pausch: Living Life in the Face of Death

Lindsay Keefer

A month after learning he was losing his battle to pancreatic cancer, Randy Pausch gave one last lecture to students and colleagues, hoping to leave a legacy.

Power to the People

Summer 2008

Power to the People

Brian Orchard

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

The Persistence of Vision

Spring 2008

The Persistence of Vision

Michael McKinney

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

June 15, 2007


Peter Nathan

Belief in one God existed before it was named, but like many other philosophical terms, monotheism is a product of the 18th century Enlightenment.