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May 7 2018 | Michael Taylor
In the last century or so, a certain narrative has gained power in which religion is dead, and science is the one who has killed it. If religion does exist at all, this narrative tells us, it is only among those unenlightened folks, who--either through some pitiable lack of fortune, or, worse, some...
Apr 19 2018 | Michael Taylor
Bill Burr starts his stand-up comedy special You People are all the Same by telling his audience why he wants to get a gun. “What am I gonna do when the zombies come?” he asks. “ . . . If you don’t know how to fight, all you’re doing is gathering supplies for the toughest guy on the block, right...
Apr 18 2018 | Sara Button
One of the hardest questions adults often get from children is “Why?” Why is the sky blue? Why does our dog stick its tongue out when the weather is hot? Why do I have to have a baby sister? Interdisciplinary Ethics Fellow Desiree Lim was no different. “Growing up in a relatively conservative...
Apr 18 2018 | Sara Button
For anyone living on or near the Stanford campus, it’s not unusual to see white cars on the road with no driver in the front seat. This is, after all, Silicon Valley, and autonomous vehicles are not only the future but our present. As we inch closer to realizing this mode of transportation in a...
Apr 18 2018 | Sara Button
Just before she started her undergraduate coursework at the University of Wisconsin, Lindsey Chambers asked a friend’s older brother, who had attended the same school, what his favorite class had been. His answer surprised her a little: Philosophy 101. “I had no idea what I was in for, but if it...

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