Kids? Just say no
You don’t have to dislike children to see the harms done by having them. There is a moral case against procreation
Don’t look away
Photography came of age amid the wars and atrocities, as well as the humanitarian aspirations, of the modern world
Return of the grotesque
The postmodern carnival has arrived, and there are good reasons to prefer François Rabelais’s version
‘Here we are all the same’
The US Constitution guaranteed freedom of religion, but the fight for religious equality was only just beginning
Dissolving the ego
You don’t need drugs or a church for an ecstatic experience that helps transcend the self and connect to something bigger
What is a cult?
Cults are exploitative, weird groups with strange beliefs and practices, right? So what about regular religions then?
Rules of ascent
For mountaineers, it’s not enough to get to the top – it must be done a certain way. But why is the harder way better?
Monks with guns
Westerners think that Buddhism is about peace and non-violence. So how come Buddhist monks are in arms against Islam?
Age of sincerity
In politics, as in militant religion, the performance of sincerity is everything, no matter whether right or wrong
Watchers of the earth
Indigenous peoples around the world tell myths which contain warning signs for natural disasters. Scientists are now listening