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History: The Power of the Idea and the Idea of Power

By Jeanne Belisle Lombardo © Copyright 2012 Center for Future Consciousness Early on in Preface to History, Carl G. Gustavson refers to the philosopher George Santayana’s famous lines on the relevance of history.  He does so with good cause for … Continue reading

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Why Wikipedia often overlooks stories of women in history

Less than a third of biographical entries on Wikipedia are about women. aradaphotography/ Tamar Carroll, Rochester Institute of Technology and Lara Nicosia, Rochester Institute of Technology Movements like #MeToo are drawing increased attention to the systemic discrimination facing women in … Continue reading


Postmodern Theology – Who’s got the power?

When I studied Michel Foucault and postmodernism in the 1980s, many so-called intellectuals overlooked the idea of the holy, as taken on its own terms, and focused on a stripped down notion of socio-cultural power. Society was just the outcome … Continue reading

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The Vatican, the exorcists and the return of the Devil in a time of enchantment

Detail from Saint Michael and the Demon, a neogothical stained glass window from Saint-Martin de Florac Church. Vassil/Wikimedia Commons Philip Almond, The University of Queensland Sicilian priest and long-time exorcist Father Benigno Palilla recently told Vatican Radio that requests for … Continue reading


Why religion is not going away and science will not destroy it

In 1966, just over 50 years ago, the distinguished Canadian-born anthropologist Anthony Wallace confidently predicted the global demise of religion at the hands of an advancing science: ‘belief in supernatural powers is doomed to die out, all over the world, … Continue reading


Indigenous people invented the so-called ‘American Dream’

Lewis Borck, Leiden University and D. Shane Miller, Mississippi State University When President Barack Obama created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the 2012 program that offered undocumented young people brought to the U.S. as children a path into society, … Continue reading

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The ‘internet of things’ is sending us back to the Middle Ages

Is this our relationship to tech companies now? Queen Mary Master Joshua A.T. Fairfield, Washington and Lee University Internet-enabled devices are so common, and so vulnerable, that hackers recently broke into a casino through its fish tank. The tank had … Continue reading