Opening Soon: New College

A.C. Grayling (previously highlighted as author of “The Good Book: A Secular Bible”), is making news again, but this time as the frontman for New College of the Humanities. A start-up under the banner of the University of London, New College has captured headlines in the UK for its “shocking” price tag of £18,000 (or approx. $30,000). … Read more

How to Spot a Psychopath

Sometimes the line between sanity and insanity is not as clearly defined as people might like to think. This fascinating piece from Jon Ronson and the Guardian explores this in some depth, particularly a case where a criminal deliberately faked insanity only to realize that officials would not then reverse the diagnosis despite his best efforts. While … Read more

Condemned to Joy

“…We are probably the first society in history to make people unhappy for not being happy.”  This article points to a major fault line in modern society: we feel guilty for being unhappy.  The City Journal here echoes one of the leading themes of the prescient book Brave New World (1938, recommended here): a seemingly “happy” dystopia.  Are you inadvertently helping to … Read more