Is Bart Simpson Queer?

Thirty years of episodes hint at the 10-year-old’s budding sexuality I hate fan theories. Oh, sure, I can appreciate that with a certain kind of prestige TV show — your Stranger Things, your Westworld, your Orphan Black — viewers are propelled through the series by burning questions and outrageous twists that raise yet more burning questions. It’s just that when significant swaths of the internet are given over to people working to decode the grand designs of their entertainments, I’m tempted to argue they’ve spoiled the pleasures of passive watching. Then again, I keep wondering about Bart Simpson’s sexual identity. One of the … Continue reading Is Bart Simpson Queer?

The Crossroads of History: Is the European Union Becoming the 4th Reich?

With the serious economic and political crisis showing no signs of abating in Europe, both geographical and moral boundaries are being erased in the name of globalization, Sputnik Italy quoted participants of a round table discussion in Rome as saying. © SPUTNIK/ ALEXEY VITVITSKY Now that Europe is going through a severe economic and political crisis, its geographical and moral barriers are being erased for the sake of globalization, the participants of a round table discussion in Rome were quoted by Sputnik Italy as saying. They claimed that Europe have already entered an era of uncertainty where cultural differences had blurred. Italian journalist Marcello Veneziani, for his part, noted … Continue reading The Crossroads of History: Is the European Union Becoming the 4th Reich?

Growing Human Kidneys in Rats Sparks Ethical Debate

Rats implanted with human kidneys from aborted fetuses lived up to four months after transplant. Credit: Eugene Gu et al By Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer Researchers say they have developed a new technique that will get more kidneys to people who need transplants, but the method is sure to be controversial: The research shows that it is feasible to remove a kidney from an aborted human fetus, and implant the organ into a rat, where the kidney can grow to a larger size. It’s possible that further work could find a way to grow kidneys large enough that they could … Continue reading Growing Human Kidneys in Rats Sparks Ethical Debate

Definite Evidence, and Maybe even Proof, of Reincarnation

by Makia Freeman, Contributor Waking Times Reincarnation is frequently rejected as impossible by those who worship at the altar of rational materialism and mainstream science. Yet, for those with an open mind who realize that logic and reason cannot possibly grasp and account for all the phenomena existing in the Universe, it is amusing to see how perplexed those with “scientific minds” are when presented with information which is beyond rational explanation. Beliefs in reincarnation have been around a long time; reincarnation is still widely regarded as real in Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism, and even the Catholic Church held reincarnation as true before the … Continue reading Definite Evidence, and Maybe even Proof, of Reincarnation

Sex and death in Homer

Penelope Unraveling Her Work at Night (1886), Dora Wheeler, on silk. Courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sylvia and Leonard Marx Gift 2002 Why would Odysseus dump a hot nymph? Or toyboys lust after his wife Penelope? Unveiling the erotic mysteries of the Odyssey C D C Reeve is distinguished professor of philosophy at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has written and translated many book and edited many volumes, his latest being a translation of Aristotle’s Metaphysics (2016). He lives in Chapel Hill.  The Trojan Wars ended in Troy’s defeat at the hands of the Greeks, many of whom returned to … Continue reading Sex and death in Homer