Ryan Klein studies at the Templeton Honors College of Eastern University. He interns at Templeton Press, has written for Ethics & Medics and Adorans, and is a big fan of cats.


“Sheep View 360” and the Virtue of Ingenuity

When your homeland doesn’t show up on most maps, it can be hard to feel respected. But when Google Earth doesn’t show a street view of your homeland, it might be time to take action—which is what some young sheep owners of the Faroe Islands have done. Faroe is a small island country located roughly … Continued

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The Virtues of Pokémon GO

I’ve always caught Pidgeys on a Gameboy screen. But now, I can catch them in the forest behind my house. Pokémon GO, a new game in Nintendo’s massively successful Pokémon franchise, was just released in the US last week. From what people are saying about it—and from all the weird stuff that’s happened because of … Continued

Entertainment

The Virtues of Free Will—If We Have Any, That Is

Apparently, free will is a hot topic for scientists this year. In just the last few months The Atlantic, New York magazine, The Independent, and several other publications have run stories about it. Judging by some of their titles—“There’s No Such Thing As Free Will,” “Scientific Evidence That You Probably Don’t Have Free Will,” etc.—it … Continued

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“Beta Male” Bullies Dads Who Just Want to Dance

There’s a place in San Diego called GroovaRoo Dance Studio where Moms take dance lessons with their babies strapped to their chests. About a week ago some of the wives’ husbands decided they wanted to learn to dance too, so they took their babies and tried. They’re not frequent participants so they weren’t very good, … Continued

Culture, Parenting

Young People Aren’t Embracing Faith; They’re Leaving It

Last year, someone wrote a satirical news story in the Eastern University newspaper about Christian students moving en masse towards Evangelicalism. It was a hilarious success—because as all Eastern students know, it’s the Evangelicals who convert to Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, not vice-versa. The administration probably has records of angry parent phone calls to prove … Continued

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AlphaGo and Our Future Computer Overlords

“We’re doomed.” These were the first words from a friend of mine upon hearing that a computer had beaten (arguably) the best living player of the board game “Go” in a five-round series of matches. “Computers” he said, “are going to take over the world.” Go is the world’s most complex board game, with more … Continued

Tech

Why Our Male Superheroes are Getting Physically Bigger

A recent infographic by The Economist tracks the changes in Batman’s physique over the last 50 years, showing that Ben Affleck’s Batman (6’4” and 216 lbs) is like a god compared to past versions of the Caped Crusader. But compared with other recent superheroes, he’s only a tall man; Affleck stands only a few inches … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

What About a $15 Minimum Wage?

Growing up in Seattle, I was never sure how to interact with homeless people. I’ve always wanted to help them, but never been confident how to. “Do I give them money? Or food? Do I just smile and try to have a normal, human conversation with them?” I asked these questions every time I walked … Continued

Culture, Politics

Is Everything About to Vanish In The Cloud?

There’s an ongoing debate about whether we should be scared of technology. Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows, recently extended that question in an interesting way: Should we be afraid of what the Internet does to cultural memory? Carr makes a great argument: Because memory is not just a mental phenomenon but is also tied … Continued

Tech

Is It Good that Government Workers Watch Porn All Day?

Apparently, government agencies have a big problem: rather than doing actual work, their employees watch porn all day. And lots of it. Federal investigations have uncovered this disturbing trend across a large number of government agencies, including the Treasury Department, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Commerce Department, the General Services Administration, and, ironically, … Continued

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