Science-ism: The Modern Religion

When we are born, we do not question why or how food gives us energy; somehow we just know and we move on. Everyone knows that eating food will make one feel good, it will make one feel satisfied. However, only when we are older our society teaches us that such behavior is called a “natural instinct” and the satisfactory …

Rooted in Misconceptions: Hesitance towards Organ Donation

One of the most polarizing scientific advancements of the 20th and 21st centuries has been organ transplantation.  The words “organ donation” often conjure up gory images of surgery and possible death. Currently, there are 120 million donors in the United States, about 37% of the country’s population, yet an average of 18 people die each day due to the shortage of …

Is the American Stance on Evolution Evolving?

The theory of evolution faced a strong backlash in the very beginning. In fact, Charles Darwin did not even venture near the topic of human evolution when he initially published his now famous On the Origin of Species. Then, he faced the threat of religious disapproval in 19th century England, but hundreds of years later, is the United States, a …

Compromise in the Clash of Absolutes

Despite the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution’s declaration that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” religion plays a major role in influencing American laws and policy [1]. Indeed, religion is inextricably linked to contemporary debates over evolution, same-sex marriage, contraception, and abortion. However, a recent Pew Research Center poll showed that for the first time …

Muslim Brotherhood: A Different Breed of Islamists

In theory, Americans and their government unreservedly support democratic movements. In practice, however, they worry about democratic alternatives to long-standing dictatorships. Sure, America is pro-democracy; but US interests come first. And while Arab dictators are certainly corrupt and oppressive, they do maintain regional stability. Along these lines, Western coverage of the latest resistance to Arab autocracies is quite revealing in …