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 Intriguing People & Institutions

50 Most Influential Living Computer Scientists 50 Most Influential Living Computer Scientists, hero image

Which technology leaders are driving us toward a better digital future? These computer scientists are the ones you should know. Do you? Bios, writings, and innovations are all covered.


25 Top Behavioral Economists Top 25 Behavioral Economists, hero image, Fryer, Mullainathan, Ariely, Pinker, Levitt, Vohs, Kahneman,

From Dan Ariely to Nava Ashraf, from Roland Fryer to Daniel Kahneman; from Freakonomics to Neuroeconomics— these top behavioral economists will make you rethink decision-making.


The World's Smartest Teens—2018 The World's 50 Smartest Teens—2018

Meet 50 of the World's Smartest Teens. These brilliant teens range from inventors and entrepreneurs to scientists baffling their professors! You don't get to meet teen geniuses everyday, but we can introduce you to a few 2018 standouts!


Former Smartest Teens: Where are they now? Former Smartest Teens

In 2013 we listed 50 extraordinarily smart teens. Now we take a look to see where they are today. Since some began college, back then at ages 13 and such, what might we expect 5 years later? We had to find out! Spoiler alert: yes, most are still very much shaking things up!


15 Top Climate Change Scientists: Consensus & Skeptics Image of half dead tree, grass and flowers on left, desert on right

Find the top climate change scientists on both side of the debate. We list the top 10 consensus (mainstream) climate change scientists, along with the top 5 climate change skeptics (deniers). Why acknowledge the skeptics? They're not necessarily fools. To fully understand any issue, you need to know all sides of the story.


25 Living Black Scholars You Should Know Bronze statue of Thurgood Marshall

Meet the most distinguished living African American scholars who have contributed to a wide variety of disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences. They are an integral part of the vibrant African American intellectual scene.


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Here are the 50 most influential living psychologists, actively changing our understanding of ourselves and our often curious human behavior.


50 Top Women in STEM Article thumbnail

These women in science, technology, engineering, & math, utilized their talent and hard work to become role models for STEM-inclined younger women & men.


50 People Who Deserve a Nobel Prize Article thumbnail

The Nobel Prizes are the Olympic medals of the mind. See our recommendations to the Nobel committee, in all six categories, plus the Fields Medal for Mathematics.


The 50 Greatest Living Artists Article thumbnail

Artistry in Dance & Drama, Film, Literature, Music, and Painting, Sculpture & Related Media. The world's top living artists and the art that defines them.


The 100 Richest Universities in the World Article thumbnail

The following schools are considered the 100 richest in the world. Ranked by financial endowment, we’ve also included the average out-of-pocket cost to attend, average salary for faculty, and research budgets.


The 50 Most Influential Scientists in the World Today Article thumbnail

Science makes the world go round. Check out the scientists who are spinning it the fastest.


The 50 Most Influential Living Philosophers Article thumbnail

Here are the 50 most influential living philosophers, actively changing our understanding of ourselves and our world. Philosophy is far from dead!


The 50 Most Generous Alumni Donors to American Colleges & Universities Article thumbnail

The donors on this list come from wildly different backgrounds. Philanthropists all, without that support, our world—especially higher education—would look very different.


The 50 Most Influential Think Tanks Article thumbnail

Here's your window into seeing who's leading the world from behind the curtain. Never underestimate the reach or ability of these think tanks! These are the real minds leading the world.


The 20 Most Interesting College Presidents Article thumbnail

College and University presidents are like mayors of peculiar towns---towns with 90+% of their population between the ages of 17-23, and another 5-10% holding Ph.D.s. That alone doesn't make them interesting...here's more!


The 50 Most Important Living Musicians Article thumbnail

The late 20th century was a wildly inventive and pluralistic time in the history of music. This list provides a far-reaching and representative sampling of our living musical treasures.


The 50 Greatest Living Geniuses Article thumbnail

Perhaps more important than telling you who some great living geniuses are, this article makes you ask what genius is! Well, here are 50 excellent examples!


The 10 Most Controversial College Professors in the U.S. Article thumbnail

In ancient Greece, would these professors have been sentenced to death, like Socrates, for corrupting the youth? See who's made our list for the most controversial professors in America, and why.


The 50 Smartest People of Faith Article thumbnail

Contrary to the notion that most educated and well-informed people are atheist or a least agnostic, here are 50 upper echelon scholars who are also people of faith.


The 50 Top Atheist in the World Today Article thumbnail

In this list you will find people who confidently deny the existence of God -- and they are well-known for their position. Find out who makes the biggest public impact for their atheist beliefs.


The 25 Most Amazing College Campus Buildings Article thumbnail

The amazing campus buildings and structures that follow enhance student life and the college experience as a whole.Their excesses, even when they involve hundreds of millions of dollars, are necessary and well worth it!


Non-Lawyer Careers of U.S. Presidents Article thumbnail

Practicing law is not a prerequisite to running the country. Here, we take a look at what the 17 Presidents who weren’t lawyers did, professionally, before their time as POTUS.


The 10 Highest-Paid College Professors in the U.S. Article thumbnail

Average college and university professor salaries range from $30,000--$100,000; these professors are well out of that typical salary range.


Jaime Escalante---A Great Teacher You Should Know Article thumbnail

Played by Eddie Olmos in the film Stand and Deliver, Escalante took inner-city LA kids to a level of math achievement unheard of before or since.


Recognized Schools for Children with Autism Article thumbnail

Selecting a school for an autistic child is a heavy responsibility, to say the least. This list provides some guidance, and is perhaps a starting point for making a life-changing decision.


The 25 Highest-Paid College Coaches Article thumbnail

College athletics is big business, and universities stand to profit greatly on successful programs. But it takes money to make money, and big universities are willing to write big paychecks for coaches who can get the gold.


Joining a Fraternity or Sorority: The Pros and Cons of Greek Life Article thumbnail

Every year thousands of college students face the choice of whether to join a fraternity or sorority. Here are the real pros and cons of greek life, to help you make your choice!


 Interviews

Dan Ariely Interview Article thumbnail

One of the most perceptive researchers in the emerging field of behavioral economics, Ariely employs social psychological experiments to uncover what humans actually do, rather than what standard economics predicts they'll do.


Peter J. Boettke Interview Article thumbnail

One of the most influential Austrian economists today and George Mason economics professor, Boettke talks to us about Austrian Theory and his book Living Economics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.


Richard Carrier Interview Article thumbnail

World-renowned author and speaker, Carrier is a historian, published philosopher, and prominent defender of the American freethought movement. Join us to learn more about Richard Carrier.


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An interview with Ben Carson, M.D., president & cofounder of the Carson Scholars Fund and an influential advocate for public education. Topic: Education.


William Dembski Interview Article thumbnail

A leading thinker about design in biology, Dembski discusses his varied career as a mathematician, philosopher, and theologian, offering insights about how to deal with controversy in the academy.


Bart Ehrman Interview Article thumbnail

Bart Ehrman is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina. A leading New Testament scholars, Ehrman combines rigorous textual criticism with close attention to the historical and cultural context of early Christian literature.


Henry Gradillas Interview Article thumbnail

Garfield High's remarkable principal, who oversaw its golden age as depicted in the film Stand and Deliver, describes his life and revolutionary approach to education.


Nancy Grasmick Interview Article thumbnail

President of the Carson Scholars Fund, Grasmick's career as a teacher and administrator led her to establish a Middle School Steering Committee. The committee's report, The Critical Middle, attracted wide attention, and is our focus, here.


William Happer Interview Article thumbnail

Happer is the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics, Emeritus, in the Department of Physics at Princeton University. Harper served as Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science from 1991–1993.


Jennifer Michael Hecht Interview Article thumbnail

An atheist in the best humanistic tradition, Hecht displays a sensitivity and insight to the human religious impulse that's foreign to the more strident atheists like Sam Harris.


David Karoly Interview Article thumbnail

Karoly is Professor of Atmospheric Science in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Karoly is internationally recognized as an expert in climate change and variability.


Michael Licona Interview Article thumbnail

Licona, Professor of Theology at Houston Baptist University, talks to us about his book (a standard for Resurrection historicity) The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Histiographical Approach.


Greg Lukianoff Interview Article thumbnail

President of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), Lukianoff talks to us about the infringement upon free-speech rights of students on America’s college campuses.


Timothy Mahoney Interview Article thumbnail

Documentary filmmaker and Thinking Man Films founder, Mahoney encourages people “to reexamine what they have been taught about science, history, religion, and culture.” Here, we discuss Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus.


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Emory University Sociology Ph.D. student, Chris Martin, along with a number of more senior scholars, recently founded Heterodox Academy, an organization dedicated to promoting viewpoint diversity in U.S. colleges and universities.


Jean Mrasek Interview Article thumbnail

College students and their parents often have preconceived notions about Greek organizations. For better insight, we asked the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) chair, Jean Mrasek.


Denis Noble Interview Article thumbnail

Emeritus Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology at Oxford and a pioneer of systems biology, Noble developed the first successful mathematical model simulating the activity of the living heart in 1960.


Holly Ordway Interview Article thumbnail

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Ordway, chair of Houston Baptist University's Department of Apologetics, as she discusses why apologetics has slipped into disuse, and why from there it must be revived.


Shai Reshef Interview Article thumbnail

Reshef is a serial educational entrepreneur with an innovative background in bringing test-prep, tutoring, and university education online. Today he is founder and president of University of the People.


Sally Satel Interview Article thumbnail

A trenchant critic of reductive neuroscience, Satel authored Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience. In this interview, we discuss this book, its ideas, and what led her to write it.


Rupert Sheldrake Interview Article thumbnail

Cambridge-trained biochemist and plant physiologist, Rupert Sheldrake, is a prominent public intellectual critical of the authoritarianism and closed-mindedness that he finds increasingly typical of mainstream science.


Michael Shermer Interview Article thumbnail

Editor-in-chief of Skeptic magazine and author of the just-published book The Moral Arc, Shermer has a powerful voice on science, evolution, religion, morality, and other topics. Join us to learn more about Michael Shermer.


Marc Slater Interview Article thumbnail

Entrepreneur and computer programmer, Slater developed well-respected software to help students improve their vocabulary, spelling, typing, and reading. In this interview we focus on his speed reading software, 7SpeedReading.


John Stonestreet Interview Article thumbnail

For over fifteen years he has helped head worldview training at Summit Ministries, a Colorado based organization that educates high school students on how to think about the big questions of life from a Christian vantage.


Khaldoun Sweis Interview Article thumbnail

A well-known public lecturer and blogger on Christian apologetics, Dr. Sweis has published three books in Christian apologetics and has published on the philosophy of mind.


David Tomar Interview Article thumbnail

David Tomar, a.k.a. Ed Dante, achieved renown as a whistleblower in a 2010 Chronicle of Higher Education article "The Shadow Scholar." We sat down with Tomar to learn more about the depths of ghostwriting in academia.


Angelo Villavicencio Interview Article thumbnail

Villavicencio worked alongside the renowned Jaime Escalante at Garfield High School in East LA in the late 1980s. Their work and success garnered much attention, including the feature film Stand and Deliver.


David Sloan Wilson Interview Article thumbnail

Distinguished Professor in Anthropology and Biology at Binghamton University, Wilson has authored numerous books on evolutionary theory. His research focuses on group selection and on social and cultural evolution of human beings.


 Focused Civil Dialogues

Ehrman–Licona Dialogue on the Historical Reliability of the New Testament

An in-depth dialogue on the historical reliability of the New Testament between Bible scholars Bart Ehrman and Mike Licona.


Karoly/Tamblyn–Happer Dialogue on Global Warming Karoly, Happer, Tamblyn FCD on Global Warming

David Karoly, Glenn Tamblyn, and William Happer engage in an in-depth dialogue on CO₂ levels and climate change (global warming) at TheBestSchools.org.


Noble–Wilson Dialogue on Evolution: Is Neo-Darwinism Enough? FCD on Evolution, Neo-Darwinism, Denis Noble and David Sloan Wilson

Denis Noble and David Sloan Wilson engage in an in-depth dialogue on neo-Darwinian evolution at TheBestSchools.org, online now!


Sheldrake-Shermer Dialogue on the Nature of Science Article thumbnail

An intensive dialogue/debate on the nature of science between UK biologist Rupert Sheldrake & American skeptic Michael Shermer.


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