December 1904

  • Remarks at the Peace Banquet

    Speaking at the World's Peace Congress, on October 7, 1904, William James delivered a speech that appeared two months later in The Atlantic. In it, he considered the psychological roots of war, and explained why war would always be with us.

  • Emerson

    NOTE.—The paper that follows was composed by the late Henry James in 1868, or thereabouts, and read a few times to private audiences. It forms…

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The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it."

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What's Your Favorite Slang Word?

From "swag" to "on fleek," tweens choose.

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Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.

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Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.

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How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

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