Spring 2007


A New Theory of the Universe

Biocentrism builds on quantum physics by putting life into the equation

by Robert Lanza

When 2+2=5

Can we begin to think about unexplained religious experiences in ways that acknowledge their existence?

by Robert Orsi

In Pursuit of Innocence

From the Spring 1953 issue of The Scholar

by Paul Sears

The Judge's Jokes

Shards of memory, for better or for worse, from my father the after-banquet speaker

by John Barth

The Apologist

The celebrated Austrian writer Peter Handke, who won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature, appeared at the funeral of Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic. Should we forgive him?

by Michael McDonald

The Cook's Son

The death of a young man, long ago in Africa, continues to raise questions with no answers

by Frank Huyler

One Day in the Life of Melvin Jules Bukiet

A Manhattan writer runs afoul of the local penal system and lives to tell the tale

by Melvin Jules Bukiet



Response to Our Winter Issue

Our Readers

Book Essay

War Weary

If Iraq is not another Vietnam, why do I find myself rereading Dispatches?

Wendy Smith

Book Reviews

Happy Talk

What did we know about joy, and when did we know it?

Wayne Curtis

The Impulse to Exclude

Ralph Ellison wrote one great novel and then lived a life that is hard to admire

Phyllis Rose


From the divinely inspired to the pathological, a history of auditory hallucination

Richard Restak

An Epic in Flux

Gilgamesh, the world's first great literary work, is still being pieced together

Sudip Bose

Design Problem

Does the internal physiology of animals imply a harmony of structure and function?

Mary Beth Saffo