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Our Vision


Curated by expert editors and guided by Marginalia' s vision of democratizing depth in an age drowning in the shallows, our pages unite the separated silos of the university, arts, science, and culture into a single space of insight and learning—all without a paywall. 

The internet and education are in crisis.

The fragmentation of higher education parallels the divisions of the global community and the new tribalism the Internet has helped create, with each group closed into its own sphere of interests and information, custom-made to confirm its biases.

The result? We were promised knowledge and tolerance for everyone, and are now more divided than ever.

We witness this division in the splintering of human meaning in art, religion, and culture from scholarship and science. Knowledge disintegrated into specialized silos lacks meaning and has no impact, yet meaning that is not based on science and scholarship magnifies human prejudice and tribalism, making Fake News the new normal.

Depth of meaning combined with rigorous thinking continues the best of the Enlightenment project, and becomes our contribution to the public good: Deep Learning for the Digital Age.

Marginalia‘s Mission is to use the two great knowledge technologies of the modern world, the internet and the research university, to solve the crisis they have created: the fragmentation of rigorous knowledge from human meaning.

Marginalia combines the virtues of the university and the internet to create new forms of critical knowledge that intersect journalism, scholarship, and public discourse.


MRB began in 2013 as a review of books focusing on history and religion, and was re-founded in 2017 under the current publisher and Editor, Samuel Loncar, Ph.D.  

Since 2017, Marginalia has provided a new digital commons for conversation about the most important subjects, from science and history, to art and religion. As a charitable organization and magazine for the public good, your donation is tax deductible. 

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