Confidence Tricks by Matt Seybold. The financial world is a theatrical production, abundantly lubricated by that magical elixir of illusionists: confidence. More.


Thinking Critically About Social Justice by Uri Harris. Yesterday, the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released a memo written by an attorney, Jayme Sophir, which determined that Google did not violate United States federal law when it fired James […]


The Peterson Principle: Intellectual Complexity and Journalistic Incompetence by Paul Benedetti. Today’s mainstream reporting on difficult subjects is often bereft of most of the qualities that define journalism itself. Instead, it demonstrates a lack of respect for evidence; a penchant […]


The NBA’s Secret Wine Society by Baxter Holmes. The inside-the-bottle story of the intense love affair between NBA stars and the gilded grape. More.


Robert Weissberg reviews The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money, by Bryan Caplan.


What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn by Maggie Jones. American adolescents watch much more pornography than their parents know — and it’s shaping their ideas about pleasure, power and intimacy. Can they be taught to see it more critically? […]


Teaching: Just Like Performing Magic by Jessica Lahey. One half of the entertainment duo Penn & Teller explains how performance and discomfort make education come alive. More.


How the Olympics Got Disneyfied by Michael Weinreb. The 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Games were star-studded and futuristic—and broadcast to U.S. audiences for the first time. More.


Vanity Fair provides an excerpt from Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley by Emily Chang.


Football as American Civic Religion by John Kitch. From political protests, to debates about player safety, to attempts to project the future of the sport, football has been the subject of unending controversy over the past few years. In addition […]


Yesterday, after scanning the article below, I decided to link it on the blog. Last night I spent a great deal of time reading the article, and reading Damore’s actual lawsuit…to say it was shocking would be an understatement! I […]


The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness by Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers. By many objective measures the lives of women in the United States have improved over the past 35 years, yet we show that measures of subjective well-being indicate […]


Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble by Steven Johnson. Yes, it’s driven by greed — but the mania for cryptocurrency could wind up building something much more important than wealth. More.


The Real Adam Smith by Paul Sagar. He might be the poster boy for free-market economics, but that distorts what Adam Smith really thought. More.

Dark Side

Welcome to Law Enforcement’s “Dark Side”: Secret Evidence, Illegal Searches, and Dubious Traffic Stops by Trevor Aaronson. Federal agents at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration speak in veiled terms about the secret DEA unit that shares intelligence from the National […]


Shame on You by Firmin deBrabander. Unburdening ourselves online can feel radical and liberating. But is baring and sharing all as emancipatory as it seems? More.


This year TDC grew by over half a million page views, and ended the year at 1,818,085. TDC came online 10 years ago, and has grown in readers each and every year. In my first post last year, I said […]


Time magazine names its Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017. See here.


Angel in Shoe Leather by Steve Cohen. Learning from a street cop. More.


It’s Not Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Fault White Liberals Have Anointed Him Their Prophet by David Marcus. Ta-Nehisi Coates has never been a policy wonk or a political organizer. He’s not a Marxist revolutionary like Cornel West. Coates is, more than anything […]