The Night Shift by Jacob Silverman. The true cause of our sleeplessness epidemic. More.


Sociology’s Stagnation by Brian Boutwell. Emile Durkheim is the father of modern sociology; he is a titan. Over a century ago the great man issued an edict that would forever alter — or you could say, forever derail — the […]


Mind over Matter by Adam Frank. The closer you look, the more the materialist position in physics appears to rest on shaky metaphysical ground. More.


Evil Triumphs in These Multiverses, and God Is Powerless by Dean Zimmerman. The challenge that the multiverse poses for the idea of an all-good, all-powerful God is often focused on fine-tuning. If there are infinite universes, then we don’t need […]


Atlantic talks to Mary Otto, author of the new book, Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America.


Declines in Sexual Frequency among American Adults, 1989–2014 by Jean M. Twenge, Ryne A. Sherman, and Brooke E. Wells. American adults had sex about nine fewer times per year in the early 2010s compared to the late 1990s in data […]


Thomas Nagel reviews From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds by Daniel C. Dennett.

Human Sacrifice

Researchers Discover a New Reason Why Ancient Societies Practiced Human Sacrifice by Philip Perry. Human sacrifice is today, a part of urban legends or the serial murders of a few, craven madmen. But dig deeper into history and you’ll find […]


When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes by David Epstein. Long after research contradicts common medical practices, patients continue to demand them and physicians continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatments. More.


The Sun Does Not Rise by Andrew Crumey. How magical thinking haunts our everyday language, and fossilised ideas live on in even the most sophisticated science. More.


How Plagues Really Work by Wendy Orent. The next pandemic will erupt, not from the jungle, but from the disease factories of hospitals, refugee camps and cities. More.


The Trouble with Quantum Mechanics by Steven Weinberg. The development of quantum mechanics in the first decades of the twentieth century came as a shock to many physicists. Today, despite the great successes of quantum mechanics, arguments continue about its […]


If You’re Reading This Essay, You Should Probably Have (More) Children by Jonny Anomaly and Brian Boutwell. The 20th century saw explosive population growth, fueled by a combination of declining infant mortality, decreasing violence and steady growth in agricultural productivity. […]


A Top Climate Scientist Blows the Whistle on Shoddy Climate Science by Julie Kelly. A former top scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has stepped forward to expose the malfeasance behind a key climate report issued just […]


How Ultrasound Became Political by Moira Weigel. The technology has been used to create sped-up videos that falsely depict a response to stimulus. More. Related: Abortion Science: Heartbeats Are Imaginary, Unborn Babies Aren’t Alive, And Ultrasounds Are Just Tools Of […]

Too Many

Too Many Worlds by Philip Ball. Nobody knows what happens inside quantum experiments. So why are some so keen to believe in parallel universes? More.


Tornado Town, USA by Maggie Koerth-Baker. Four devastating tornadoes hit Moore, Oklahoma, in 16 years. Was it geography or just bad luck? More.


Microaggressions by Scott O. Lilienfeld. The microaggression concept has recently galvanized public discussion and spread to numerous college campuses and businesses. I argue that the microaggression research program (MRP) rests on five core premises, namely, that microaggressions (1) are operationalized […]


A Bug for Alzheimer’s? by Melinda Wenner Moyer. A bold theory places infection at the root of Alzheimer’s, explaining why decades of treatment have done little good. More.


What is a Sexist? by Jonny Anomaly and Brian Boutwell. What kinds of statements about men and women constitute sexism? Is it sexist to say, for example, that on average, men are taller than women or that women live longer […]