Science

Destroy?

Why Religion Is Not Going Away and Science Will Not Destroy It by Peter Harrison. n 1966, just over 50 years ago, the distinguished Canadian-born anthropologist Anthony Wallace confidently predicted the global demise of religion at the hands of an […]

Demonization

Against the Demonization of Drugs by Sana Al-Badri and Marco Vega. For most of us, the word ‘drugs’ comes burdened with negative associations. Run a quick mental check: how many positive associations come to mind when you think of the […]

Broken

Science is Broken by Siddhartha Roy and Marc A Edwards. Perverse incentives and the misuse of quantitative metrics have undermined the integrity of scientific research. More.

Risky?

Time to End the Stereotype of the ‘Risky’ Teenage Brain by Dan Romer. A deficit in the development of the teenage brain has been blamed for teens’ behavior in recent years, but it may be time to lay the stereotype […]

Prove?

Can Cosmology Prove or Disprove Creation? by William E. Carroll. Whatever begins has a cause. Big Bang cosmology tells us that the universe has a beginning. Therefore, the universe as a whole has a cause; that is, it is created. […]

Weapons

Neuroscience—and the New Weapons of the Mind by Robert Bruner and Filippa Lentzos. Scientific breakthroughs in the understanding of the biological basis of behavior and cognition have given rise to numerous treatments for neurological and psychiatric disorders. These treatments have […]

Deadliest

How to Stop the Deadliest Drug Overdose Crisis in American History by German Lopez. The opioid epidemic could kill hundreds of thousands in the next decade. But America can beat it. More.

Secrets

The Secrets of Sleep by Jerome Groopman. Why do we need it, and are we getting enough? More.

Myth Redux

The Myth of Scientific Objectivity by William A. Wilson. My friends who work in scientific fields were aghast when they saw that the organizers of a planned “March for Science” had tweeted that “colonization, racism, immigration, native rights, sexism, ableism, […]

Mavericks?

Does Science Need Mavericks? by Adrian Currie. Staid and conformist, science risks losing its creative spark. Does it need more mavericks, or are they part of the problem? More.

High?

Why Your Blood Pressure Probably Isn’t as High as Your Doctor Says by Ross Pomeroy. One simple change could drastically lower rates of hypertension in the United States. No, it’s not proper diet and exercise (though that would definitely make […]

Pretending

How Science Saved Me from Pretending to Love Wine by Anne Fadiman. The fault was not in my stars, nor in myself, but in my fungiform papillae. More.

Inflation?

Is The Inflationary Universe A Scientific Theory? Not Anymore by Sabine Hossenfelder. Sabine is a theoretical physicist sp We are made from stretched quantum fluctuations. At least that’s cosmologists’ currently most popular explanation. According to their theory, the history of […]

Wiser

Yes, You Get Wiser with Age by Victor Gomes. Aging gets a bad rap. But disease, decline and discomfort is far from the whole story. Dilip Jeste, professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at UC San Diego and director of the […]

Anthropocene

Anthropocene Fever by Jedediah Purdy. The Anthropocene idea has been embraced by Earth scientists and English professors alike. But how useful is it? More.

Alarmists

Global Warming Alarmists Shouldn’t Exploit Hurricanes by Myron Ebell. The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 5th Assessment Report expresses “low confidence” in predicting increases in the intensity and duration of tropical hurricanes and typhoons worldwide over the long term […]

Worried?

How Worried Should We Be About Artificial Intelligence? by Sean Illing. “We should take seriously the possibility that things could go radically wrong.” More.

Untangling

Untangling the Complicated, Controversial Legacy of Sigmund Freud by Cody Delistraty. How does a man whose ideas have been widely debunked by his successors hold onto this much cultural influence? More.

Pain

Where Pain Lives by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin. Fixing chronic back pain is possible only when patients understand how much it is produced by the brain, not the spine. More.

Octopus

LRB reviews Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life by Peter Godfrey-Smith, and The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery.