How the Enlightenment Ends by Henry A. Kissinger. Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence. More.
The Cerebral Mystique by Alan Jasanoff. Neuroscience gives us invaluable, wondrous knowledge about the brain – including an awareness of its limitations. More.
Echoes of a Black Hole by Sabine Hossenfelder. Ripples in space-time could herald the demise of general relativity and its replacement by a quantum theory of gravity. More.
How to Fight Bias with Predictive Policing by Eric Siegel. The data-driven technique can perpetuate inequality, but if done right, it also presents an unprecedented opportunity to advance social justice. More.
The Civilization That Soared and Enlivened the World by Robert W. Merry. What’s the West good for? Try artistic expression, scientific inquiry, exploration, and civic development. More.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Multiverse by Tom Siegfried. Rumors of science’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. More.
TNR reviews The Great Rift: Literacy, Numeracy, and the Religion-Science Divide by Michael E. Hobart.
Doctors Tell All—and It’s Bad by Meghan O’Rourke. A crop of books by disillusioned physicians reveals a corrosive doctor-patient relationship at the heart of our health-care crisis. More.
Trouble Detected in Infamous Dark Matter Signal by Natalie Wolchover. New results from a decades-old experiment were initially touted as further evidence for dark matter. But independent scientists have cast serious doubt on that claim, leaving most everyone puzzled. More.
How the Science Wars Ruined the Mother of Anthropology by Matthew Blackwell. The world fell in love with Mead’s romantic description of a paradise of free love gemmed away in the tropical South Pacific – a society with little jealousy, […]
Another Nail in the Coffin for Learning Styles? Disparities among Undergraduate Anatomy Students’ Study Strategies, Class Performance, and Reported VARK Learning Styles by Polly R. Husmann and Valerie Dean O’Loughlin. The concept and existence of learning styles has been fraught […]
Becoming a Man by William Buckner. There are commonalities of human behavior that extend beyond any geographic or cultural boundary. Every known society has a sexual division of labor – many facets of which are ubiquitous the world over. Some […]
The Scientific Paper Is Obsolete by James Somers. The scientific paper—the actual form of it—was one of the enabling inventions of modernity. Before it was developed in the 1600s, results were communicated privately in letters, ephemerally in lectures, or all […]
The Case for Sustainable Meat by Keir Watson. Meat, we are told, is bad for the planet. It causes global warming, destroys forests, diverts substantial proportions of the world’s grain for feed, all to produce meat which only wealthy Westerners […]
More Americans Are Dying From Suicide, Drug Use And Diarrhea by Ella Koeze and Anna Maria Barry-Jester. Americans are dying in different ways than they used to. As of 2014, more were dying from drug use than in years past, […]
In Defence of Scientism by Thomas Cortellesi. Nothing provokes widespread horror quite like science trespassing where it is said not to belong. This aversion is so powerful that it can unite the most disparate areas of the sociopolitical spectrum in […]
When the Body Attacks the Mind by Moises Velasquez-Manoff. A physiological theory of mental illness. More.
The Skeptical Optimist: Interview with Michael Shermer by Claire Lehmann. Michael Shermer is the founder of The Skeptics Society, and its associated magazine Skeptic. He is a science writer with a monthly column in Scientific American and the author of […]
The Behavioral Ecology of Male Violence by William Buckner. Understanding patterns of lethal violence among humans requires understanding some important sex differences between males and females. Globally, men are 95 percent of homicide offenders and 79 percent of victims. Sex […]