Science

Boost

Science Is Giving the Pro-Life Movement a Boost by Emma Green. Advocates are tracking new developments in neonatal research and technology—and transforming one of America’s most contentious debates. More.

Unleashed

Evolution Unleashed by Kevin Laland. Is evolutionary science due for a major overhaul – or is talk of ‘revolution’ misguided? More.

Skeptic

I Was A Skeptic Of Mindfulness … Until I Tried To Make My Case by Chadwick Matlin. Our science staff is trying to lead a more scientific life in 2018. Throughout the week, we’ve been questioning whether some of our […]

Pseudoscience

Tom Brady Is Drowning In His Own Pseudoscience by Christie Aschwanden. I am done with testimonials from professional athletes. I’ve spent the last year and a half reporting and writing a book about exercise recovery1, and what I’ve learned is […]

Beginnings

The End of the RNA World Is Near, Biochemists Argue by Jordana Cepelewicz. For decades, an origin-of-life story starring RNA has prevailed. New research may be shaking that theory’s hold on our understanding of life’s beginnings. More.

Matter

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

Intelligence

The Neuroscience of Intelligence: An Interview with Richard Haier by Claire Lehmann. Richard Haier is a Professor Emeritus at the University of California Irvine and is the author of the Neuroscience of Intelligence published by Cambridge University Press. Over his […]

AI-nxiety Redux

Rational AI-nxiety: A Counter-Argument by Anna Marieta Moise. This is a reply to the article here. More.

Consciousness

The Mathematics of Mind-Timeby Karl Friston. The special trick of consciousness is being able to project action and time into a range of possible futures. More.

AI-nxiety

Irrational AI-nxiety by Edward Clint. Very smart people tell us to be very worried about AI. But very smart people can also be very wrong and their paranoia is a form of cognitive bias owed to our evolved psychology. Concerns […]

Enduring

Jerry Fodor’s Enduring Critique of Neo-Darwinism by Stephen Metcalf. The philosopher Jerry Fodor was important for the same reason you’ve probably never heard of him: he was unimpressed, to put it politely, by the intellectual trends of the day. His […]

Location?

Galactic Position System by Sarah Scoles. We can point to our home on a globe and find Earth in a model of the solar system but where are we in the Milky Way? More.

Revival

Freud in the Scanner by M M Owen. A revival of interest in the power of introspection and thought has brought Freud’s ideas back into the scientific fold. More.

Political Science

The Politics of Science: Why Scientists Might Not Say What the Evidence Supports by Jonny Anomaly. Suppose a scientist makes a bold claim that turns out to be true. How confident are you that this claim would become widely accepted? […]

Trouble

The Trouble With Scientists by Philip Ball. How one psychologist is tackling human biases in science. More.

Stress

When Is Stress Good for You? by Bruce McEwen. The subtle flows and toxic hits of stress get under the skin, making and breaking the body and brain over a lifetime. More.

Myth

Scientific Proof Is A Myth by Ethan Siegel. You’ve heard of our greatest scientific theories: the theory of evolution, the Big Bang theory, the theory of gravity. You’ve also heard of the concept of a proof, and the claims that […]

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.