Science

Problem

Our Quantum Problem by Adrian Kent. When the deepest theory we have seems to undermine science itself, some kind of collapse looks inevitable. More.

Journey

God in the Machine: My Strange Journey into Transhumanism by Meghan O’Gieblyn. After losing her faith, a former evangelical Christian felt adrift in the world. She then found solace in a radical technological philosophy – but its promises of immortality […]

Integrity

Of March and Myth: The Politicizing of Science by Sylvia R. Karasu. Scientific integrity, self-correction, and the public. More.

Sleep

With Polyphasic Sleep, You Can Thrive on as Little as Two Hours per Night by Philip Perry. What we consider a “normal” sleep cycle is called monophasic. This is sleeping for one long period throughout the night. In some Southern […]

Watchers

Watchers of the Earth by Carrie Arnold. Indigenous peoples around the world tell myths which contain warning signs for natural disasters. Scientists are now listening. More.

Future

The Future Of Energy Isn’t Fossil Fuels Or Renewables, It’s Nuclear Fusion by Ethan Siegel. Let’s pretend, for a moment, that the climate doesn’t matter. That we’re completely ignoring the connection between carbon dioxide, the Earth’s atmosphere, the greenhouse effect, […]

Undoing

The New York Review of Books reviews The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis.

Balance

Ten Problems with EPA’s Clean Power Plan Analysis by Diana Furchtgott-Roth. President Trump has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to take another look at the Clean Power Plan, which would oblige utilities to lower carbon dioxide emissions to two-thirds of […]

Unified

Unified Theory of Evolution by Michael Skinner. Darwin’s theory that natural selection drives evolution is incomplete without input from evolution’s anti-hero: Lamarck. More.

Epidemic

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

Stagnation

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 […]

Shaky

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.

Multiverse

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 […]

Teeth

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

Decline

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 […]

Minds

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 […]

Unhelpful

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.

Magical

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.

Plagues

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.