Anthropocene Fever by Jedediah Purdy. The Anthropocene idea has been embraced by Earth scientists and English professors alike. But how useful is it? More.
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 […]
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 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.
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.
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.
Hurricane Harvey and the National Flood Insurance Fiasco by Ronald Bailey. Don’t build in flood plains, and especially don’t rebuild in flood plains. More.
Scientific American’s Transgenderism Issue Only Delegitimizes Science by Julie Kelly. It represents a wholesale retreat from the principle that science should be apolitical, further jeopardizing the integrity of science and potentially inflicting real harm on people. More.
Freud the Philosopher by David Livingstone Smith. Before fathering psychoanalysis, Freud first slayed the dominant Cartesian intellectual tradition of mind-body dualism. More.
Scientists Unveil a New Inventory of the Universe’s Dark Contents by Natalie Wolchover. The first major results from the Dark Energy Survey signal the start of a new era of cosmology. More.
Why the Left Can’t Solve Global Warming by Shikha Dalmia. Greens are more interested on assigning blame than looking for fixes. More.
A Song of Ice and Fire by Eric Kurlander. World Ice Theory and the supernatural imaginary of the Third Reich. More.
First Support for a Physics Theory of Life by Natalie Wolchover. Take chemistry, add energy, get life. The first tests of Jeremy England’s provocative origin-of-life hypothesis are in, and they appear to show how order can arise from nothing. More.
Is Linguistics a Science? by Arika Okrent. Much of linguistic theory is so abstract and dependent on theoretical apparatus that it might be impossible to explain. More.
Greetings, E.T. (Please Don’t Murder Us.) by Steven Johnson. A new initiative to beam messages into space may be our best shot yet at learning whether we’re alone in the universe. There’s just one problem: What if we’re not? More.
Pittsburgh, Not Paris: Explaining the Climate Hysteria by Peter Wood. When President Trump announced his exit from the Paris Climate Accord, the usual suspects responded with their usual agitation and doomsaying. How can so many people subscribe to an idea—and […]
fAIth by Beth Singler. The most avid believers in artificial intelligence are aggressively secular – yet their language is eerily religious. Why? More.
When Neurology Becomes Theology by Robert A. Burton. A neurologist’s perspective on research into consciousness. More.
The Utopian Aspirations of the Fight Against Climate Change: A Call for Moderation by Carson Holloway. The effort to combat climate change aspires to feats of social control, coordination, and foresight that are unprecedented in the history of politics. Our […]