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No Sleep

The War on Sleep by William Saletan. All over the world, scientists are experimenting on soldiers to keep them awake beyond the limits of normal endurance. Researchers are engineering, and militaries are deploying, chemically enhanced troops. Of all the superpowers […]


Minding the Campus provides an excerpt from Men on Strike: Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood and the American Dream-And Why It Matters by Helen Smith.


Britain’s Islamic Future by Soeren Kern. Islam is on track to become the dominant religion in Britain within the next generation, according to new census data published by the British government. Read the rest here.


Krugman’s Four Dangerous Fiscal Fables by Laurence Kotlikoff. There are four dangerous fiscal fables afloat. The first is that taxes can be cut to raise revenues and lower the deficit. The second is that spending can be raised to raise […]


Belief Is the Least Part of Faith by T. M. Luhrmann. If you can sidestep the problem of belief — and the related politics, which can be so distracting — it is easier to see that the evangelical view of […]


From the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments, by Justin Kruger and David Dunning, Department of Psychology, Cornell University. People tend to hold overly […]


Could a Notorious Party Drug be the Next Psychiatric Breakthrough? by George Dvorsky. MDMA is a drug that’s typically associated with youth culture and dance parties — but it’s increasingly attracting the attention of psychologists and cognitive therapists. Also known […]

Edit Wars

Cornell University offers a draft (pdf) of a book chapter to be published in 2014 by Scarecrow Press. The chapter is from the book, The Most Controversial Topics in Wikipedia: A Multilingual and Geographical Analysis, by Taha Yasseri, Anselm Spoerri, […]


Syria and the Middle East: Our Greatest Miscalculation Since the Rise of Fascism by Simon Jenkins. There could no more dreadful idea than to pour more armaments into the sectarian war now consuming Syria. Yet that is precisely what Britain’s […]


Facing Adversity, Some Find Solace in Science by Tom Jacobs. New research suggests that, for some secular people, a belief in science plays a similar psychological role as faith does for religious people. More here.


RD reviews The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates by Frans De Waal.


The Islamic Mindset in the Middle East by Harold Rhode. Although many Muslims may say they adopt modern ideas such as democracy, freedom, and human rights, the question remains how deeply these concepts have permeated a habitual way of thinking. […]

Second Look

The Data Are In: Religious Private Schools Deserve a Second Look by William Jeynes. A recent meta-analysis of 90 studies on religious private schools, traditional public schools, and charter schools shows that students perform best academically and behaviorally when they […]


A Bad Relationship: How the Press Came To Love Obama More Than Itself by Stuart Stevens. In Dan Brown’s new novel, Inferno, the lead character is struck with amnesia, unable to remember critical events even as he’s trying to save […]


Unrepresentative: How the NRA and Planned Parenthood Failed Recent Tests by Michael Peppard. The donor rolls of the National Rifle Association and Planned Parenthood do not share many of the same names. But these organizations’ responses to the events of […]


Why I’m Not an Atheist: The Case for Agnosticism by Omar Baddar. I had my falling out with religion in my early 20s, and a few years ago I published a piece making the case against religious certitude and blind […]


Want Marriage Problems? Expect Your Spouse to Be Perfect by Susan Heitler. Perfectionism can invite marriage problems, especially if it’s your spouse whom you are expecting to be perfect. Of course you know not to expect yourself to be perfect. […]


Red Light Cameras: The Price We Pay for Riskier Intersections by James Hemphill. Now ubiquitous in almost all major U.S. cities, red light cameras have become a widespread deterrent to those who enjoy cutting it close. While they are a […]


Conservative Media Predicted Obama’s First-Amendment Scandals by Stanley Kurtz. The Obama administration’s free-speech scandals of today were repeatedly and accurately predicted by conservative pundits during the 2008 election. Obama’s first presidential campaign launched a series of novel and troubling assaults […]


Can Atheism Really Replace Religion? by Nigel Barber. See here.