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The Real Problem by Anil K. Seth. It looks like scientists and philosophers might have made consciousness far more mysterious than it needs to be. More.


Incitement to Hypocrisy by Theodore Dalrymple. The Netherlands unevenly applies a law forbidding provocation. More.


Democrats Have a Religion Problem by Emma Green. A conversation with Michael Wear, a former Obama White House staffer, about the party’s illiteracy on and hostility toward faith. More.


A Speculative History of DNA: What If Oswald Avery Had Died in 1934? by Matthew Cobb. This speculative Essay explores the consequences of the imagined premature death of Oswald Avery, who in 1944 provided evidence that genes are made of […]


Which American Value Dictates That Jews Can’t Live in Judea or Samaria? by David French. In his bitter, scolding speech defending the Obama administration’s betrayal of Israel at the U.N., John Kerry spoke at length about “values.” Specifically, he declared […]

Mosul Dam

A Bigger Problem Than ISIS? by Dexter Filkins. The Mosul Dam is failing. A breach would cause a colossal wave that could kill as many as a million and a half people. More.


If Not Darwin, Who? by Philip Ball. An alternative history of the great ideas of science. More.


The Economist: How Vienna Produced Ideas That Shaped the West Across the cobbles of Vienna’s Michaelerplatz the world of empires, waltzes and mutton-chop whiskers glowers at the modern age of psychoanalysis, atonal music and clean shaves. In one corner, the […]


Where the ‘Bad Kids’ Go to School by Emily DeRuy. A 2016 documentary magnifies an often ignored part of the education world. More.


Trump Towers or Trump Targets? by A. Trevor Thrall. Donald Trump’s election ushers in a new challenge for homeland security and counterterrorism both at home and abroad. Trump owns, has a stake in, or has lent his name to scores […]


The Hidden Man of Christmas by James Martin. Putting St. Joseph back in the picture. More.


Unfairness in the Minnesota Football Rape Case by KC Johnson. We don’t normally think of college athletes as prominent defenders of due process. Yet perhaps the highest-profile protest against the post-Dear Colleague letter demise of campus due process came last […]


The Way to Peace: Israeli Victory, Palestinian Defeat by Daniel Pipes. Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy sadly fits the classic description of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” The identical assumptions – land-for-peace and the two-state […]


Aeon provides an excerpt from The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes.


Charlie’s Angles by Seth Barron. There’s more (and less) to Charles Rangel’s legacy than you might think. More.


The Spiritual Crisis of the Modern Economy by Victor Tan Chen. The main source of meaning in American life is a meritocratic competition that makes those who struggle feel inferior. More.


Welcome to Terra Sapiens by David Grinspoon. Humans have been altering Earth for millennia, but only now are we wise to what we’re doing. How will we use that wisdom? More.


The Son and the Sun: How Christmas became a Christian Feast by Andrew McGowan. Assumptions about Christian borrowings from “pagan” tradition are not as well-grounded as many assume. Interest in the solstice points to a common desire to make sense […]


‘Fake News’ Is The Legacy Media Shaking Down Facebook by Robert Tracinski. The ‘fake news’ hysteria is an attempt to intimidate Facebook into setting up the ‘legacy media’ as gatekeepers and toll collectors for the digital media. More.


Why is Simpler Better? by Elliott Sober. Ockham’s Razor says that simplicity is a scientific virtue, but justifying this philosophically is strangely elusive. More.