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Democracy

Direct Democracy and Its Discontents by Oliver Conolly. The word “democracy” has a kind of halo around it. In right-thinking circles, criticism of democracy seems inherently indecent. This is not completely unwarranted. There is a good deal to be said […]

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6 Relationship Resolutions for the New Year by Jeremy Nicholson. Self-improvement goals for better dating and relating in the year to come! 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.

Illusion

The Greatest Generation and the Greatest Illusion by E. M. Oblomov. Success in World War II led Americans to put too much faith in government—and we still do. More.

Virgin?

Is “Virgin” the Correct Translation of Isaiah 7:14? by Daniel Hoffman. In an article well worth reading, the late Christopher Hitchens makes the common claim—somewhat in passing—that the term “virgin” as found in most English translations of Isaiah 7:14 is […]

Collision

Collision with Reality: What Depth Psychology Can Tell us About Victimhood Culture by Lisa Marchiano. A mother in my practice recently shared that her child’s seventh grade year began with the teacher having students share their preferred pronouns. Immediately afterwards, […]

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Time magazine names its Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017. See here.

Facts?

Right-wing Celebrities Play Fast and Loose With History by Paul Gottfried. Forget Trump—Goldberg, Prager, and D’Souza muddle facts to sell books all the time. 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 […]

Narcissism?

ADHD, or Childhood Narcissism? by Enrico Gnaulati. Ten times as many children are diagnosed with ADHD today as were in the 1970s. What if their behavior—consistently distracted, hyperactive, impulsive—really indicates something else? More.

AI-nxiety Redux

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

Angel

Angel in Shoe Leather by Steve Cohen. Learning from a street cop. More.

Mystery

The Mystery of Jesus’s Brother Gets Even Weirder by Paul Ratner. Whether Jesus had any siblings is an old debate within Christianity. A number of passages within the New Testament have been stoking this speculation for almost two thousand years. […]

Tool Kit

Philosophy Tool Kit by Alan Hájek. Thinking like a philosopher need not be a strange and arcane art, if you get started with these tricks of the trade. 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.

Beyond

Beyond Liberal Islam by Zaheer Kazmi. Western liberalism is not the apex and terminus of human history, and it ought not to serve as the measure of Islam. More.

Propaganda

How Facebook’s Political Unit Enables the Dark Art of Digital Propaganda by Lauren Etter, Vernon Silver, and Sarah Frier. Some of unit’s clients stifle opposition, stoke extremism. More.

Gillibrand

What Is Kirsten Gillibrand Up To? by Clare Malone. [Gillibrand] sniffed out the direction of the party months, even years ago, and has been tacking hard to the left ever since. She is attuned to the base, fluent in the […]

Coates

It’s Not Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Fault White Liberals Have Anointed Him Their Prophet by David Marcus. Ta-Nehisi Coates has never been a policy wonk or a political organizer. He’s not a Marxist revolutionary like Cornel West. Coates is, more than anything […]

Identitarianism

Who Are You? Alt-Right “Identitarianism,” Violence, and the Intellectual Roots of Western Civilization by Jordan Wales. Over a year ago, the “alt-right” came suddenly into public view in the United States. Initially, it was a primarily online movement increasingly dominated […]