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Pretending

How Science Saved Me from Pretending to Love Wine by Anne Fadiman. The fault was not in my stars, nor in myself, but in my fungiform papillae. More.

Praise

Praise Them! by Carlin Flora. Everyone thinks that too much praise can turn children into entitled monsters but the science isn’t nearly that simple. More.

Inflation?

Is The Inflationary Universe A Scientific Theory? Not Anymore by Sabine Hossenfelder. Sabine is a theoretical physicist sp We are made from stretched quantum fluctuations. At least that’s cosmologists’ currently most popular explanation. According to their theory, the history of […]

Death

Michael Rosen reviews The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam by Douglas Murray.

Pointless

Political Campaigning May Be Mostly Pointless by Ross Pomeroy. Roughly $6.8 billion was spent during the 2016 election, and according to a forthcoming study in American Political Science Review, much of it probably went down the drain. That money wasn’t […]

Wiser

Yes, You Get Wiser with Age by Victor Gomes. Aging gets a bad rap. But disease, decline and discomfort is far from the whole story. Dilip Jeste, professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at UC San Diego and director of the […]

Apocalypse

The Coming Software Apocalypse by James Somers. A small group of programmers wants to change how we code—before catastrophe strikes. More.

Truth

Truth? It’s Not Just About the Facts by Julian Baggini. From time to time, not very often, it looks as though the world has given philosophy a job to do. Now is such a moment. At last, a big abstract […]

Attraction

Does Similarity Lead to Attraction and Compatibility? by Jeremy Nicholson. Folk wisdom (and even some contemporary research) presents a mixed picture about who we end up finding attractive and compatible as a romantic partner. Do we prefer people who are […]

Smearing

Smearing Free Thought In Silicon Valley by Gideon Scopes. In the aftermath of the so-called Google memo affair, there has been no shortage of misleading and in some cases downright inaccurate media coverage painting the author, James Damore, and his […]

Nomadland

CJ reviews Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder.

Debunked?

The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous by Gabrielle Glaser. Its faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective. More.

Anthropocene

Anthropocene Fever by Jedediah Purdy. The Anthropocene idea has been embraced by Earth scientists and English professors alike. But how useful is it? More.

Love

Love in the Time of Individualism by Julie Beck. Two new books explore America’s changing romantic landscape. More.

Alarmists

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 […]

Doomed

Our Civiliation is Doomed! by Nigel Barber. What gets us in the end is surprisingly simple and frighteningly obvious. More.

Hart

LARB profiles theologian David Bentley Hart.

Too Many?

The Teacher-Shortage Myth by Larry Sand. There is no dearth of teachers; in fact, we may have too many. More.

5

The First Web Apps: 5 Apps That Shaped the Internet as We Know It by Matthew Guay. Something new was in the air. It was July 1995, the hottest New York summer in a decade and a half, but heat […]

Merkley

Meet the Leader of the Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy by Edward-Isaac Dovere. Jeff Merkley could inherit Bernie Sanders’ progressive mantle in 2020. But for now, he’s spending his time plotting the resistance against the Trump presidency. More.