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Selfishness Is Killing Liberalism by James Traub. The path to its revival lies in self-sacrifice, and in placing collective interests ahead of the narrowly personal. More.


Godless Yet Good by Troy Jollimore. There’s something in religious tradition that helps people be ethical. But it isn’t actually their belief in God. More.


Thinking Critically About Social Justice by Uri Harris. Yesterday, the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released a memo written by an attorney, Jayme Sophir, which determined that Google did not violate United States federal law when it fired James […]

Contagion Effect

Mass Shootings and the Media Contagion Effect by Jennifer Johnston and Andrew Joy. According to the latest FBI analysis, mass shootings in the United States have increased three-fold in just the last fifteen years (Blair & Schweit, 2014). Recent analyses […]


The Peterson Principle: Intellectual Complexity and Journalistic Incompetence by Paul Benedetti. Today’s mainstream reporting on difficult subjects is often bereft of most of the qualities that define journalism itself. Instead, it demonstrates a lack of respect for evidence; a penchant […]


Psychology Gets Inside The Mind Of Florida School Shooter by Raj Persaud and Peter Bruggen. Latest school shootings psychology study uncovers patterns suggesting solutions. More.


No, Steven Pinker, The Enlightenment Doesn’t Pit Reason Against Faith by Paul Bonicelli. Steven Pinker oversimplifies the Enlightenment by claiming it pits reason against faith. In fact, the Enlightenment sprung from Christian ideas of nature. More.


Jordan Peterson Knows What You’re Thinking by Alexander Blum. The rockstar of modern psychology strips the mythology off divisive beliefs. More.


The NBA’s Secret Wine Society by Baxter Holmes. The inside-the-bottle story of the intense love affair between NBA stars and the gilded grape. More.


Robert Weissberg reviews The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money, by Bryan Caplan.


Quillette reviews Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick Deneen.


What Is Freedom of Conscience? by Marilynne Robinson. Its long history in Europe and England prepared the American Revolution. Where has this trait gone? More.


What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn by Maggie Jones. American adolescents watch much more pornography than their parents know — and it’s shaping their ideas about pleasure, power and intimacy. Can they be taught to see it more critically? […]


Teaching: Just Like Performing Magic by Jessica Lahey. One half of the entertainment duo Penn & Teller explains how performance and discomfort make education come alive. More.


How the Olympics Got Disneyfied by Michael Weinreb. The 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Games were star-studded and futuristic—and broadcast to U.S. audiences for the first time. More.

Mindfulness IV

Mindfulness No Better Than Watching TV by Steven Novella. A recent systematic review and meta-analysis of the effects of mindfulness meditation on prosocial behavior found, essentially, that there is no evidence that it works. I find these results entirely unsurprising, […]


NATO’s Real Existential Threat: The Surrender of Western Values by William S. Smith. On January 17, Petr Pavel, a Czech army general and NATO’s military committee chairman, led meetings with his counterparts from Ukraine and Georgia, which he tweeted were […]


Why “Open Borders” is a Dangerous Idea by George Gallatin. A decade before he fell to esophageal cancer Christopher Hitchens gave a series of riveting speeches on George Orwell. In them Hitchens argued that Orwell was an intellectual of such […]


It’s Not Enough to Get Paid for Not Working: These L.A. Police and Firefighters Figured Out How to Double It by Scott Shackford. Meet the LAPD couple who made a cool $2 million off the city while hanging out at […]


In Defense of Offense by Michael Robillard. In September of last year, conservative speaker, Ben Shapiro, spoke at the UC Berkeley campus for approximately 90 minutes. The cost of security for the physical protection of Mr. Shapiro, an American citizen, […]