Toward a Conservative Policy on Climate Change

by Lee Lane

“If politicians and policy analysts on the right were to look more carefully at the problem of climate change, they would realize that conservatism offers much more tenable approaches than does the environmentalist left — and they might just be able to stop running from the issue.”


Gambling with Global Warming

by Lowell Pritchard

“Most books on climate change are penned by journalists and advocates. A few are written by experts in the sciences. Fewer still are by economists, and none come from scholars as central to the study of climate change policy as William D. Nordhaus has been for the last forty years.”


The Sacred Power of the World

by Stephen D. Blackmer

“The environmental movement has largely forgotten or lost the sacredness that imbued its early years. It has become increasingly technocratic, placing its trust solely in science, technology, politics, and economics — the gods of our culture.”

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by Alan Jacobs

If we live in a disenchanted age — an era of science, technology, and secular reason — why are stories about supernatural forces, magical beings, and godlike powers so popular? Alan Jacobs explains what fantasy lets us safely see.


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Machine Grading and Moral Learning

by Joshua Schulz

A recent proposal to have computers start grading college essays raises deeper questions about the purpose of education. Joshua Schulz explains why grading is a moral craft.


Who Needs a Liberal Education?

by Gilbert Meilaender

Do universities really need more general education requirements? The liberal arts are neither attractive to nor practical for every college student, Gilbert Meilaender argues — and they are not the only path to wisdom and freedom.

Tocqueville on Technology

by Benjamin Storey

Critics say that Alexis de Tocqueville failed to notice the importance of technology in young America. But Benjamin Storey argues that the great student of democracy understood the power and poetry of technology better than he is generally given credit for.

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Me, My Genome, and 23andMe

by Austin L. Hughes

The FDA put the kibosh on 23andMe’s diagnostic services — but not before geneticist Austin L. Hughes became a customer. He describes what he learned and asks whether the government is right to worry about the rise of personal genomics.

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Why and How We Should Break OPEC Now

When Technology Ceases to Amaze

by Robert Herritt

Our everyday lives are mediated by more magical-seeming technologies than ever before, but they fail to evoke a sense of mystery. Robert Herritt explores the reasons for our lack of wonder.


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When Finance Met Physics

by R. McKay Stangler

Stock trading has become a form of mathematical modeling, with sometimes disastrous results. R. McKay Stangler reviews a new book that claims we need yet more and better models.


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Scientism in the Arts and Humanities

by Roger Scruton

As the ideology of scientism spreads to the study of art and literature, Roger Scruton argues that we risk believing that brains are but matter, paintings are but pixels, and all culture is nothing but “memes.”


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Brave New World, Plato’s Republic, and Our Scientific Regime

by Matthew J. Franck

The society depicted in Aldous Huxley’s dystopian warning bears a striking resemblance to the city described in The Republic. Matthew J. Franck compares their teachings on politics, philosophy, poetry, and the power of science.


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Science and Non-Science in Liberal Education

by Harvey C. Mansfield

Natural science, with its standards of experimental rigor, has come to dominate the university, leaving many non-scientific scholars confused about the place of the humanities or social sciences in the academy. But, as Harvey C. Mansfield argues, science remains dependent on non-science, and philosophy remains the cornerstone of any serious education.


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Understanding Heidegger on Technology

by Mark Blitz

What can the controversial German philosopher Martin Heidegger teach us about technology? Mark Blitz argues that Heidegger’s work provides a challenging and timely (if not unassailable) way to think about the role of technology in modern life.


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The Hollowness of Radical Bioethics

by John Sexton

In their new book, Genes, Cells and Brains, Hilary and Steven Rose offer valuable critiques of biological reductionism and technological “Prometheanism.” But John Sexton reveals something missing at the center of their leftist bioethics: human nature.


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Reporting Mass Shootings and Suicides


Ari N. Schulman on the news media’s troubled coverage of imitative acts of violence.


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The Secular Religions of Progress

by Robert H. Nelson

Economists often try to present their discipline as truly scientific — a value-neutral tool for predicting policy outcomes. But looking to history, Robert H. Nelson shows that economic science cannot be separated from its moral and even religious presuppositions.


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