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- Love in the Age of Neuroscience
Mickey Craig and Jon Fennell on Tom Wolfe’s I Am Charlotte Simmons
- The Folly of Internet Freedom
Eric R. Sterner
by Ari N. Schulman
During the recent Ebola outbreak, public health officials and journalists made a number of pronouncements with only tenuous relation to the available science. One year later, it is worth cataloguing some of the most pervasive and misleading claims.
Over its long history, American philanthropy has proven indispensable to science, technology, and medicine. Here, excerpted from the new Almanac of American Philanthropy, are ten tales of strategic philanthropy contributing to human welfare and knowledge.
by Matthew B. Crawford
The physical world resists our will. Matthew B. Crawford considers how we try to insulate ourselves from the limitations and frustrations of physicality — but thereby make ourselves more fragile and, ironically, more pliable to the wills of others.
by Nick Barrowman
“Correlation,” as the saying goes, “does not imply causation.” But if you want to understand the statistics that appear everywhere in our daily lives — in sports reporting, in weather forecasts, and of course in politics and medicine — it helps to know just what correlation does imply. Nick Barrowman explains why some disciples of “big data” think causation is passé, and why they’re wrong.
by Ari N. Schulman
Prejudice is the Enlightenment’s most detested foe, the vampire that withers in the light of Reason. But an ambitious new book argues that prejudice, properly understood, is a prerequisite for lucid thinking. In this review, Ari N. Schulman explains why our modern ideal of perfect rationality is irrational.
by Gilbert Meilaender
Unborn children are hidden from our view and totally dependent on us. Yet the debate over abortion usually treats the human community as made up only of free subjects that can enter into mutual dialogue or contractual relations. Gilbert Meilaender reviews a new book that offers a phenomenological critique of the abortion debate.
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The New Atlantis notes with sadness the passing of Austin L. Hughes. A great believer in the humility of the scientific calling, he was the author of widely read New Atlantis essays on scientism. His most recent article for us was “Faith, Fact, and False Dichotomies” (Spring 2015).
Hughes was Carolina Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina, and he was a member of the Witherspoon Council on Ethics and the Integrity of Science. R.I.P.
The Politics of Digital Shaming
Rita Koganzon on Internet mobs and their outrage at everyday speech
Socially Just Science
Brendan P. Foht on politically correcting science and scientifically correcting politics
Competing to Conform
James Poulos on Peter Thiel’s philosophy of supernerds
Faith, Fact, and False Dichotomies
Austin L. Hughes on the lazy atheism in Jerry Coyne’s new book
Leading scholars on his religion, alchemy, cosmology, and more
- Introduction by the editors
- Rob Iliffe on Newton's unorthodox theology and his project to restore Christianity
- William R. Newman asks whether Newton truly was “the last of the magicians”
- Stephen D. Snobelen on physics, prophecy, and the myth of Newton's clockwork universe
- Andrew Janiak on reconciling natural philosophy with biblical literalism
- Sarah Dry on the unpublished manuscripts and their author's changing image
by Peter Augustine Lawler
Critics of America have often argued that the country is too individualistic and materialistic, doomed to a kind of techno-obsessive liberal nihilism. But, as Peter Lawler explains, the American story is really a tale of constant compromise between our Lockean and Puritan tendencies, accommodating the need for both freedom and community.
Image: The Apostle (Butcher's Run Films, 1997)