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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 Joseph E. Davis
Critics sometimes accuse modern medicine of focusing too narrowly on the causes of specific maladies instead of holistically maintaining health and wellness. But, as Joseph E. Davis explains, the reductionist style of medicine and the lifestyle that goes with it are deeply connected to our cultural priorities and how we think of ourselves as autonomous individuals.
by Lee Lane
At its meeting in Doha earlier this month, OPEC once again failed to reach agreement on cutting oil production. With the fracture between Saudi Arabia and Iran growing, does the oil cartel still have any power to influence prices? How will the low prices affect U.S. oil producers? And does the U.S. presidential race have any bearing on the future world oil market?
by Diana Schaub
From advertising to Muzak to Facebook updates, we are bombarded by demands for our attention — a subject explored in Matthew B. Crawford’s new book The World Beyond Your Head. In this review, Diana Schaub suggests that an old approach to education can help us address the current crisis of attention.
SEE ALSO: “Virtual Reality as Moral Ideal,” an excerpt from Crawford’s book.
by Ari N. Schulman
Why was The X-Files one of the most popular television shows of the 1990s? As Ari N. Schulman explains, the detective series lurched between science fiction and the paranormal, toying with the way modern science understands itself, inverting the relationship between skepticism and belief.
by John Sexton
The book Sapiens, which purports to give a “brief history of humankind,” has become an international bestseller. In this review, John Sexton points out the book’s many strange and silly claims and arguments, and asks what we lose sight of when we obsess over works of evolutionary “big history.”