Analog Anchors for the Online Adrift

by Ian Marcus Corbin

How Moleskine sells durability to ephemeral selves


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Einstein in Athens

by Benjamin Liebeskind

Modern science is unwittingly echoing Aristotle — and still has much to learn from him.


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All Activities Monitored

by Jon Askonas

How military drone technology is quietly creeping into policing, business, and everyday life


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In Search of Lost Time on YouTube

by Laurence Scott

How the platform takes us to places where we ache to go again


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NASA’s Next 50 Years

by Robert Zubrin

A half-century after Apollo, the agency risks irrelevance. It’s time for a real — and different — mission.


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Can Chess Survive Artificial Intelligence?

by Yoni Wilkenfeld

Computers are taking the error out of human chess — and the adventure.


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Make Physics Real Again

by David Guaspari

Why have so many physicists shrugged off the paradoxes of quantum mechanics?


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Modernity’s Spell

by Clare Coffey

Why debunking mesmerism only made it stronger


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The Tech Backlash We Really Need

by L. M. Sacasas

Silicon Valley will only be strengthened by its present scandals unless we ask deeper questions.


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Jihadi Digital Natives

by P. W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking

How ISIS liked, shared, and posted its way to power


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Why Data Is Never Raw

by Nick Barrowman

On the seductive myth of information free of human judgment


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Crusoe at the Crossroads

by Kirsten A. Hall

On Robinson Crusoe, Lost, and why we keep returning to mysterious islands where science blurs with the supernatural


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Do Elephants Have Souls?

Listen to the classic 2013 essay by Caitrin Keiper.


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Tell Him Something Pretty

by Robert Herritt

On the lowly view of reason in Deadwood


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Our Uneasy Tranquility

by Heather Zeiger

American use of anti-anxiety pills has skyrocketed. Should we be worried?


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The Most Dangerous Possible German

by Algis Valiunas

On the ambiguous legacy of Werner Heisenberg, quantum genius and would-be inventor of the Nazi A-bomb


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Steven Weinberg Glimpses the Promised Land

by David Kordahl

The sage of physics takes on politics and philosophy — and dreams of science’s last day


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Robotic Souls

by Charles T. Rubin

Will AI contain multitudes? Do we?


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Netflix and Nil

by James Poulos

Why being online makes us nihilists


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Why Do We Think We Are Disenchanted?

Jason Ā. Josephson-Storm, Doug Sikkema, and John Wilson debate The Myth of Disenchantment


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