Frankenstein at 200

Kirsten A. Hall

The Idea Incarnate

How Dr. Frankenstein’s thoughts ran away from him

Brendan P. Foht

Responsible Frankensteins?

The trouble with the idea that we can play God, but ethically

David M. Buisán (

by Mark P. Mills

We need creative breakthroughs in energy, medicine, and transportation. How can we plan for them? Great inventions are often unpredictable and serendipitous — and so curiosity-driven research remains essential for technological progress. EUROfusion

The Decent of Man

Essays on Evolution, Altruism, and Cooperation

Michael Ruse

Darwin Made Me Do It

Our evolved nature provides us with the resources to live morally decent lives, even if the theory of natural selection undermines the project of moral philosophy.

Kevin N. Laland

On the Origin of Cooperation

Both cultural and genetic evolution worked together to help make us the most cooperative species on earth.

The Time of Our Lives

by Raymond Tallis

Arguing against the physicists who describe time as an “arrow of information” or “arrow of entropy,” Raymond Tallis shows how reflection on the lived experience of time can help us understand why there is more to human nature than can be described by physical science.


The University the King Built

by Waleed Al-Shobakky

A Saudi experiment in education aims to solve the West’s science malaise — and become a global research powerhouse.


Must Science Be Useful?

Letters from scientists and policy experts on our widely read article “Saving Science,” with a response from Daniel Sarewitz.


Till Tomorrow

by Adam Roberts

Three recent books go a long way toward humanizing the abstract “time” of physicists.


ADD for All

by Joseph E. Davis

Why do we have an “epidemic” of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder? The common explanations miss the underlying reasons our society is disposed to medicalize ADHD.


Whose Motivation? Which Good?

by James K. A. Smith

Social science’s big flaw isn’t relativism or the idea that social situations shape human action. The real arguments are over competing visions of the Good — and how the pursuit of the Good shapes our motivations.


Toward a More Human Medicine

by Aaron Rothstein

The emphasis on patient satisfaction can turn doctors into little more than customer-service providers. Reform in medicine must bring both better curing and caring.


The Use and Abuse of ‘Information’ in Biology

by Murillo Pagnotta

The concept of information has become central to modern biology, especially to the field of genetics, where DNA is often taken to be simply an organism’s instruction manual. But, Murillo Pagnotta argues, much “info-talk” is faulty or oversimplified — a failing with implications for how we think about nature, nurture, growth, and evolution.

Evolution and the Purposes of Life

by Stephen L. Talbott

Modern biology has tried to abolish purpose from living things — even as biologists implicitly attribute purposes and goals to molecules, genes, and the evolutionary process of natural selection. Stephen L. Talbott exposes the hidden assumptions behind the view that purpose in nature is just an illusion, and shows why purpose cannot be ignored or explained away.

Wokeness and Myth on Campus

by Alan Jacobs

The standard critique of college protests cries “free exchange of ideas!” But the students are motivated by social needs more fundamental than the ones affirmed by liberal norms.

Middlebury College

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The Moral Case for High-Tech Weapons

by Merav Ceren

Do drones and pinpoint strikes make war more just, or merely more efficient? Israeli innovation provides a test case.


The Illusionist

by David Bentley Hart

Daniel Dennett’s latest book marks five decades of majestic failure to explain consciousness.

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On the Shelf

Short reviews of books on the opioid epidemic, the crisis of authority, Silicon Valley, the “new eugenics,” and more.


Pop Goes the Physics

by David Kordahl

Life, meaning, the universe — a physicist’s “big picture” to explain it all gets hazy as he takes on questions outside of his expertise.


Grit, Gus, and Glory

by George Weigel

Misleading depictions have harmed the image of one of NASA’s first men in space — Gus Grissom. A new book sets the record straight.


Human Gene Editing Arrives in America

by Brendan P. Foht

CRISPR is unlikely to create designer babies — but it’s already contributing to a cruel instrumentalization of human life.