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 (JellyLondon.com)

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 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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Disenchantment, Actually

by Doug Sikkema

Modern disenchantment may be a myth, but it is still the water in which we swim.


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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.


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Must Science Be Useful?

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


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Till Tomorrow

by Adam Roberts

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


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

Stories of Faith & Science

Faith and the Fear of Death

Jonathan Jong on confronting our mortality from the lab and the altar

Encounter in the Vale

Jonathan Mosedale recounts a story of hiking, frailty, and glimpsing the divine

Dom Escott

Richard Feynman and the Pleasure Principle

by Algis Valiunas

The story of the vibrant, vivid, heroically fruitful and joyous life of a scientific legend.


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The Political Path to GPS

by Anthony Paletta

How war and peace forged the universal map


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Lives of the Immortalists

by Olga Rachello

The human stories of people who don’t want to be human


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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.


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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.


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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.


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