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Ari N. Schulman


Ari N. Schulman is editor of The New Atlantis, as well as editor of and of the New Atlantis Books series.

He is the founder of the websites ClassPoint and The Austin Map Project, has previously worked as a research assistant at the New York Times, and has bachelor’s degrees in computer science and English from the University of Texas at Austin. He tweets at @AriSchulman, and can be reached at

In The New Atlantis

What Is It Like to Know?

Number 51 ~ Winter 2017

The X-Files and the Demon-Haunted World

Number 47 ~ Fall 2015

The Ebola Gamble

Number 45 ~ Spring 2015

In Defense of Prejudice, Sort of

Number 43 ~ Summer/Fall 2014

Jurassic Generation

Number 38 ~ Winter/Spring 2013

What Is the Body Worth?

Number 35 ~ Spring 2012

The Problem with ‘Friendly’ Artificial Intelligence

Number 32 ~ Summer 2011

GPS and the End of the Road

Number 31 ~ Spring 2011

Bad Advice for Scientists

Number 27 ~ Spring 2010

Why Minds Are Not Like Computers

Number 23 ~ Winter 2009

Other Publications

  • “How Not to Cover Mass Shootings,” Wall Street Journal, November 17, 2017
  • “What Is the Purpose of Emotion?,” Big Questions Online, September 28, 2017
  • “Can Neuroscientists Measure Free Will?,” Big Questions Online, September 21, 2017
  • “Is Perception a ‘Controlled Hallucination’?,” Big Questions Online, September 6, 2017
  • “The Plague and the Judgment,” Commentary, June 2017
  • “Conversing with Ether,” First Things, June 2016
  • “Science Anxiety,” The Hedgehog Review, Fall 2016
  • “Do we love robots because we hate ourselves?,”, November 3, 2015
  • “Untruths We Were Told about Ebola,”, October 20, 2015
  • “What Can We Learn From Watching the Roanoke Shooting Footage?,” Acculturated, September 1, 2015
  • “The Man Who Helped Make Harper Lee,” The Atlantic, July 14, 2015
  • “The Dinosaur Discoverer,” Philanthropy, Winter 2015
  • “Doomsday Machines,” Slate, October 7, 2014
  • “Why the Official Explanation of MH370’s Demise Doesn’t Hold Up,” The Atlantic, May 8, 2014
  • “Digging Deep Into the Heart of Texas,” Philanthropy, Spring 2014
  • “Reporting Mass Shootings and Suicides,”, December 13, 2013
  • “There Is No Such Thing as a Motive for Mass Killings,” Time, November 26, 2013
  • “What Mass Killers Want—And How to Stop Them,” Wall Street Journal, November 9, 2013
  • “Does Faith Make You Healthier?,” Wall Street Journal, August 9, 2013
  • “Never Mind Humanity” (Review of How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed by Ray Kurzweil), The American Conservative, March/April 2013
  • “Dearth Control” (Review of What to Expect When No One’s Expecting by Jonathan V. Last), Commentary, March 2013
  • “Political Science,” National Review Online, February 11, 2013
  • “40 Years Since Man Last Walked on the Moon,” The Weekly Standard, December 18, 2012
  • “The Beaker and the Ballot” (Review of The Republican Brain by Chris Mooney and Science Left Behind by Alex B. Berezow and Hank Campbell), Wall Street Journal, September 23, 2012
  • Recovering the Creature: Storytelling and Existential Despair in Walker Percy’s “The Moviegoer,” English Honors Thesis, The University of Texas at Austin, May 2009.