The 2006 Humanist of the Year doesn’t need rose-colored glasses to see what’s clear about humanity’s progress. STEVEN PINKER is a cognitive scientist, psychologist, linguist, popular science author, and Johnstone Family Professor in the Department... Read More
Excerpted from Post-Truth by Lee McIntyre, published by The MIT Press, March 2018. Copyright: 2018 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. All rights reserved. “We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the... Read More
"Oh help me, please doctor, I’m damaged/There’s a pain where there once was a heart,” Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger sings on the band’s 1968 song, “Dear Doctor.” But, alas, it’s more than a... Read More
At a cocktail party recently, I met an unemployed mathematician/computer programmer. We talked about real estate, and then she told me how she’d gotten rid of a squirrel that was nesting in her attic, but... Read More
On the day before Thanksgiving, 1994, the US General Services Administration sent one of its staff carpenters, a man named Richard Lyons, to check out a block of vacant buildings it had acquired on a... Read More
DEEP IN THE SWELTERING jungles of the Amazon, embedded within bird droppings, are eggs belonging to a nematode worm known as Myrmeconema neotropicum. Soon, ants from the species Cephalotes atratus will come along and take... Read More
Call in the Robocops With Democracy at Risk, Can We Quell Internet Bots & Trolls?
RELAX. An army of content reviewers some 10,000 strong is busy weeding out malicious posts and fake news from your favorite social media. Soon, it will double in size. Feel better? You shouldn’t. The social... Read More