A Political and Literary Forum
Allured by the promise of Big Data, science has shortchanged causal explanation in favor of data-driven prediction. But ultimately we must ask why.
“Megafires” are now a staple of life in the Pacific Northwest, but how we talk about them illustrates the tension at the heart of the western myth itself.
Through the experience of parenting his daughter, a software developer came to see Google and Facebook as the first digital children.
A new book on climate change deploys an old theme, pitting man against nature. This is not only wrong; it stands in the way of a just future.
Two new books—one on quantum physics, one on Thomas Kuhn—seek to reestablish the authority of reason and evidence.
Ted Hamilton interviews William Vollmann.
William T. Vollmann, Ted Hamilton
As it turns out, self-government and social connection are not the same thing.
By the 2020 election, the market for virtual reality is projected to increase twentyfold. That's great news for VR's proponents who relish the technology's persuasive powers, but what does it mean for those inside the headset?
The poems collected in What Nature were written in the predawn of the Sixth Extinction Event.
Timothy Donnelly, BK Fischer, Stefania Heim
Silicon Valley has turned the problem of marine plastic waste into yet another avenue for “disruption.” But why should clean oceans have to make good business sense?
New Zealand’s response to medical misconduct should be a model for the rest of the world.
Standing Rock shows us that businesses don't simply silence protestors, they also discredit and bankrupt them.
There is more than enough wind energy to power our future. But our model of paying for it is stuck in the past.
David McDermott Hughes
Vital reading on politics, literature, and more in your inbox
Robert L. Tsai
Copyright © 1993-2019 Boston Review and its authors.
Support Boston Review
Make a tax-deductible donation today
Printing Note: For best printing results try turning on any options your web browser's print dialog makes available for printing backgrounds and background graphics.