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Allured by the promise of Big Data, science has shortchanged causal explanation in favor of data-driven prediction. But ultimately we must ask why.
Beneath the jargon, a new UN report serves up a revolutionary response to climate change.
In the face of climate apocalypse, the rich have been devising escape plans. What happens when they opt out of democratic preparation for emergencies?
“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.
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