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The “scientific method” of high school textbooks does not exist. But there are scientific methods, and they play an essential role in making scientific knowledge reliable.
The Anthropocene challenges liberalism’s vision of permanent progress. So why has it become another technocratic tool of liberal bureaucracy?
Two new books from intellectual giants Robert Plomin and Nicholas Christakis revive the “nature vs. nurture” debate about what makes people different from one another.
C. Brandon Ogbunu, C. Malik Boykin
Harm reduction strategies have their roots in 1980s HIV activism, but they are starting to spread in rural America in response to the opioid crisis.
The meaning of fatherhood remains elusive, even in the age of DNA-based paternity testing.
What happens when we reframe complex social and political issues as technical puzzles? Two new books challenge modern cities' over-reliance on data and technology.
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
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