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Skepticon V Impressions

This past weekend, I was in Springfield, Missouri for Skepticon V (“the fifth most annual Skepticon yet”). I had such a fantastic time at Skepticon IV in 2011, it was […]

Blogging Better Angels: The Bad Old Days

Back in May, I reviewed Steven Pinker’s hugely ambitious new book The Better Angels of Our Nature, about the decline of violence through history. I couldn’t do justice to all […]

A Nuclear-Powered Drone? Fantasy. DIY Drones? Reality.

This is a tale of two drones. One is the stuff of crazy science fiction. The other is a reality. Now here's the twist: individuals are making DIY drones a reality while large government-sponsored researchers are the ones writing the science fiction.     

Reason Rally Wrap-Up, Part 3

Read Part 2 here. I’ve talked about the weather, the crowds, the protesters and the speakers, and I wanted to end up with some overall impressions. One of the things […]

2011, The Year in Ideas

We survey the groundbreaking ideas of 2011 from experts such as Daniel Kahneman, Ray Kurzweil, Peter Diamandis, Sal Khan, Daniel Burrus, Michio Kaku, Steven Pinker and many others. 

Stephen Fry, Sex And Women

I recently wrote of the bear pit into which habitual ‘Twitterers’ can fall, and today the British newspapers are full of writer and broadcaster, Stephen Fry’s Twitter comments about women […]

Cheever’s Facebook

Edmund White’s eloquent consideration of Cheever in the new New York Review of Books remembers the late author’s connections with Chekhov, his love/hate relationship with Catcher in the Rye, and […]