Rationality isn't the rule, it's rare. That's true of the sort of optimizing rationality that economists presume we all have (even though many economists themselves fall short of that standard).
Bullshit greases the wheels of sociability. Questioning bullshit can be a sure way to lose friends and alienate people.
In 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched, leading to a revolution in astronomy. But for many purposes, Earth is still the best place to be. When you think about what’s […]
From La Rinconada in Peru to South Africa's deepest mines: the quest for gold drives people to the greatest heights and depths on Earth.
As the Event Horizon Telescope prepares to release its first results, we can expect not just one, but two black hole images. What does a black hole actually look like? For […]
Compelling evidence makes the case for both the Steppe and Anatolian Hypotheses.
The Los Angeles Hope Festival is the celebration and examination of hope and optimism, two paradigmatic mental attitudes that play a vital and influential role in our daily lives.
Sponsored by the Hope & Optimism Initiative
German researchers find an unexpected source for new antibiotics as growing drug resistance threatens to cause worldwide epidemics.
“When I think of art, I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life,” minimalist artist Agnes Martin once explained. “It is not in the eye; it is in my mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection.” In the first comprehensive survey of her art at the Tate Modern, in London, England, the exhibition Agnes Martin strives to guide viewers to that “awareness of perfection” Martin strove to embody in her minimalist, geometrically founded art. Rather than the cold, person-less brand of modernist minimalism, Martin’s work personifies the warm humanity of Buddhist editing down to essentials. At the same time, surveying Martin’s art and thinking allows us to revisit the feminist critiques of minimalism and shows how Martin’s stepping back from the bustle of the New York art scene freed her to find “a beautiful mind” — not just for women, but for everyone.
The Woman in White is a Victorian mystery novel containing a "songline" of a chance slice of London.
Scientists have confirmed a sizable improvement in ozone levels over the past decade. The news is a testament to the world's noble dedication to reducing usage of hazardous chemicals.
Germany's employment minister has proposed a new law that would place restrictions on employers that force workers to check their work e-mail at home.
Every new cultural institution hopes for “The Bilbao Effect”—the economic boom the faltering, former industrial city of Bilbao, Spain, enjoyed after the 1997 rise of architect Frank Gehry’s game-changing design […]
Our world is undergoing a crisis in education. Around 67 million children do not have access to primary school, and around 72 million lack a secondary school education. These disturbing […]
With strikes in American nerve centers such as New York City, Los Angeles, Houston, and even Las Vegas, one artist this summer is waging a one-man World War Z of […]
The Tor Project was originally created to hide dissidents' online activity in countries that censor the Internet. Westerners now make up a significant share of its volunteer base, but signing on comes with risks.
In response to my recent post, “The Bright Side of Globalization,” my friend and colleague Jean Houston sent me an excerpt from her book Jump Time entitled, “Wok and Roll in […]
Enter a rapidly changing world where a passionate scientist by the name of Isaac Newton burns political bridges in London, a royal astronomer, Edmond Halley, seeks a powerful formula from […]
For those of us who are committed to creating a better world how do we respond to the evil and heinous acts of our violent past? I just got back […]
Looking at the electoral college map, it’s easy to imagine that the U.S. is a sharply divided country. The northeastern and western coastal states are all blue, while a broad […]
While flipping through Modern Furniture: 150 Years of Design, I couldn’t help but stop and smile at seeing the same monobloc chair sitting on my backyard deck sitting there on […]