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Al Gore Does His Best Ralph Waldo Emerson

The former vice president reads the transcendentalist poet—and reminds us of one.

Why Doing Good Makes It Easier to Be Bad

You Can Have Emotions You Don’t Feel

Heredity Beyond the Gene

What you pass on to your kids isn’t always in your genetic code.

The Point of Men’s Cults

The City at the Center of the Cosmos

Robots and lasers are uncovering an ancient, sacred geography.

How We Make Gods

Taking lessons from the rise and fall of divinity in online games.

The Last Love of Jonas Salk

The unusual union of a renowned artist and the discoverer of the Polio vaccine.