I Am Not a Monster
Science has turned the squid from a storied monster into a marvel.
Sexism Killed My Love for Philosophy Then Mary Astell Brought It Back
How one woman philosopher reinvigorated another.
Ingenious: Jack Gilbert
The professor of surgery explains how health emerges from a healthy microbiome.
Head to Head: Should We Allow a Doping Free-for-All?
Two philosophers debate the ethics of performance enhancement.
Matchmaking Algorithms Are Unraveling the Causes of Rare Genetic Diseases
Jill Viles, an Iowa mother, was born with a rare type of muscular dystrophy. The symptoms weren’t really noticeable until preschool, when she began to fall while walking. She saw doctors, but they couldn’t diagnose her or supply a remedy. When she left for college, she was 5-foot-3 and weighed just 87 pounds. How she […]
What It Feels Like to Be an Octopus
On a recent Sunday, at my local Italian market, I considered the octopus. To eat the tentacle would be, in a way, like eating a brain—the eight arms of an octopus contain two-thirds of its half billion neurons. Delicious for some, yes—but for others, a jumping off point for the philosophical question of other minds. […]
How Single Women Are Changing Society
Bella DePaulo never fantasized about a dream wedding or being a bridesmaid. Instead, she saw herself as “single at heart,” pursuing intellectual refinement, friendship, and solitude as a young psychologist. Still, she had internalized the popular idea that married people were happier and healthier than the unmarried, and took her own pleasant experience to be […]
Why You Shouldn’t Swipe Left Too Quickly
When Eric Klinenberg, an NYU sociologist, was waiting at Penn Station with an armful of groceries, he got a call from a publisher at Penguin. “Hey,” said the publisher, “I have a random question for you: Have you ever heard of a comedian named Aziz Ansari?” Nautilus Members enjoy an ad-free experience. Log in or […]
Would the World Be Better If Everyone Were a Do-Gooder?
The people pushing themselves to the moral limit.
Why We Swim in Quarries
The powerful allure of the deep azure.