Steve Paulson

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    Why Doesn’t Everybody Have Dark Skin Today?

    Questions and answers about the science of skin color.

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    Why We’re Drawn Into Darkness

    Author Robert MacFarlane on the awe and horror of subterranean places.

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    The Ancient Rites That Gave Birth to Religion

    Sacred beliefs likely arose out of prehistoric bonding and rituals.

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    Yuval Noah Harari Is Worried About Our Souls

    The big-data makeover of humanity could be a recipe for disaster.

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    Thomas Kuhn Threw an Ashtray at Me

    Why Errol Morris is still outraged by the famous philosopher of science.

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    The Stranger Things That Gave Birth to Science

     Finding regularity in nature is the bread and butter of science. We know that reptiles lay eggs, while mammals bear live young; the Earth revolves around the sun every 365.25 days; electrons glom onto protons like bears onto honey. But what if some oddity seems to defy the laws of nature, like the platypus, an […]

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    Roger Penrose On Why Consciousness Does Not Compute

    The emperor of physics defends his controversial theory of mind.

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    The Spiritual, Reductionist Consciousness of Christof Koch

    What the neuroscientist is discovering is both humbling and frightening him.

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    My Life with the Physics Dream Team

    Freeman Dyson on working with the greatest physicists of the 20th century.

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    Beauty Is Physics’ Secret Weapon

    A Nobel laureate maps his path to discovery.