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Bringing the Drake Equation up to date.
Humans may have one thing that advanced aliens don’t—consciousness.
When I read that more than a billion animals had lost their lives to bushfires still raging in Australia, I froze, staring at the incomprehensible figure on my screen. A sort of sinking…Read More
In the Netflix show The Queen’s Gambit, based on a novel by Walter Tevis, a burly custodian in an orphanage basement, hunched over a chess board, intrigues a nine-year-old girl named…Read More
One day in 1787, Benjamin Franklin emerged from the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, where the founders were debating the shape of a new government. He was confronted by Elizabeth…Read More
Reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine’s Abstractions blog.Our sense of time may be the scaffolding for all of our experience and behavior, but it is an unsteady and subjective…Read More