Long before David Blaine, there was the mimicry of the tiger moth—it avoids bats by emitting an ultrasonic signature similar to that of a noxious species. Long before that, some physicists say, an alien civilization launched an intricate simulation of reality, which we currently inhabit. Even if that hypothesis is false, don’t we entertain our own illusions every day, from free will to free markets?
- Five Ways to Lie with Charts: Want to spin your data? Here’s how, by Becca Cudmore
- How Your Brain Decides Without You: In a world full of ambiguity, we see what we want to see, by Tom Vanderbilt
- Your Brain Can’t Handle the Moon: How the moon stirs tension between your conscious and subconscious minds, by Brian Gallagher
- This issue also includes contributions from: Ivan Amato, Carrie Arnold, Summer Ash, Kevin Berger, Elie Dolgin, Rose Eveleth, Katherine Hobson, Erica Klarreich, and Alex Riley.