Energy through time
Problems of power resist solution. As other aspects of our lives have been entirely transformed for the better—the ability to communicate with each other, for example—just a little over a tenth of the world lives in a full democracy, and democratization has stalled or reversed in many parts of the world. Why is power a hard problem? Maybe because it is necessary but dangerous, intimate but foreign—a tangled externality, and possibly the very first one.
- Against Willpower: Willpower is dangerous, old idea that needs to be scrapped, by Carl Erik Fisher
- Raising the American Weakling: There are two very different interpretations of our dwindling grip strength, by Tom Vanderbilt
- The Anatomy of Charisma: What makes a person magnetic and why we should be wary, by Adam Piore
- This issue also includes contributions by Alan Burdick, Jordana Cepelewicz, K.C. Cole, Jim Davies, Helen Fisher, Michael Fitzgerald, Matthew Hutson, Michael Lewis, Sabine Hossenfelder, Katia Moskvitch, Regan Penaluna, Matthew Sedacca, Michael Segal, and John Wendle.