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  • The Worth of an Angry God

    How supernatural beliefs allowed societies to bond and spread.

  • NASA Is on the Cusp of a New Era

    A planetary scientist explains why SpaceX’s Starship will transform her field.

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    Steven Pinker Has His Reasons

    The psychologist unpacks rationality and denies being a guru to the capitalist elite.

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    The Math That Says Egalitarianism Is Possible

    You don’t have to be entirely pessimistic about the future of wealth inequality.

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    Reports of a Baleful Internet Are Greatly Exaggerated

    Our digital technologies can in fact be cognitive aids.

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    Talking Pop Science with Physicist Sabine Hossenfelder

    As abstract as it is, physics enriches your life.Image via Sabine Hossenfelder / YouTube Science without the gobbledygook.” That’s the name, and promise, of Sabine Hossenfelder’s YouTube show. The German theoretical physicist, whose main gig is as a Research Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, has attracted over 300,000 subscribers. Her videos—some of […]

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    The Dangerous Evolution of the Coronavirus

    These scientists have a new model for identifying variants before they kill.

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    How to Talk Like a Physicist

    Theoretical physicist Sabine Hossenfelder, who probably is the smartest person on her block, has fun in her latest video skewering the scientific braggart.Photograph by Francisco De Legarreta C. / Unsplash The other night I was out on our street with the neighbors for a socially distanced hang. My two-year-old daughter, mistaking the only street light […]

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    Larry David and the Game Theory of Anonymous Donations

    In a Curb Your Enthusiasm episode from 2007, Larry David and his wife Cheryl and their friends attend a ceremony to celebrate his public donation to the National Resources Defense Council, a non-profit environmental advocacy group. Little does he know that the actor Ted Danson, his arch-frenemy, also donated money, but anonymously. “Now it looks […]

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    How to Stop Feeling Crushed for Time

    Quit worrying whether time is money. Start appreciating time’s true value.