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    The End of Reductionism Could Be Nigh. Or Not.

    Quantum mechanics seems to have a problem with the order of time, which might signal the need for an entirely new type of law.Illustration by Ekaterina Kulaeva / Shutterstock The history of science so far has been a triumph of reductionism. Biology can be reduced to chemistry, chemistry can be reduced to atomic physics, and […]
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    The History of Locker-Room Talk

    Why men put down other men by attacking their masculinity.
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    Is the Universe Open-Ended?

    An intriguing proposal about what makes reality tick under the surface.
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    My 3 Greatest Revelations

    The author on writing his new book, “The Ascent of Information.”
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    My Lab Uses Ultrasound to Stimulate Unconscious Patients

    Ultrasound can be a neuromodulator—to increase or decrease the likelihood that neurons will fire. Exactly how this works remains unclear, but it likely results from the physical “shaking” of neurons.Illustration by Jackie Niam / Shutterstock A few years ago, at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, I escaped the noisy midday hustle and bustle, ducking into […]