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.
Steven Pinker Has His Reasons
The psychologist unpacks rationality and denies being a guru to the capitalist elite.
The Math That Says Egalitarianism Is Possible
You don’t have to be entirely pessimistic about the future of wealth inequality.
Reports of a Baleful Internet Are Greatly Exaggerated
Our digital technologies can in fact be cognitive aids.
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 […]
The Dangerous Evolution of the Coronavirus
These scientists have a new model for identifying variants before they kill.
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 […]
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 […]
How to Stop Feeling Crushed for Time
Quit worrying whether time is money. Start appreciating time’s true value.