How Single Women Are Changing Society
Thinking out of the nuclear family box.
Atheism, the Computer Model
Big data meets history to forecast the rise and fall of religion.
The Anatomy of Charisma
What makes a person magnetic and why we should be wary.
Science Is Finally Getting Its Close-up
In case you hadn’t noticed, science is enjoying a renaissance on screen. Not science fiction—that’s always been a silver screen staple—but actual scientists doing actual science. As Nautilus explained in December, in “How We Got from Doc Brown to Walter White,” the fictional scientist, in particular on TV, has evolved from the nutty genius to […]
Video Games Do Guilt Better Than Any Other Art
The idea that motion pictures can be works of art has been around since the 1920s, and it hasn’t really been disputed since. It’s easy to see why—cinema shares characteristics with theater in terms of acting, direction, music, set design, narrative, and so on. Now we have whole academic departments dedicated to film appreciation, to […]
Minority Groups Lose When They Collaborate with Power
Cailin O’Connor—a philosopher, scientist, and mathematician—may not enjoy tense situations, but they fascinate her. Last year, in a Huffington Post article titled “Game Theory and The Walking Dead,” she wrote that the zombie show’s “plot lines are rich with strategic tension.” She goes on to analyze three of what she calls “the most strategically compelling […]
Science Is Not Constantly Being Proved Right
It’s a subtle point, but the British comedian Ricky Gervais was not quite right when he told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show yesterday, “Science is constantly being proved all the time.” Perhaps he misspoke. He was put on the defensive. Colbert, an idiosyncratic but sincere Catholic, was not really playing devil’s advocate when he […]
Raising the American Weakling
There are two very different interpretations of our dwindling grip strength.
Bias in the ER
Doctors suffer from the same cognitive distortions as the rest of us.
Does Depression Have an Evolutionary Purpose?
Some psychologists believe suicide and depression can be strategic.