Nov. 24, 2018 | "I have no better expression than the term 'religious' for this trust in the rational character of reality," said Einstein. But his was a god of philosophy, not religion... more »


Nov. 23, 2018 | What if the theory of mind that underwrites our individual distinctiveness has no basis in what neuroscience tells us about how the brain works? Alex Rosenberg explains... more »


Nov. 22, 2018 | The monochrome myth. Plenty of evidence that ancient sculptures were full of color can't compete with our ardor for whiteness. It's a centuries-long act of collective blindness... more »


Nov. 21, 2018 | Calculating, cutthroat, self-interested, teacher of tyrants: What was Machiavelli up to? Debunking ideas of virtue and vice... more »


Nov. 20, 2018 | Meet the geno-economists, who believe that genes measurably influence social outcomes. Dangerous idea. But impossible to ignore... more »


Nov. 19, 2018 | Douglas Prasher works at a Toyota dealership in Huntsville, Alabama. In 2008, he should have won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry. What happened?... more »


Nov. 17, 2018 | “I totally let my freak flag fly now,” says Jonathan Franzen. So he imitates bird chirps, ponders the cat problem, and goofs off... more »


Nov. 16, 2018 | Saul Bellow adjusts to fame. "If I find now that I can’t control the volume, I can always stuff my ears with money”... more »


Nov. 15, 2018 | Giacomo Leopardi felt trapped by his reactionary father and penny-pinching mother. What emerged were his musings on the darkness of the human condition... more »


Nov. 14, 2018 | How a niche publication for evolutionary psychologists tested the limits of iconoclasm on gender, race and intelligence... more »


Nov. 13, 2018 | Dickens died before putting the final touches on The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Theories abound as to his intent for Drood, but can we know for sure?... more »


Nov. 12, 2018 | Yuval Noah Harari's prophecies might have made him toxic in Silicon Valley. Instead the dystopian futurist is the darling of the tech elite... more »


Nov. 10, 2018 | Thomas More’s Utopia, published in 1516, contained the first fantasy map in a work of fiction. It was hardly the last... more »


Nov. 9, 2018 | Canadian fiction is often cloying and safe. What explains the absence of the socially ambitious Great Canadian Novel?... more »


Nov. 8, 2018 | Yes, nearly every great thinker of the past was sexist or racist or both. But that doesn't mean you can't admire them... more »


Nov. 7, 2018 | Nero wanted to kill his mother, but how? Poison wouldn’t work, weapons were too obvious, a defective boat somehow failed to sink... more »


Nov. 6, 2018 | The first "bottom-up" history of the world resides in an Austrian salt mine. "It's a global project — and its history is written by everyone"... more »


Nov. 5, 2018 | For 30 years, an unpublished manuscript about slaves and sailors in the Caribbean has been an underground sensation. Why is it reaching print only now?... more »


Nov. 3, 2018 | Before his Modernist masterpieces, the architect Philip Johnson devoted his talents to restoring Hitler’s reputation. Was he a Nazi spy?... more »


Nov. 2, 2018 | The most productive and worst botanist in history. Constantine Rafinesque described 6,000 “new” plant species. Many were well-known weeds... more »


Nov. 1, 2018 | Tales from a publishing family. Jane Austen was upset with a printing delay. And Charles Darwin was not amenable to making On the Origin of Species solely about pigeons... more »


Oct. 31, 2018 | The Better Angels of Our Nature, Bowling Alone, The New Jim Crow: What's the most influential book of the past 20 years?... more »


Oct. 30, 2018 | Prison camps, dystopia, terrorism, intelligentsia: Russian history has been a godsend for literature. And for political language as well... more »


Oct. 29, 2018 | We live in an age of epistemological mayhem. Bruno Latour, a contemporary philosopher, anticipated it or helped cause it. Or both... more »


Oct. 27, 2018 | A Simone Weil revival is underway. She was strange, intelligent, and idiosyncratic, but her life tells us much about ourselves... more »


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