Jan. 1, 2011 | How unlikely: a small community of intellectuals in a corner of 18th-century Europe changed world history. They not only wanted progress, they figured out how to attain it... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Conservative? Poet Geoffrey Hill is a far edgier artist than any of the swaggering, finger-clicking non-entities who claim to be taking poetry to the people... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Book thieves likely pride themselves that they show connoisseurship and erudition in their crimes. It takes knowledge and discrimination to be a good book thief... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Experiments are at long last changing the way social science is conducted. Yes, one day we will be able reliably to predict human behavior... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Only the peer reviewed need apply. Once upon a time, "peer reviewed" meant that research was validly arrived at, not fabricated. Today it often means hewing to the party line... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | At the heart of the Enlightenment lies a core principle, says Tzvetan Todorov: the freedom of the individual. Today, attempts to "improve" on this principle court disaster... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'He''d studied medieval poetry, but after 20 years in corporate life, this Rip Van Winkle decided to return to the groves of academe. It wasn''t college as he remembered it. Or maybe it was'... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | Americans, plugged in and on the move, are confiding in their pets, their laptops, and their spouses. But more and more, they are loners... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | 'Who owns art stolen in war? To return plunder to its owners may seem easy, but in practice it''s very hard, especially for objects seized in the distant past'... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | Who, if anyone, will stop Iran before it goes nuclear, and how? If things remain on the current course, an Israeli air strike looms... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | Neanderthals were kissing cousins of our more direct ancestors, it seems. In fact, there may have been more than a little kissing... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | Ugliest animals. From star-nosed moles to blobfish to warthogs, we find some animals downright repulsive. Are we being unfair, or what?... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | David Mamet has turned on the liberal pieties that he sees as having governed his youth. But have his new politics improved his plays?... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | Tony Judt, historian, polemicist, man of ideas, brave chronicler of the disease that slowly killed him, is dead at the age of 62... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | The Himalayas, the Atlantic Ocean, planet Earth itself: they look solid enough, but they are maybe better understood not as places, but as processes... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | 'A bogus history of Afghanistan is not a good foundation for making policy to deal with the country''s problems, says Christian Caryl'... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | Saddam Hussein drained the wetlands of southern Iraq to punish the Marsh Arabs. Now a courageous U.S. Iraqi wants to restore the marshes... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | Michael Bellesiles was drummed out of academe over his book about guns in America. Does he deserve a second chance?... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | 'Warner Oland''s Charlie Chan, with his fortune-cookie English, became one of the most hated characters in American popular culture'... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | The gears of the mind evolved in ancient ecological and economic contexts. To grasp them, Jonathan Haidt looks both up to culture and down to neurons... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | The utter mysteriousness of existence was deeply felt by Chekhov, who also could not keep his eyes off the teeming variety of human forms... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | 'Rhapsodies to machines that tamed nature, say, the steam engine, have given way to impatience with machines that don''t instantly indulge our whims'... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | Agnostics see atheism as "a theism" - as much a childlike, faith-based creed as the most orthodox of ordinary religions... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | Chinaâ?'s audacious gamble: to mount an ambitious public information campaign abroad while denying crucial information to its own people... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | Everyone agrees that food portion sizes in depictions of the Last Supper have grown over the centuries. Not everyone agrees why... more »


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