Jan. 1, 2010 | Modern medicine is good at staving off death, but bad at knowing when to focus, instead, on improving the days that terminal patients have left... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | Libertarians need Charles Darwin because a Darwinian science of human evolution supports classical liberalism... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | Communism no longer inspires China, which needs an ideology rooted in old traditions. Confucianism fills the bill... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | Q: What makes a good copy editor? A: Self-doubt. Before you change, ask yourself if the writer did it for a reason. Maintain eternal vigilance... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | Sarah Palin wanted to "refudiate" backers of a mosque near the WTC site. Not bad, come to think of it, as a portmanteau coinage... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | Materialist vs. mystic. Does the brain imagine a soul to take the sting out of mortality? Maybe the soul just allows the brain to pretend to be in control... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | The most fundamental change in Beijingâ?'s new view of the West lies in the notion that the U.S. is no longer indispensable to China... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | Ottoman cosmopolitanism: Jews, Arabs, Copts, even Freemasons lived side by side, with tolerance and good humor. What went wrong? When?... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | An intelligent computer, aware of nothing, can say, "That makes me happy," without feeling happy - seeming to act like an intelligent human being... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | Reconciliation is a lovely idea for the sentimentalist. How much value is it to actual victims of genocide in Rwanda?... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | 'It''s miracle medicine, to be sure. If homeopathy worked at all, the Germans are at last finding out, it would be a miracle'... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | The art of slow reading. We need to return to a practice of stopping while we read, turning ideas over in our minds, exploring the depths of thought... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | Penn and Tellerâ?'s act has no showgirls, fireworks, or tigers. It is suffused with a kind of irony, skepticism, and beauty seldom seen in Las Vegas... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | We can praise the framers for an ability to compromise, and thus give us the Constitution. But they evaded an issue it took the Civil War to resolve... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | We might with existing DNA from caves clone a Neanderthal liver. But why not go all the way and clone a complete living, uh, person?... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | Steampunk: a bizarre subculture that romanticizes Victorian-era machines and Jules Verne is steadily entering the mainstream... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | Free trade and a never-ending exchange of ideas offers us an inexhaustible river of invention and discovery. Matt Ridley on wealth and growth... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | 'Sophisticated intellectuals are more open to new information than others. That''s what you''d expect, anyway. But you''d be wrong'... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | The Interview, writes Mark Twain in a new-found essay, "was not a happy invention. It is perhaps the poorest of all ways of getting at what is in a man"... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | What is Google Maps? A place to record the disputed territory claims of nation states, or a higher court where we can appeal those claims?... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | Across the land, in colleges at every level of quality, students are spending far less time studying than they did thirty years ago... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | 'Institutions progress but human beings don''t, says Roger Scruton, and the human capacity for cruelty and violence is, alas, infinite'... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | All that prancing about by the clergy in elaborate, colorful costumes. Is there a deeply repressed homosexual streak in the modern Church? Is the Pope gay?... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | Europeans and Americans are thought to be very different. Wrong, argues Peter Baldwin, who prefers to call them identical cousins... more »


Jan. 1, 2010 | American blacks are victims of a history of slavery and racism. Does it follow that their salvation must be engineered by government? Amy Wax says no... more »


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