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September 05, 2016
The Democritean Dance
Our bodies and minds are made of atoms like everything else.
September 02, 2016
A World on Our Doorstep
This could be a suitable outpost for humanity into the unimaginably far future.
August 12, 2016
Why We Shouldn’t Want Manufacturing Jobs Back
The jobs haven't disappeared, they've just been taken by robots.
August 06, 2016
Weekend Coffee: Primitive Technology
My latest obsession is Primitive Technology, a video blog from remote northern Australia. The creator,...
July 29, 2016
We Need All the Brainpower We Can Get
We've solved all the easy problems already. Now we need more people to help out...
July 27, 2016
On Human Negativity Bias
Why people are so eager to believe the worst.
July 22, 2016
Doubt Is Not Our Product
The difference between skeptics and denialists.
June 08, 2016
Have We Hit the Limits of Growth?
It's too soon to be pessimistic about the future.
May 04, 2016
The Clock of the Long Now
The Long Now Foundation wants to build a clock that will run for 10,000 years....
April 27, 2016
Repost: The Republican Stupid-Party Spiral Dilemma
[Author's Note: I wrote this in late 2012. In light of recent developments, I thought...
April 09, 2016
Weekend Coffee: Autonomous Vehicles Advance
Nailed it: This week was a huge achievement for Elon Musk's SpaceX, which delivered another...
March 21, 2016
Is Addiction a Moral Failing?
Something that, as an atheist, I always insist upon is that we are biochemical machines....
February 14, 2016
Photo Sunday: Titanosaur
I spent this weekend doing some cultural stuff in New York City, including a visit...
January 20, 2016
Alive Inside is an award-winning documentary by Michael Rossato-Bennett about the work of Dan Cohen,...
January 13, 2016
Book Review: The Illusion of God’s Presence
Summary: Not a new theory, but a new and strong case for an old theory,...
January 04, 2016
Turning the Corner on Climate Change
The future is bleak for Miami. Built on low-lying swampland, it's one of the most...
December 27, 2015
Weekend Coffee: Reusable Rockets
The news was nearly overshadowed by Christmas, but Elon Musk's SpaceX pulled off an incredible...
December 09, 2015
What the Bible Gets Wrong About Hymens
I appreciated this subversively feminist video from College Humor debunking myths about the hymen (SFW,...
November 21, 2015
Weekend Coffee: CRISPR
For decades, we've understood the structure and function of DNA. But this immensely powerful knowledge...
October 26, 2015
Movie Review: The Martian
Content note: Contains some spoilers. It says something about our era that so many of...
October 19, 2015
The White Man Non-Culpability Squad
There was some rare good news on the sexual-harassment front last week, with the news...
September 30, 2015
Blood Moon Lunacy, or the Virtue of Vagueness
On Sunday night, I went out to see the "super blood moon" eclipse. It was...
September 28, 2015
Summary: Like a watcher of the skies when a new planet swims into his ken....
September 02, 2015
The Strange Tale of Rose Marks
Last month, I wrote about whether we should pity the victims of the prosperity gospel...
August 12, 2015
When Rationalists Reinvent Religion
I enjoyed this story by Dylan Matthews on Vox about effective altruism, an idea I'm...
July 15, 2015
The World in the Dark
Human beings have always been explorers, and this week, we pushed the boundaries of our...
July 01, 2015
The Pope’s Laudato: So Close And Yet So Far
Pope Francis has issued an encyclical, Laudato Si, which warns about the grave danger of...
June 10, 2015
Debunking the Bible’s Gender Binary
Christian fundamentalists who oppose same-sex marriage, or who attack the identities of transgender people like...
June 03, 2015
Popular Delusions: Electrosensitivity
It's a fact that allergies are becoming a bigger and bigger problem in Western society....
May 16, 2015
#BeyondMarieCurie: Women in STEM & Medicine
In a bid to give women scientists other than Marie Curie the recognition they're too...
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