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This Is Your Brain on Politics

What happens to you when politics comes to define every aspect of your life? What happens when ticking off the right positions on political controversies of the day, supporting your side’s favored politicians, and vilifying politicians on the other side—when all of that becomes a substitute for wisdom and virtue? We saw two really great […]

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How Carl Sagan Ruined Science

I am a Carl Sagan fan from way back. His 1980 TV miniseries “Cosmos” hit me at just the right age and inflamed a lifelong love of science. But we’ve had nearly forty years to assess the long-term impact and see how Sagan unwittingly contributed to a trend that has served to muddle public understanding […]

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The Era of Authority

I was amused recently by a hilariously un-self-aware comment from feminist journalist Jill Filipovic. One advantage the left has over the right is we don’t value bowing to authority. But I see a kind of Messiah worship in Sanders supporters. — Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) April 15, 2016 I wonder: was she around at all when […]

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Bill Nye the Propaganda Guy

You have no doubt come across the type of people who proclaim that they loooooove science. Why, they don’t just love science, they freaking love science. For the most part, they demonstrate this love not by actually making scientific discoveries or using science in their work, but by liking the right posts on Facebook. At […]

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Bill Nye the Anti-Science Guy

I’ve never been a fan of Bill Nye “the Science Guy.” Partly it’s because I’m from a different generation. I grew up with Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan as my introduction to science, and Nye always struck me as a cheap substitute. I find something condescending in his hyperkinetic manner, as if science couldn’t actually […]

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