For songwriter and a scientist alike, the delight is in peering into the unknown, reaching in, and pulling some strange, new thing out of the darkness.
A small percentage of people who consume psychedelics experience strange lingering effects, sometimes years after they took the drug.
We know the dangers of too little sleep. Now for the other side of the story.
The U.S. has been in a state of continuous armed conflict since 2001, yet Congress has not declared war on a country since 1942. How have several presidents managed to keep sending troops without a declaration of war, and what does this mean for the American people?
Get lost in a good book. Time and again, reading has been shown to make us healthier, smarter, and more empathic.
Researchers are bringing together imaging and AI to understand the variations, causes, and potential treatments of depression.
You may not have heard, but agriculture is about to undergo a truly organic revolution. Indigo is one of many agriculture businesses that's researching how microbes can help increase crop yields even as our climate changes.
Artist Laura Poitras—the filmmaker who helped Edward Snowden—shows Americans how to survive total surveillance in a new exhibition.
A school district in Iowa is one of the first to outfit its administrators with body cameras. Their use should ease tensions with regard to transparency and accountability, but not everyone is happy with the precedent they set.
The Atlantic's Conor Friedersdorf argues that placing King's face on U.S. currency makes sense on many counts. He also argues that "Old Hickory's" racist legacy makes him the best candidate to be removed to make room.
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about both the means and consequences of demonization. And like most Americans of my generation I generally think it’s a terrible thing. To […]
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected propylene, a chemical used to create food storage containers and other plastic items, on Saturn's largest moon. It's the first time this chemical has been found anywhere outside of Earth.
Imagine you have a friend who, like many high-achieving people, has a goal. In the service of that goal, your friend eats very little and ends up looking like skin […]
Conor Friedersdorf doesn’t understand why Andrew Sullivan gushes so much about President Obama given the heavy importance Sullivan seems to place on a number of issues on which Obama has […]
Big Think’s Peter Lawler thought Michele Bachmann won the Republican debate last night in advance of the Iowa straw poll. Other conservative commentators thought Texas Governor Rick Perry, who will […]
Another fine feature of REAL EDUCATION by Hacker and Dreifus is its sensitive and altogether unideological treatment of professors who become legends. Among the legends they mention, one is still […]
Writing about intelligence is like running a ferry service between two different planets. On one, everyone assumes that g, general intelligence, is a real and important trait, in which heredity […]
Conor Clarke in the Atlantic’s business blog today, reports on Senator Benjamin Cardin’s plan to make it easy for newspapers to become nonprofits. But do we really want newspapers that […]