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The Calvinist Roots of American Anti-Intellectualism

By EJ Spode.‘<i>People sometimes say that they like Trump because he speaks his mind and because he talks and thinks like they do, and this is often</i> …

Excerpt: Tales Of The Ex-Apes

The Brain That Couldn’t Remember

‘Can you tell me who the president of the United States is at the moment?”<p>A man and a woman sat in an office in the Clinical Research Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It was 1986, and the man, Henry Molaison, was about to turn 60. He was wearing sweatpants and a checkered shirt …

Sexual assault case involving refugees in Idaho in the age of Donald Trump.

Last month, rumors began to ricochet around the city of Twin Falls, Idaho, that three Syrian refugees had raped a 5-year-old girl. Some in town said …

Hillary the Hawk: A History

Whoever is elected on Nov. 8 will be a war president on day one, with the power and autonomy to undertake destabilizing shows of force, drone …

How Scientists Are Bringing People Back From The Dead

Pressing pause could mean the difference between life and death<p>The Reanimators<p>When in crisis, the human body can slow its metabolic clock to the point of appearing dead. What happens when doctors start doing it on purpose?<p>One afternoon in February 2011, Kelly Dwyer strapped on a pair of snowshoes …

Could Women Be Trusted With Their Own Pregnancy Tests?

In 1967, Margaret Crane was a 26-year-old product designer at Organon Pharmaceuticals, sketching face-cream bottles and ointment jars. One day, as she walked through a lab at the company’s headquarters in New Jersey, she spotted rows of test tubes on shiny racks that twinkled under the industrial …

Who Are All These Trump Supporters?

At the candidate’s rallies, a new understanding of America emerges.<p>He Appears<p>Trump is wearing the red baseball cap, or not. From this distance, he is strangely handsome, well proportioned, puts you in mind of a sea captain: Alan Hale from “Gilligan’s Island,” say, had Hale been slimmer, richer, …

How Samantha Bee Crashed the Late-Night Boys' Club

December 1985: it's an icy Toronto night, and 16-year-old Samantha Bee is on a mission to not fail out of 10th grade. It's going to take some doing. …

Bloody Ramzan: From Turkey to Saudi Arabia, the hatemongers gruesomely observed their 'month of jihad'

Ramzan 2016 from June 6 to July 6 has been the bloodiest in modern history? This is disturbing for someone who grew up in 90s Kashmir when the …

Who's Really to Blame for Istanbul Airport Attack?

The chickens are coming home to roost. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has publicly voiced what many of us thought — and tweeted — shortly …

Waiting for Gödel

In June of 1975, the Office of the White House Press Secretary announced President Gerald R. Ford’s picks for the National Medal of Science. One went to the Austrian-born mathematician and logician Kurt Gödel. Nicknamed Mr. Why by his parents, Gödel was known to a subset of his constituents as, …

Does power really corrupt?

An argument about whether powerful people behave better or worse than others is shaking the world of experimental psychology. Matthew Sweet …

Experts: Donald Trump Is Lying About His Fundraising Haul

After releasing fundraising reports that were anemic, the campaign announced he’d raised at least $3.3 million. If that figure seems impossible, …

The War on Stupid People

American society increasingly mistakes intelligence for human worth.<p>As recently as the 1950s, possessing only middling intelligence was not likely to severely limit your life’s trajectory. IQ wasn’t a big factor in whom you married, where you lived, or what others thought of you. The qualifications …

High School

How American Politics Went Insane

It happened gradually—and until the U.S. figures out how to treat the problem, it will only get worse.<p><b>I</b>t’s 2020, four years from now. The campaign is under way to succeed the president, who is retiring after a single wretched term. Voters are angrier than ever—at politicians, at compromisers, at …

Political Science

The Assault on Antidepressants

Twenty-three years after Listening to Prozac, Peter Kramer comes to the drug’s defense.<p>Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants<p>By Peter D. Kramer<p>FSG<p>Several years ago, in the middle of reading volume five of The Princess Diaries to our elder daughter, my wife came to a passage about a dog who …

Drug Testing

The Republican Party’s White Strategy

Embracing white nativism in the 1990s turned the California GOP into a permanent minority. The same story may now be repeating itself nationally.<p>When it comes to Latinos, Donald Trump has a muse: Ann Coulter. Last June, when Trump called Mexican immigrants “rapists” in his presidential-campaign …

When Simulations Replace Reality: A Q&A with Robin Hanson, Big Ideas Guy

<i>Would you rather be plausible but dull, or implausible but fascinating? Robin Hanson has made his choice. He is, technically, an economist, with</i> …

Cary in the Sky with Diamonds

Before Timothy Leary and the Beatles, LSD was largely unknown and unregulated. But in the 1950s, as many as 100 Hollywood luminaries—Cary Grant and Esther Williams among them—began taking the drug as part of psychotherapy. With LSD research beginning a comeback, the authors recount how two Beverly …

Thinking About Hillary — A Plea for Reason

<i>“In the course of a single conversation, I have been assured that Hillary is cunning and manipulative but also crass, clueless, and stunningly</i> …

American Horror Story

“Bitch!”<p>The shout came after the first mention of Hillary Clinton’s name at Tuesday night’s Donald Trump rally in North Carolina: An opening speaker …

Free Trade

Meet the New Trump, Same as the Old Trump

Since the shooting in Orlando, the Republican has adopted some new talking points—including defending LGBT Americans—but his strategy seems to have changed little.<p>GREENSBORO, N.C.—Donald Trump isn’t pivoting to the center. If anything, he’s growing more bombastic, more erratic, more—well, more like …

Government

A badly run conference is not only a lost opportunity, but is a waste of money and time. How can we improve them?<p>With the occasional exception, my mood in conferences usually swings between boredom, despair and rage.<p>At the very least, can we commission a systematic review of the existing evidence …

Social Media

The hidden cost of crowd-sourcing a cure

On a cold Thursday evening in March 2014, a New Jersey trial attorney named Bill Burns browsed on his phone while waiting for the bill at a sushi …

Can't Shake It Off: How Taylor Swift Became a Nazi Idol

Nazis and members of the "alt-right" consider Taylor Swift an Aryan pop queen who is “red pilling” America into a race war through her pop hits.<p>Every demographic chooses a pop icon. Gay men worship Cher, black women love Beyoncé, and neo-Nazis worship Taylor Swift, a skinny, blonde Pennsylvania …

When Does ‘Eating Clean’ Become an Eating Disorder? Best Weight loss Program

For years I have lived asking myself these questions: Have you thought about your food? Have you thought about the virtue of it—how healthy it is and …

Christian conservatives want to regulate sex -- and deny it to the poor

Sexual intimacy and pleasure are some of humanity’s most cherished experiences. The so-called “best things in life” include natural beauty, fine …