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The Downsides of Being Smart

A podcast listener named <b>Amy Young</b> writes in with interesting comments about our recent “Can You Be Too Smart For Your Own Good?” episode:<p>As I hold a …

From global warming to fluoride: Why do people deny science?

The potent combination of our powerful intelligence with our massive reality denial has led to a dangerous world<p>The potent combination of our powerful intelligence with our massive reality denial has led to a dangerous world. Less obvious, but in the long term more dangerous, are threats resulting …

Is Outrage Over the Monsanto Protection Act a Turning Point for the Food Movement?

In March, when I first wrote about how the biotech rider -- called the Monsanto Protection Act by its vocal opponents -- undercut the constitutional concept of separation of powers, it seemed hardly anyone (other than the usual advocacy groups) was paying attention. But then a lot of people got …

Agriculture

Poor People Are Now More Likely to Live in Suburbs Than Cities

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A new study of population and income trends has found that the poverty which has long been …

Revenge, ego and the corruption of Wikipedia

The unmasking of a writer who took extraordinary advantage of online anonymity to pursue old vendettas<p>In the wee hours of the morning of January 27, 2013, a Wikipedia editor named "Qworty" made a series of 14 separate edits to the Wikipedia page for the late writer Barry Hannah, a well-regarded …