Marx is back

For Karl Marx, the proletarian revolution was to be global: “Workers of all lands, unite.” It never happened. Here’s why it still might…
For Karl Marx, the proletarian revolution was to be global: “Workers of all lands, unite.” It never happened. Here’s why it still might… [More]

Stop idealising French women!

French culture holds the secrets to improve our diets, our children, our love lives? Piffle. The idea of France has become a parody of itself…
French culture holds the secrets to improve our diets, our children, our love lives? Piffle. The idea of France has become a parody of itself… [More]

Mathematics of happiness debunked

Positive psychology was supposed to bring rigor to the study of human flourishing. That was the promise. But Nick Brown saw bunk…
Positive psychology was supposed to bring rigor to the study of human flourishing. That was the promise. But Nick Brown saw bunk… [More]

Science and art

Proust was not a neuroscientist, Jane Austen was not a game theorist, and the two-cultures problem isn’t a problem. William Deresiewicz explains…
Proust was not a neuroscientist, Jane Austen was not a game theorist, and the two-cultures problem isn’t a problem. William Deresiewicz explains… [More]

The White pages

E.B. White abandoned Manhattan for a saltwater farm in Maine. He was more at home with animals than with people…
E.B. White abandoned Manhattan for a saltwater farm in Maine. He was more at home with animals than with people… [More]

Émile Zola and art.

We think of Émile Zola as polemicist, pamphleteer, moral beacon. But as an art critic, he helped bring about a painterly revolution….
We think of Émile Zola as polemicist, pamphleteer, moral beacon. But as an art critic, he helped bring about a painterly revolution…. [More]

Theodor Adorno on the Holocaust

Rationality’s tyranny. For Theodor Adorno, both academe and pop culture were drags on creativity. Beware the “salaried profundity” of professors!…
Rationality’s tyranny. For Theodor Adorno, both academe and pop culture were drags on creativity. Beware the “salaried profundity” of professors!… [More]

Intelligent design and evolution

How to explain extreme altruism: sacrifice with no genetic payoff? Francis Collins calls it a divine gift, but to Paul Bloom it’s a cultural accomplishment…
How to explain extreme altruism: sacrifice with no genetic payoff? Francis Collins calls it a divine gift, but to Paul Bloom it’s a cultural accomplishment… [More]

Erez Aiden Contains Multitudes

Erez Aiden slaloms between the sciences and the humanities, accumulating patents, publications, and skepticism as he goes…
Erez Aiden slaloms between the sciences and the humanities, accumulating patents, publications, and skepticism as he goes… [More]

Year of plagiarists

Laziness, panic, narcissism, low self-esteem, ambition, deliberate self-sabotage: Why so many poets are plagiarizing…
Laziness, panic, narcissism, low self-esteem, ambition, deliberate self-sabotage: Why so many poets are plagiarizing… [More]