Were we happier?

With millennia of inventions and discoveries at our back, humans have never been more powerful. But were we happier in the Stone Age?…
With millennia of inventions and discoveries at our back, humans have never been more powerful. But were we happier in the Stone Age?… [More]

“The End of History” in retrospect

Twenty-five years ago, Francis Fukuyama declared the end of history and the triumph of liberal democracy. Today it’s an ideal in tatters…
Twenty-five years ago, Francis Fukuyama declared the end of history and the triumph of liberal democracy. Today it’s an ideal in tatters… [More]

Weimar

Weimar: Where Goethe and Schiller found a home, Liszt blossomed into a musical genius; Bauhaus became possible, and Nazism took hold…
Weimar: Where Goethe and Schiller found a home, Liszt blossomed into a musical genius; Bauhaus became possible, and Nazism took hold… [More]

History of Autocorrect

In this age of fat fingers on tiny touchscreens, autocorrect is a necessity. Whom can we thank for this innovation? A man identified as Bill Vaginal…
In this age of fat fingers on tiny touchscreens, autocorrect is a necessity. Whom can we thank for this innovation? A man identified as Bill Vaginal… [More]

Cultural history of elevator

More than a machine, the elevator introduced codes of conduct, even ideas. It moved not only people and goods but also information…
More than a machine, the elevator introduced codes of conduct, even ideas. It moved not only people and goods but also information… [More]

Personal view of WWI

Before 1914, wars were typically presumed to be justified. Now they’re suspect; everybody knows “the old lie.” A lesson learned too well?…
Before 1914, wars were typically presumed to be justified. Now they’re suspect; everybody knows “the old lie.” A lesson learned too well?… [More]

Story of pain

Dull, pressing, throbbing: From Donne to Sontag, we’ve struggled to describe pain. Would doing so enable a more creative world?…
Dull, pressing, throbbing: From Donne to Sontag, we’ve struggled to describe pain. Would doing so enable a more creative world?… [More]

History of obesity

Tastes in physiques change over time. William the Conqueror’s girth was mocked, but in 14th-century Paris, women strove for “beautiful loins and big bottoms”…
Tastes in physiques change over time. William the Conqueror’s girth was mocked, but in 14th-century Paris, women strove for “beautiful loins and big bottoms”… [More]

Still. end of history

Has Francis Fukuyama’s end-of-history hypothesis been proved wrong? Not according to him. The power of liberal democracy remains immense…
Has Francis Fukuyama’s end-of-history hypothesis been proved wrong? Not according to him. The power of liberal democracy remains immense… [More]

Steven Pinker’s history of thought

Steven Pinker learned early that every intellectual needs an affectation. So he’s left his Spinoza-like hairdo – long, curly – unchanged since the 70s…
Steven Pinker learned early that every intellectual needs an affectation. So he’s left his Spinoza-like hairdo – long, curly – unchanged since the 70s… [More]