Hayek on Mill

When Friedrich Hayek became obsessed with John Stuart Mill, it wasn’t Mill’s intellect that captivated Hayek. It was his love life…
When Friedrich Hayek became obsessed with John Stuart Mill, it wasn’t Mill’s intellect that captivated Hayek. It was his love life… [More]

Humans and human evolution

Humans are changing the planet, maybe changing evolution as well. That notion is fascinating, far-reaching, and almost certainly nonsense…
Humans are changing the planet, maybe changing evolution as well. That notion is fascinating, far-reaching, and almost certainly nonsense… [More]

Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland

Lewis Carroll, obsessed by young girls, photographed them dressed as princesses, or beggars, or naked. How to discern between playful and predatory?…
Lewis Carroll, obsessed by young girls, photographed them dressed as princesses, or beggars, or naked. How to discern between playful and predatory?… [More]

Intellectual origins of evolution

Alfred Russel Wallace and his notebook traveled some 14,000 miles, accumulating evidence of natural selection. Does Darwin get too much credit?…
Alfred Russel Wallace and his notebook traveled some 14,000 miles, accumulating evidence of natural selection. Does Darwin get too much credit?… [More]

Taming of Tech Criticism

Pity technology critics. Their arguments are empty and vain. We need less technology criticism and more political and social criticism…
Pity technology critics. Their arguments are empty and vain. We need less technology criticism and more political and social criticism… [More]

Black Power Revisionism

The black power movement’s reputation has been burnished by a rising tide of revisionism. But are these works of exacting scholarship?…
The black power movement’s reputation has been burnished by a rising tide of revisionism. But are these works of exacting scholarship?… [More]

John Gray and A.C. Grayling

A tale of two philosophers. One upbeat, the other gloomy; one a torchbearer for progress, the other a skeptic. But both quite fond of the limelight…
A tale of two philosophers. One upbeat, the other gloomy; one a torchbearer for progress, the other a skeptic. But both quite fond of the limelight… [More]

Beckett in Love

Fail until you fail completely. Mow grass that does not need mowing. Dig holes. The free advice and deadpan humor of Samuel Beckett…
Fail until you fail completely. Mow grass that does not need mowing. Dig holes. The free advice and deadpan humor of Samuel Beckett… [More]

Life of Mark Twain

Mark Twain, 31, got a newspaper to pay for a luxury cruise to Europe. The problem? Almost everyone on the ship was also a journalist…
Mark Twain, 31, got a newspaper to pay for a luxury cruise to Europe. The problem? Almost everyone on the ship was also a journalist… [More]

Art of not letting go

We live in an injury culture. That’s not cynicism, it’s fact. Pain is a fount of creative inspiration. And self-indulgence..
We live in an injury culture. That’s not cynicism, it’s fact. Pain is a fount of creative inspiration. And self-indulgence.. [More]