May 3, 2015Religions have survived and thrived because of a deep understanding of our human nature. The secular world should not abandon that wisdom because of a minor quibble over the definition of a soul.
April 19, 2015Might catastrophe be used as a form of population control?
April 7, 2015When civilizations collapse from environmental degradation, it's often because they're unable to reconcile their values with those required for adaptation.
April 5, 2015Like technology today, medicine is great at optimizing for simple, narrow goals, but human beings need more.
March 24, 2015With philosophical and theological intrigue, a critique of late capitalism, and a badass female protagonist, Max Gladstone’s debut is unlike any fantasy novel I’ve ever read, and in all the right ways.
February 27, 2015Power is a game of options.
February 18, 2015Life is too important not to experiment on.
January 19, 2015We must waste what little time we can with all our heart.
December 30, 2014Is citizenship really priceless?
November 23, 2014Societies and individuals obey different, sometimes conflicting, moral systems.
November 4, 2014Privilege is less about perks you receive than about problems you don't have.
September 1, 2014Sometimes, it is better to be influential than powerful.
August 14, 2014We’re naturally poor judges of probability. Correcting our flawed intuitions about chance would leave us feeling less guilty, more grateful, and generally happier.
July 31, 2014Information wants to be promiscuous.
July 15, 2014A lot has changed since humans first settled down, but some basic things about who and what we are have not.
July 4, 2014For many returning from war, they might as well be returning to another planet.
June 15, 2014The language we use to talk about politics works unconsciously to make up our minds for us.
June 13, 2014The future will be a lot like the present, only more.
May 31, 2014Good fiction can transport you from your own time and place; better fiction can dislodge you from your own culture, as well.
May 8, 2014A literal new perspective can lead us to a figurative one.
May 6, 2014On the occasion of my 28th birthday.
March 6, 2014“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
March 3, 2014In debates over whether or not we should have the freedom to choose something, we suffer from forgetting that there's a third option: the freedom from having to choose.
December 31, 2013When a system persists despite repeated failure at its stated purpose, look at what it actually succeeds in doing to understand why it's allowed to endure.
December 19, 2013You can learn a lot from what makes you uncomfortable, if you can just get over that discomfort.