- The Nature of Economies
Human economies are natural processes like any other, so we should look to nature for the principles that govern the economies that govern our lives.
- The Omnivore’s Dilemma
What should we eat?
- The Prodigal God
If you are saved not by works but by grace, then you shouldn't fault others for not living up to your works.
- Life, Inc.
The ground rules of our society—which we largely take for granted as natural, neutral, and immutable—in fact came out of specific historical moments to serve particular agendas.
- Bad Thoughts for a Better Life
Three techniques for harnessing bad thoughts into the service of better emotional hygiene
On the occasion of my birthday once more, and limits
Are we ever justified in lying?
- How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
If you could go back in time, you'd be the same schmuck you've always been, only younger.
- The Most Human Human
Trying to make computers pass as human can tell us a good bit about what it means to be human in the first place.
- You Are Not a Gadget
All technologies have an implicit model of what a user is, and the more we use them, the less we can help living up to however much or little they expect of us.
- The Checklist Manifesto
A good checklist can change the world.
- The Outlaw Sea
In a world that's never before been so civilized, there remains something deeply wild about the sea.
- What Technology Wants
We can better understand and orient ourselves to technology if we consider it a living thing.
- Nothing to Envy
When you escape North Korea, many hardships are over, but many more are just beginning.
- Snow Crash
Everything is a virus.
- For Whom the Bell Tolls
The virtue of a goal is not to be found as much in its accomplishment as in the direction and meaning it can give a life.
- Samurai William
How William Adams became the first caucasian samurai.
- The Great Gatsby
People can do awful things to get what they want, and they may still turn out worse for getting it.
- War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning
War is a narcotic for societies.
- The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
Not all neurological conditions are deficits; some heighten their bearers' brain function in ways beyond our capacity to easily recognize.