1. For the Win

    If the actuality of human triumphs and tragedies overflowing the bounds of video games isn't enough to defeat claims that it's “not the real world,” then economics and politics will do the trick.

  2. The Emperor of All Maladies

    To fight cancer cells is to do battle with “more perfect versions of ourselves.”

  3. Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers

    The highest perfection contains just the right degree of imperfection.

  4. The Closing of the American Mind

    Convictions are forged in argument, values forged in conflict. If we act as if everyone is entitled not only to one's opinion, but entitled not to be challenged on it, then we deprive ourselves and each other of the possibility of forming real convictions and values.

  5. True Grit

    Even a 14 year-old girl can be a badass.

  6. The Persistence of Poverty

    Traditional thinking about what motivates the poor is precisely backwards.

  7. Within The Context of No Context

    We sign contracts with our attention, the terms of which we haven't read.

  8. A Week at the Airport

    Who we are at the airport is who we truly are.

  9. The Emperor's Handbook

    “Nothing outside the mind can disturb it.”

  10. Eating the Dinosaur

    As a species, we have never been less human than we are right now.

  11. The Windup Girl

    If our species doesn't survive, it will be because we didn't deserve to.

  12. When Corporations Rule the World

    Markets are useful, but perfectly free markets are unsustainable.

  13. The Architecture of Happiness

    Who and how we are depend in some measure on where we are.

  14. The Anthologist

    Pluck the day.

  15. How We Decide

    The brain is an argument.

  16. Guns, Germs, and Steel

    Europe's conquest of much of the world was due not to any innate superiority, but rather the region's disproportionate share of the world's grain and domesticable animal species, which supported a larger non-farming class of soldiers and engineers and turned the people themselves into biological weapons.

  17. True Enough

    Due to flaws in our perception and the money to be made by exploiting them, you have to work really hard to live in the real world nowadays, so most of us don't.

  18. The Consolations of Philosophy

    Philosophy can be practical and philosophers can be badasses.

  19. Mediated

    Life is a supermarket.

  20. Idiot America

    America has always had a healthy anti-intellectual streak, but making that fringe mainstream is proving disastrous.

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