String theorist Edward Witten says consciousness “will remain a mystery”
“Gene doping” remains unlikely, but if scientists can safely boost athletic performance by manipulating genes, that should be cause for celebration
A televised debate over the limits of science raised a legitimate objection to the claim that there will be no more “fundamental” discoveries
Transhumanist candidate Zoltan Istvan urges spending less on war and more on the scientific quest to defeat death
Clinton should seek ways to end war, which devastates those she has worked so hard to help—children and women
A paleoanthropologist’s story about a famous fossil triggers a traumatic memory
The science of consciousness, far from converging on a sensible paradigm, is going backward
Even judged by his era’s standards, the actions of the slave-owning founding father fell too far short of his professed ideals.
Economist envisions a world run by digital “emulations” of humans
As more studies are called into question and researchers bicker over methodology, the field is showing a healthy willingness to face its problems
The easy availability of guns poses a much greater threat to Americans than terrorism does
“Terror Management” Theorist Sheldon Solomon Explains How Subliminal Fear of Death Can Affect Us on a Personal and Political Level.
Once again, Barack Obama, the world’s most powerful military leader, has propagated an erroneous claim about the origins of war
Is there a more urgent problem in the world today than war? And when I say “war” in this post, I mean also militarism, the culture of war, the armies, arms, industries, policies, plans, propaganda, prejudices, rationalizations that make lethal group conflict not only possible but also likely
The Pentagon hopes to generate more "disruptive" weapons technologies by pursuing closer ties with researchers in Silicon Valley and elsewhere
Book by science blogger inspires U.S. president to pursue peace plan with Russian leader
Cross-Check columns on war and related topics
Michael Shermer generously explains to occasional sparring partner how to bend spoons non-paranormally.
Debate over the goals and methods of capital-S Skepticism rages on
Skeptics react with hostility and gratitude to a critique of their movement