In a 2010 speech Gen. James Mattis, Trump's choice for defense secretary, bashed al Qaeda and Russia but urged more “pragmatic,” “nuanced” military policies
In a 1990 interview the renowned iconoclast knocked The New York Times, evolutionary psychology, human cognitive capacities and his own talent as a linguist
Critics have bashed linguist Noam Chomsky for more than 50 years, but his claim that language is innate endures
Prominent scientists exaggerate the violence of Native Americans, whom European invaders ravaged.
For decades, political scientist Gene Sharp has promoted nonviolent strategies for countering oppression
Can a psychedelic theology explain Trump’s ascendance?
In spite of occasional backward lurches, like Trump's election, humanity should keep getting healthier, wealthier, more peaceful and more free.
Prominent scientists are propagating new versions of the old idea that reality revolves around us
The field of “scientific theology” ponders the ultimate purpose of mind
Feyerabend, who defended astrology and creationism, denied that he was antiscience
An artificial reporter might not take concerns about superintelligent, sentient machines very seriously
Was the Spiritual Leader Andrew Cohen enlightened or a “Super-egomaniac”?
Study contradicts claim that humans prior to civilization were “plagued by war.”
A new study challenges the popular claim that lethal violence declined after our ancestors settled down
Has the holistic-health mogul overstated the health benefits of meditation and other spiritual practices?
A skeptical science writer critiques strings, multiverses, meditation, the Singularity and “neo-geocentrism.”
An afternoon journey triggers ruminations on heat death, habituation and invisible gorillas
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