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Chimp Violence Fails to Support Deep-Roots Theory of War

On this blog, in my book The End of War and elsewhere (see Further Reading and Viewing), I have knocked the deep roots theory of war, which holds that war stems from an instinct deeply embedded in the genes of our male ancestors...

September 17, 2014 — John Horgan
Cool Sh*t I’ve Been Reading This Summer

Cool Sh*t I’ve Been Reading This Summer

I’m on vacation, in an island paradise, and I’m sorely tempted to skip my end-of-the-month “Cool Sh*t” post. I want to just hang out on the beach and watch the waves roll in...

July 31, 2014 — John Horgan

Technology Historian Crushes Internet Myths

As readers of this blog know, since 2005 I’ve been teaching at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. One of the best parts of being an academic is hanging out with cool (compared to me), young (compared to me), up-and-coming scholars, some of whom know far more about the history of science and [...]..

July 1, 2014 — John Horgan
More Cool Sh*t I’ve Read—and Seen—Lately

More Cool Sh*t I’ve Read—and Seen—Lately

This is the fourth installment of my monthly feature "Cool Sh*t I've Read Lately,” in which I draw attention to, um, cool stuff. (Here are columns one, two and three.) Breakthrough Journal...

June 26, 2014 — John Horgan
My Ayahuasca Trip

My Ayahuasca Trip

Ayahuasca—a foul-tasting hallucinogenic tea that can induce violent nausea and terrifying visions—is becoming trendy. A recent article in the “Fashion & Style” section of The New York Times notes that many people—including celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan and Sting—have turned to ayahuasca as a “catalyst for inner growth.” Ayahuasca is fascinating, for many reasons...

June 15, 2014 — John Horgan
So Far, Big Data Is Small Potatoes

So Far, Big Data Is Small Potatoes

Is Big Data going to revolutionize science and help us make a better world? Not based on what it’s done so far. Let me back up a moment.

June 9, 2014 — John Horgan

Talking Death with the Late Psychedelic Chemist Sasha Shulgin

Alexander Shulgin, the most prolific psychedelic chemist in history, has died at the age of 88. I interviewed Shulgin and his wife and co-researcher Ann at their home in California in 1999, when I was researching my 2003 book Rational Mysticism...

June 4, 2014 — John Horgan
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