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Obama and Putin Agree to Seek End of War

Obama and Putin Agree to Seek End of War

Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama have agreed to a plan to end war, according to a recording of a conversation between the two Presidents recently made available to “Cross-check” by the hacker collective Anonymous...

April 1, 2014 — John Horgan
Cool Sh*t I’ve Read Lately

Cool Sh*t I’ve Read Lately

I get tired, now and then, of being such a sourpuss–a Debbie Downer, as my girlfriend calls me, always complaining about something. The wrongness of drone strikes and neuro-weapons research, the downside of psychiatric drugs and tests for cancer, hype about optogenetics and deep brain stimulation and theories of cosmic creation...

March 28, 2014 — John Horgan

Why I Still Doubt Inflation, in Spite of Gravitational Wave Findings

I hoped I was wrong about inflation. For decades I’ve been bashing this theory of cosmic creation, lumping it together with strings, multiverses (which inflation has helped popularize) and other highly speculative propositions sprung from theorists’ fecund minds...

March 17, 2014 — John Horgan

Did Sherlock Holmes Believe in God?

I’ve become, belatedly, a Sherlock Holmes groupie. I dig the BBC series Sherlock, starring the suddenly ubiquitous Benedict Cumberbatch, and the American series Elementary (which I prefer–Lucy Liu is the best Watson ever)...

March 3, 2014 — John Horgan
U.S. Lacks Moral Authority to Criticize Russia for Intervening in Ukraine*

U.S. Lacks Moral Authority to Criticize Russia for Intervening in Ukraine

Once again, the United States government is chastising another nation for resorting to military force to solve a problem. The New York Times reports today that Russian troops, acting on orders of President Vladimir Putin, have swept into the Crimea region of Ukraine after a popular uprising led to the ouster of a pro-Russian government [...]..

March 2, 2014 — John Horgan
New Book Cuts Through Fog of Hype Cloaking Cyberwar

New Book Cuts Through Fog of Hype Cloaking Cyberwar

I am a cyberwar skeptic. When U.S. officials and defense contractors warn of the looming threat of cyberattacks from China, Iran and terrorist groups, my bullshit detector lights up.

February 4, 2014 — John Horgan

How College Labs Might Sow Seeds of Science’s Replication Crisis

Could science’s replication crisis stem in part from how students are taught to perform experiments in college? That’s my suspicion after discussing the issue with students taking Introduction to Science Communication, a course I’m teaching for the first time at Stevens Institute of Technology...

January 27, 2014 — John Horgan

End-of-Science Meme Infects Edge Website! Again!

In 1997 the science agent and impresario John Brockman orchestrated a debate about my book The End of Science on his website,, a forum where eggheadslet’s call them Edgeheads–chitchat about science-related stuff...

January 17, 2014 — John Horgan
Farewell to Zach, My Favorite Monster

Farewell to Zach, My Favorite Monster

Yesterday, I wrote about science’s inability to explain the attraction some women feel for monsters. Fictional monsters. After posting, I learned that a real-life monster with whom I had an intense, long-term relationship just died...

January 8, 2014 — John Horgan
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