A winter solstice ritual helps a faithless science writer appreciate life’s infinite improbability
Mental health has declined as prescriptions for antidepressants and other drugs keep surging
Life might have a divinely imposed meaning, but we’re better off assuming it doesn’t
In a Q&A, Priyamvada Natarajan takes multiverses seriously but not cosmos-as-simulation idea
A science writer urges the President-elect to make world peace his number-one mission.
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
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.”