“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
A science journalist takes a skeptical look at capital-S Skepticism
On his last day at a consciousness conference, a reporter spots a white rabbit and discovers the solution to the mind–body problem
A reporter struggles with derealization and paranormal claims at a consciousness conference in Tucson
A reporter travels to a legendary conference in Tucson, Ariz., seeking insights into the deepest of all mysteries
A reporter ponders free will and struggles with quantum incoherence at a consciousness conference in Tucson
Researchers take steps to maximize benefits and minimize risks of psychedelic therapy for cancer patients
Legendary 1994 meeting featured neural, quantum, chaotic and information-based theories of consciousness, and so does 2016 meeting.
Quantum-computer whiz riffs on simulated universes, the Singularity, unified theories, P/NP, the mind-body problem, free will, why there’s something rather than nothing, and more.
“Cross-check” columns on psychedelic drugs, mystical experiences and related topics.
Technological innovation, which is worshipped in modern culture, can do more harm than good.
An analysis of skeletons reveals that violence was rare among hunter–gatherers in prehistoric Japan