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neuroscience | Dec 13th, 2010

Jonah Lehrer: What's Wrong With The Scientific Method?

The scientific method is supposed to be one of life’s givens — an unassailable truth, like death and taxes. But just how perfect is it? In last week’s New Yorker, Jonah Lehrer wrote about troubling flaws in the scientific method, focusing on something called The Decline Effect. A number of... Continue Reading →
honors | Dec 12th, 2010

Daron Acemoglu is the 88th Most Influential Thinker on the Planet

MIT economist Daron Acemoglu has been named to Foreign Policy’s list of 100 Global Thinkers, for “showing that freedom is about more than markets.” In their write-up, the FP editors stop just short of saying he will one day win a Nobel — a not unlikely outcome given that he’s already won the John... Continue Reading →
novels | Dec 9th, 2010

Chuck Klosterman Calls Jonathan Franzen the Most (the Only) Important Living Novelist in America

Chuck Klosterman may be the most underrated profile writer in America. (Though maybe he’s properly rated.) Regardless, here’s another winner: a GQ profile of Jonathan Franzen that, like most of his writing, slowly expands to include a plethora of other subjects, including what it feels like to live... Continue Reading →
technology | Dec 9th, 2010

Why The Net Matters: David Eagleman Releases Latest Book as iPad App

Non-fiction fans, you knew this day was coming. And now it’s here. David Eagleman — novelist, neuroscientist, and Lavin speaker — has written his new book, Why the Net Matters: How the Internet Will Save Civilization, as an iPad-only app. Mind-blowing video demo above. Continue Reading →
kwame anthony appiah: | Dec 9th, 2010

Kwame Anthony Appiah: "Why I Nominated Liu Xiaobo"

In Oslo today, the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to writer Liu Xiaobo, who was unable to attend the ceremonies due to his ongoing imprisonment by the Chinese government. An empty chair sat on stage, pointedly, representing his absence. Below is an excerpt from a much-circulated letter that... Continue Reading →
neuroscience | Dec 8th, 2010

Steven Pinker Has His Genome Sequenced, Writes One of 2010's Best Essays

Would you bare your soul for science? Steven Pinker did. Literally. As part of a wide-ranging story on consumer genetics that he wrote for The New York Times Magazine, Pinker allowed his genome to be sequenced — with the results later posted on the Internet! A Harvard psychologist and Lavin keynote... Continue Reading →
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