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neuroscience | Jan 11th, 2012

The Fragile Teenage Brain: Jonah Lehrer on Concussions in Sports

In a recent Grantland article, neuroscience speaker Jonah Lehrer looks at one of the most wrenching issues in modern sports: concussions. Only recently has the severity of sports-related brain injuries been brought to public attention, illuminated by, among other things, advances in neuroscience.... Continue Reading →
the internet | Jan 10th, 2012

With Sue Gardner at the Helm, Wikipedia Keeps Growing and Growing

This week, Wikipedia announced that it had reached its fundraising goal of $20 million dollars (it takes $29.5 million to run the operation) in a mere 46 days. It's no small feat—and would have been impossible without Sue Gardner in charge. Gardner heads the Wikimedia Foundation (which oversees... Continue Reading →
foreign affairs | Jan 9th, 2012

Hooman Majd: Another View on Sanctions Against Iran

UPDATE: Hooman Majd talked to Foreign Policy about the impact of Iranian sactions on their society. Watch the video HERE. In a recent NPR interview, Hooman Majd discussed the effects of new economic sanctions on regular Iranian citizens. A frequent visitor to Iran and the author, most recently, of... Continue Reading →
social media | Jan 8th, 2012

Alex Samuel: Ten Reasons to Stop Apologizing for Your Online Life

In her forceful and at times highly personal talk at TEDx Victoria, Alexandra Samuel spoke on the importance of online life, which is too often—and too easily—discredited as not being "real." We have even created an acronym (I.R.L.: "In Real Life") to further separate our offline selves from our... Continue Reading →
human nature | Jan 5th, 2012

Steven Pinker: The Better Angels of Our Nature and Advances in Gay Rights

In his new masterwork, The Better Angels of Our Nature, Steven Pinker argues that we may be living in the most peaceful era of human history. Though the book is ostensibly about the decline in violence worldwide, a review in Xtra! points to the significance that Pinker’s work has for gay rights: “In... Continue Reading →
science | Jan 4th, 2012

The New York Times Interviews Laurie Garrett: What to Do About Man-Made Bird-Flu?

In a New York Times interview, Laurie Garrett discusses the ethics behind the recent scientific creation of a form of the bird flu virus, and whether or not the findings should be published. As the only person to win the three "P's" of journalism—the Pulitzer, the Polk and the Peabody—Garett is one... Continue Reading →
sustainability | Jan 3rd, 2012

Alex Steffen: Want to Save the Global Economy? Build Green Cities

In a recent article for Foreign Policy's Economy Issue, Worldchanging founder Alex Steffen makes an impassioned case for green urban development as the remedy for a sagging global economy. The concept that reducing emissions and protecting the climate hampers economic development is an outdated... Continue Reading →
new book | Jan 2nd, 2012

In a Massive New Book, E.O. Wilson Says Groups Drive Human Evolution

E.O. Wilson is adding to his already astonishing body of award-winning work this April. Wilson's new book, The Social Conquest of Earth, promises to offer more of the big ideas that have made him a legend among his peers and a sought-after speaker around the world. In Conquest, Wilson focuses on how... Continue Reading →
waning wars | Dec 27th, 2011

Steven Pinker and Joshua Goldstein: War Really is Going Out of Style

In “War Really is Going Out of Style,” their bluntly titled and persuasively argued New York Times Op-Ed, Steven Pinker and Joshua Goldstein write that war is simply not part of the human condition and suggest that, as a species, we are moving away from armed conflict. “The invasion of Iraq was the... Continue Reading →
science | Dec 20th, 2011

Alan Lightman's The Accidental Universe is One of the Best Essays of 2011

Scientist and novelist Alan Lightman’s "The Accidental Universe", an article published in Harper's this month, has just been chosen by the Sidney Awards as one of the best magazine essays of 2011. David Brooks, in his New York Times column, wrote of all the Sidney essays:  “Anybody interested in... Continue Reading →
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