Contagions and Control Plucking Out the Heart
Damon Centola’s new book offers real insights into how ideas and behaviors can spread—but its implications for social control are ominous.
A Dismal Performance
Much like the Spanish Inquisition, no one expected the Great Recession. Why didn’t America’s highly paid economists have a clue? Will they ever get their act together?
Opera The Once and Future Macbeth
Verdi’s opera Macbeth showcases in thrilling music the crux of Shakespeare’s play: that humans have free will, and suffer the consequences.
Identity and Art The Mists of Scorsese’s Silence
The auteur’s latest offering, decades in the making, provides a meditative look at adventure, faith, cultural clashes, and redemption.
Science and Politics A Hard Future for a Soft Science
Behavioral economics, the science behind governmental “nudging” and studies disparaging conservatives, has run aground. It’s time to reform the field for the benefit of scientists and citizens alike.
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