Identity and Politics
A Tale of Two Protests

Why police protests in cities like Minneapolis and Portland have been so violent, while ones in cities like Detroit and Baltimore have been relatively peaceful.

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Certain Truths in Uncertain Times
To Beat COVID-19, Science Needs the Humanities

Right now, the scientists and public health authorities are running the show, as they should. Yet the humanities can reveal to them some traps they might do well to avoid.

COVID-19
Doctors and the Danger of Rule-Dependency

In medicine, there’s often a temptation to rely on neat rules and tidy algorithms. That temptation can be deadly, especially when treating the novel coronavirus.

Expert Advice
Diagnosing America’s Pandemic Response

How mental habits and ideology may have led government officials astray in the early days of the outbreak.

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COVID-19
A Short-Term Fix for the Ventilator Shortage

An anesthesiologist’s take on the looming crisis in America’s hospitals.

Social Triage
A More Sustainable Pandemic Strategy

A closer look at the influential Imperial College study reveals not only some potential flaws in its assumptions but also solid grounds to hope that there is a way to revive economic life after the coronavirus infections peaks.

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Age of Upheavals
Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Managerial Class

AI is a creature of capitalism, and it will upend our politics. Third in a series on AI—read the first, on how we could lose our minds to AI, here and the second, on a new Turing Test for the 21st century, here.

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Unhealthy Obsessions
Will Artificial Intelligence Replace Your Doctor?

An anesthesiologist argues that the quest for “perfect” artificial intelligence is not just futile, but also dangerous. Second in a series on AI—read the first here.

Grace Dworkin
The Center Can Hold
Driven to the Edge

How capitalism pushes people to political extremes, and how we might save it while rebuilding the center.

Grace Dworkin
Cannabis vs. Nicotine
Neuroscience Culture and the Sins of Vaping

Why do public health and scientific establishments disdain tobacco and vaping, but cannabis gets a pass? The answer reveals hidden assumptions behind the neuroscientific approach to life.

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