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A Skeptic in the Heart of Science

“At the creative heart of science is a spirit of open-minded inquiry. Ideally science is a process, not a position or a belief system. Innovative science happens when scientists feel free to ask new...

EVOLUTIONARIES is on sale!

EVOLUTIONARIES went on sale this week! You can order it here. We launched the book with a wonderful party Tuesday night in New York City—great to share this moment with so many good friends and like...

What Does it Mean to Be Authentic?

One of the most interesting thinkers today regarding the nature of the self in relationship to our heavily mediated world is Thomas de Zengotita. He is a fascinating observer of how the evolution of m...

The New Frontier of Being Human

What does it mean to be human? That was the theme of San Francisco’s aptly named “Being Human” conference, held at the Palace of Fine Arts the last weekend in March. Convened by the Baumann Foun...

Seeing with Evolutionary Eyes

Time adds a new element to our picture of knowledge. We cannot just examine the way things are in this moment. In an evolving world, it is not enough to understand how things are; we also must conside...

A Mythic Day

Last week, my wife Ellen and I made a pilgrimage up through the California heartland, over Mt Shasta and into Oregon to a little town of about 20,000 known as Ashland.  In addition to being a cultura...

Science Says it’s Okay not to Be Nasty

I applaud the ongoing shift to seeing cooperation as being just as fundamental as competition when it comes to our evolutionary history. At the same time, I find it disconcerting that some feel we ne...

In Defense of the Generalist

Over the last decades there has been a growing sense that the critical role that a generalist plays in society is being forgotten, with dangerous consequences for culture. In discipline after discipli...

The Economist takes on God

I guess it’s good to have science looking into religion. Good knowledge can come of it no doubt, but jeez, sometimes the tools are so clunky that it feels like some form of investigative autism....

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