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Brainism: Understanding Our Recent Obsession With Stress and the Mind

What kind of worldview is lurking in all the chatter about neuroscience?

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Guide to a Sizzling Planet

Not everyone is a pessimist when it comes to predicting the impact of climate change. Too bad the optimists aren’t nearly as convincing.

The Casino Pier Star Jet roller coaster submerged in the sea on January 13, 2013 in Seaside Heights, NJ. (PHOTO: GLYNNIS JONES/SHUTTERSTOCK)

Red Science, Blue Science

The conservative war on science is an old trope, but apparently liberals have opened up a second front.

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False Clarity, Authentic Confusion

An American strategist’s broadside pales beside a stunning account of how ordinary Chinese grapple with the enigma of their own country.

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Book Review: Helping, or Harming, in Haiti?

A new book analyzes the successes and failures of the Haitian earthquake relief effort and offers some lessons for future well-meaning humanitarian interventions.

Book Reviews: How the Wealth Gap Damages Democracy

Two new books explain the rise of economic inequality, and suggestthe rich are different than you or me: they have more political influence.

The Dictator’s Learning Curve: David and Goliath Tales for Our Times

William J. Dobson’s The Dictator’s Learning Curve is an invaluable look at how strongmen hold onto power, and continue to repress their people—but it’s also a primer for how to chuck those dictators out.

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Book Review: Practical Ways to Become More Creative

In Innovation Generation, Roberta Ness presents a blueprint for scientists and others who are striving to be more creative.

College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be

Jim Sleeper, a lecturer in political science at Yale, reviews Andrew Delbanco’s book about what an undergraduate education should be.

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Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

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