Oliver Burkeman explores human nature, violence, feminism, and religion with one of the world’s most controversial cognitive scientists. Can he dent Steven Pinker’s optimism?
March 7, 2014 • 12:00 PM • Share
From babies’ tantrums to labor strikes to guerrilla wars to global terrorism, there may be one simple math equation, a power law, that benchmarks them all. Better yet, it may allow us to predict these confrontations’ future.
December 13, 2013 • 3:37 PM • Share
Once again we’re reminded that it’s not just those who choose to put themselves in harm’s way who die during a war.
November 29, 2013 • 7:14 PM • Share
What you need to know about Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure, Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much, and War Play: Video Games and the Future of Armed Conflict.
September 6, 2013 • 6:00 AM • Share
The actor’s recent stunt in Cardiff, in which he admonished celebrity photographers for not capturing “something important,” suggests a misplaced faith in photography.
August 22, 2013 • 6:00 AM • Share
President Obama has repeatedly said the U.S. is targeting Al Qaeda and “associated forces.” But the government won’t say who those forces are.
July 30, 2013 • 12:00 PM • Share
It was a dark time in a long, drawn-out war. Afghanistan was festering with resentment. The Pentagon brass were desperate. It was the kind of last-ditch moment when authorities start throwing an era’s weirdest ideas at its most hopeless bureaucratic mistakes.
July 1, 2013 • 6:00 AM • Share
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