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Steven Pinker’s favorite books
include title by Gamow, Dawkins, Deutsch, and his wife

Sean Carroll’s correctives to Jordan Peterson’s fandom

Cleaning your room is good; using pseudo-intellectual babble about archetypes to identify culture with masculinity is…

Posted by Sean M. Carroll on Monday, March 19, 2018

(with links to three essays about Peterson)

Why Earth’s History Appears So Miraculous: The strange, cosmic reason our evolutionary path will look ever luckier the longer we survive

Paul Giamatti and Stephen Colbert talk obscure science fiction

At Yale, we conducted an experiment to turn conservatives into liberals. The results say a lot about our political divisions.

For example, over a decade now of research in political psychology consistently shows that how physically threatened or fearful a person feels is a key factor — although clearly not the only one — in whether he or she holds conservative or liberal attitudes.

David Brin on the Basic Human Dilemma

Harper’s: Crowley reviews Le Guin

The Whole Household of Man

Video showing the full rotation of the moon, on Brian Cox’s page

None of this really happened – some perspective on historical and religious myths

None of This Really Happened

Why even intelligence doesn’t necessarily protect you from delusional beliefs

WSJ: Steven Pinker on the Enlightenment (a gloss on his new book)

LA Times: the rationales of flat earthers

Why are conservatives more susceptible to believing lies?

The answer is 63

Baptist News: the death of Christianity in the US

The death of Christianity in the U.S.

Aeon: The good guy/bad guy myth: Pop culture today is obsessed with the battle between good and evil. Traditional folktales never were. What changed?

David McRaney on fake news (via Geoffrey A. Landis Fb post)


Posted by Geoffrey A. Landis on Friday, January 26, 2018

Science fiction for economists
novels by Vinge, Doctorow, Le Guin, Stross, Niven/Pournelle, Bacigalupi, Heinlein, Sterling, Egan, Stephenson, Martin, Atwood, Effinger, Brunner

Richard Feynman quote

The immensity of the universe

How the religious right wins converts, to atheism

Here are 8 ways the religious right wins converts – to atheism

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