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…
(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
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
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?
Baptist News: the death of Christianity in the US
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)
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
I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned. pic.twitter.com/6bIQlT32zf
— Richard Feynman (@ProfFeynman) January 1, 2018
The immensity of the universe
How the religious right wins converts, to atheism