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The Chomsky Puzzle: Piecing Together a Celebrity Scientist

Two new books try to take down the father of modern linguistics. Is this any way to treat an intellectual icon?

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The Insidious Imps of Writing

To outwit them, you've got to hypnotize yourself, shaking off the shackles of everyday routine.

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Casting Into the Unknown

What can fly-fishing teach us about theoretical physics? More than you might guess.

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Peter Singer on Robots, Kidneys, and Changing Lives

The controversial philosopher discusses ethics, challenging students, and the importance of surfing.

 

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Who Needs Historians?

Historians can serve a useful political role — but at what cost?

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Holding On to What Makes Us Human

Defending the humanities in a skills-obsessed university.

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What if Addiction Is Not a Disease?

A longstanding debate hampers progress in treatment, but a new research model holds promise.

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How to Win an Academic Argument

They don’t move mountains, they move minds. And the making of the arguments is its own reward.

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What Rankings Have Wrought

Sociologists describe a field under the tyranny of U.S. News surveys.

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'Junkie' in the Joint

An audience of inmates reads William Burroughs's dark novel.

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The Vanishing Big Thinker

Scholars have come to value academic progress over public benefit.

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‘Trump Syllabus’ Ignores Race, Xenophobia

A contributor to the "Trump Syllabus" voices her disapproval of the project.

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Police Violence, Out of Context

What a recent high-profile study about police shootings got wrong.

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Why Social Science Risks Irrelevance

The privilege to pursue knowledge carries a responsibility to share it with the world.

 

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The Nazi Rorschach Tests

What did the researchers who interviewed Nazi leaders in prison, after World War II, conclude?

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The False Promise of a ‘Conversation’ About Race

It’s time to give up on the idea that words alone will make a real difference.

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In Praise of Speculative History

New conjectural works share a project: to broaden the scope of historical understanding beyond the thin span of written records.

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I Read It at the Movies

The film Genius offers a peek into the bruising relationship between editors and authors.

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Take Your Time

The corporate university steals it — let’s grab it back.

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The New McCarthyism

Why another academic witch hunt could take off.

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You Probably Won't Get Tenure. Get Your Ph.D. Anyway.

The one broadly marketable skill a humanist might acquire in graduate school is the ability to teach.

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The Flaw at the Heart of Psychological Research

The nature of the discipline makes statistics create headaches.

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The Ghost (Writer) in the Machine

Who wrote the first novel on a word processor, and what is the future of writing technology?