A Political and Literary Forum
A recent government report gave UFOs a rebrand, but so many basic questions remain unanswered.
Justice demands that we think not just about profit or performance, but above all about purpose.
Billionaires such as Musk, Bezos, and Branson peddle the idea that space represents a public hope, all the while reaping big private profits.
Seventy years after the civil preparedness film Duck and Cover, it is long past time to reckon with the way white supremacy shaped U.S. nuclear defense efforts during the Cold War.
Erica X Eisen
Recent efforts to commemorate Laura Bassi—a pioneering physicist in eighteenth-century Italy—often say more about us than the world of women in science.
AI can be used to increase human productivity, create jobs and shared prosperity, and protect and bolster democratic freedoms—but only if we modify our approach.
Studying the social world requires more than deference to data. In some cases, it may even require that we reject findings—no matter the prestige or sophistication of the technical apparatus on which they are built.
Its authority derives not from unbiased experts but from the institutions and norms that structure their work.
Gregory E. Kaebnick
The more someone knows about us, the more they can influence us. We can wield democratic power only if our privacy is protected.
Labelle's Sun Ra tribute concert shows how Black women artists and scientists have often been at the vanguard of their disciplines—though most are still awaiting due recognition.
As more and more doctors awaken to the political determinants of health, the U.S. medical profession needs a deeper vision for the ethical meanings of care.
Philosopher Karl Popper famously asked how to tell the two apart. His answer—falsifiability—hasn’t aged well, but the effort lives on.
Michael D. Gordin
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