The Information War Is On. Are We Ready For It?

The Information War Is On. Are We Ready For It?

On August 1, 2 018, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence accommodated a public hearing asking experts to witness on how foreign actors have used–and are using–social media to meddle in the American political process. The question of whether Russian...
Sam Harris and the Myth of Perfectly Rational Thought

Sam Harris and the Myth of Perfectly Rational Thought

Sam Harris, one of the original members of the group dubbed the “New Atheists” (by Wired!) 12 years ago, says he doesn’t like tribalism. During his recent, much-discussed debate with Vox founder Ezra Klein about race and IQ, Harris declared that tribalism “is a...
Mark Zuckerberg Plays the Scapegoat for Our Facebook Sins

Mark Zuckerberg Plays the Scapegoat for Our Facebook Sins

There isn’t much in the way of serious ideology underpinning Silicon Valley’s toils. It’s a nature of doers not philosophers, and the thin patina of Medium “thought pieces” written by “thinkfluencers” wears off with the mildest academic rubbing. One possible objection...
What Are Screens Doing to Our Eyesand Our Ability to See?

What Are Screens Doing to Our Eyesand Our Ability to See?

The eyes are unwell. Their childhood suppleness is lost. The lenses, as we log hours on this earth, thicken, stiffen, even calcify. The eyes are no longer windows on souls. They’re closer to teeth. To see if your own eyes are hardening, look no further than your...
The Paradox of Universal Basic Income

The Paradox of Universal Basic Income

On December 15, 2017, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, issued a damning report on his visit to the United States. He cited data from the Stanford Center on Inequality and Poverty, which reports that “in terms of...