My main nerd crush, Oxford practical ethicist Julian Savulescu, posits an interesting theory of elite sport:
It is a mistake to draw the conclusion that genetic factors are not important in sporting performance from the fact that science has not so far identified genetic contributors to sporting performance. Our understanding of our own biology […]
Tracy Clark-Flory culminates her amazing series on monogamy and concludes something those in functioning relationships may have already figured out. Exclusivity is far less important than honesty and trust.
Many fear that if we stray from the monogamous standard, ultimately we will all give in to our baser desires and civilization will crumble into […]
Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish is compiling a list of words with no English equivalent inspired by this mental floss list. My favorite two from the list are in the title. I added grok because, well, it’s the word that explains the ability to truly grasp the meaning of all the others.
Alyssa Rosenberg highlights an issue I’ve discussed here before: non-humans allow a barrier of safety for our minds to explore controversial or previously unacceptable ideas:
But I wonder if we might have more day-to-day depictions of genuinely working-class and poor characters if those characters weren’t always human. Obviously, the aliens inDistrict 9 are a metaphor […]
Mark Oppenheimer has a beautifully wrought article on Dan Savage. He covers the It Gets Better project, as well as Savage’s cultural Catholicism and his non-monogamous marriage. A great passage about how our culture might be trapping us caught my eye:
If you believe Savage, there is strong precedent, in other times and in other cultures, […]
A Swedish school does its best to keep kids gender neutral as long as possible. From the CBS article:
[School Director Lotta] Rajalin, 52, says the staff also try to help the children discover new ideas when they play.
“A concrete example could be when they’re playing ‘house’ and the role of the mom […]
Apparently watching “16 and Pregnant” is an awesome form of abortion prevention. Double X’s Jessica Grose covers a new survey “The Millennials, Religion and Abortion” and how the newest generation thinks:
In addition to asking their subjects the usual questions (religious affiliation, race, etc.) the researchers turned up four more novel factors that they […]
Tyler Cowen explains the massive benefits of driverless cars and asks why we aren’t clamoring for them:
This isn’t a column about driverless cars at all. It’s about our ambivalent attitudes toward major innovations. It’s also about how the true costs of regulation are often hidden. A lot of potentially good innovations never even […]
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