In Defense of Ugly Children
In Defense of Ugly Children

Pronatalists promise a dystopia where the strong prevail and the weak do customer service.

Chris R. Morgan
Desire Crisis
Desire Crisis

Many in our digitized world are in mourning for the illusion of difference and separateness that an earlier existence allowed us to experience.

Aimee Walleston
A Revolution Without Guns?
A Revolution Without Guns?

From Buenos Aires, Martín Borchardt has launched a quiet and effective revolution.

Javier Ortega-Araiza
Self-Adoption and the Communal Computer
Self-Adoption and the Communal Computer

Shrinking a computer to fit into everyone's pocket was the first step toward ending the world.

Mason Andrus
Border Conflict
Border Conflict

Borderline personality disorder is both a media construct and a diagnostic No Man’s Land.

Kerry Ridgway
Digital Calories
Digital Calories

Software developers keep dishing out apps rife with salts and sugars. Who will serve us wine instead?

Pablo Peniche
Designs for Mercy
Designs for Mercy

Against the synthetic industriousness of modern building, Christopher Alexander advocated for slow and patient attention, for stillness and care.

David Schaengold
Screaming Match
Screaming Match

Making sense of a moment where noise is televised, digitized, and auto-tuned, and silence is an oppressive luxury.

atroberts
Sliding into Pavlov’s DMs
Sliding into Pavlov’s DMs

Learning models can help explain why people are replacing face-to-face interactions with screens.

Mason Andrus
Bad Brains
Bad Brains

A scandal involving years of fabricated Alzheimer's research and millions in grant money has placed academic practice under a microscope.

Chris Stokel-Walker
Writing Downstream
Writing Downstream

Jim Harrison embodied a type of author long thought extinct: an adventurer who sought out confrontation with the elements.

Alex Perez
Are You Paying Attention?
Are You Paying Attention?

Whether difference or disorder, ADHD is the psychological marrow of the information age.

Matthew Belsky
The Fat of the Land
The Fat of the Land

A Twitter collective of "mad scientists" want to solve the obesity epidemic.

Katherine Dee
Up From Bimboism
Up From Bimboism

Feminism under the iron law of vibe shifts and the mandatory fun of online irony.

Chris R. Morgan
The Incel Galaxy
The Incel Galaxy

Naama Kates's podcast, Incel, says you're wrong about the internet's most hated subculture.

Katherine Dee
The Object in Conflict
The Object in Conflict

Objects come to life when they’re wielded in cultural warring.

Aimee Walleston
Atoms to Atoms, Dust to Dust
Atoms to Atoms, Dust to Dust

Nuclear energy is not utopian. But it is clean, powerful, and held back by an environmentalism that predates the climate crisis.

Jordan McGillis
Where to Live
Where to Live

What matters more than finding the most perfect location is what you do when you get there.

Simon Sarris
Endemic Pathogens are Making You Crazy and Then Killing You
Endemic Pathogens are Making You Crazy and Then Killing You

Nobody warned you about them, but they're destroying your mind and they're everywhere.

Riva Tez
Producing Culture
Producing Culture

On the freedom and responsibility of creation.

Ashley Colby
The Downfall of Healthy Addictions
The Downfall of Healthy Addictions

Self-improvement be damned, apps like Duolingo are still designed to make you anxious.

Jacqueline Gualtieri
The Eternal Sick Day
The Eternal Sick Day

Sickness has become characteristic of both impunity and plausible deniability.

Aimee Walleston
Long Live Pizza
Long Live Pizza

Against the urge to escape to Mars or the metaverse, pizza reminds us of what is real.

Robert Rhinehart
The Myth of the Chemical Imbalance
The Myth of the Chemical Imbalance

What psychiatrists really believe about mood disorders.

Ronald Pies