Author Archives: John Horgan

The Infinite Optimism of Physicist David Deutsch

The quantum theorist thinks we’ll solve war, global warming and consciousness—and that will be just the beginning

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

The Weirdness of Weirdness

Is weirdness only in the eye of the beholder or is it an objective quality of reality?

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Do Women Want to Be Oppressed?

Evolutionary theorists propose that female desire for domineering males helped create a patriarchal world

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

We Have Souls, and So Do Crows

A meditation for the Winter Solstice

 

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Jellyfish, Sexbots and the Solipsism Problem

As long as we lack a "consciousness meter," we can’t resolve debates about what is or isn’t conscious

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Do Fish Suffer?

Speakers at a meeting on animal consciousness dive into a deep ethical debate

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Thanksgiving and the Myth of Native American "Savages"

Prominent scientists exaggerate the violence of Native Americans, whom European invaders ravaged.

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Do We Need Brain Implants to Keep Up with Robots?

Neuroscientist Christof Koch calls for a “crash program” in brain technologies to make us smarter

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Does Buddhism Give Us Answers or Questions?

An encounter with a Buddhist teacher provokes a meditation on the nature of spirituality

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Bizarre Brain-Implant Experiment Sought to "Cure" Homosexuality

In 1970 a psychiatrist at Tulane University electrically stimulated the brain of a gay man while he had sex with a female prostitute

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Lax U.S. Gun Controls Pose a Greater Threat Than Terrorism

U.S.-made guns wreak havoc around the world as well as in the U.S.

 

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Tribute to Jose Delgado, Legendary and Slightly Scary Pioneer of Mind Control

Neuroscientist based at Yale in 1960s controlled bulls, monkeys and humans with brain implants and envisioned a “psychocivilized society”

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

The Great Hunger and the Randomness of the World

A science journalist walking through Lower Manhattan ponders the meaning of the Irish Hunger Memorial

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Has the Era of Gene Therapy Finally Arrived?

The FDA just approved the first gene therapy for sale, but such therapies remain far from fulfilling their early promise

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Nuclear Expert Considers Risks of Conflict with North Korea

Nuclear historian Alex Wellerstein also speaks out on nuclear terrorism, proliferation, modernization, eradication and civil defense

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Richard Dawkins Offers Advice for Donald Trump, and Other Wisdom

The biologist and atheist, whose latest book was released this week, talks about the reliability of science, artificial intelligence, religion and the president

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Profile of Claude Shannon, Inventor of Information Theory

Shannon, a pioneer of artificial intelligence, thought machines can think but doubted they "would take over”

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Chimp Guy Knocks Baboon Guy’s Upbeat View of Human War

Harvard’s Richard Wrangham and Stanford’s Robert Sapolsky clash over claim that war has deep evolutionary roots

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

The Promise of LSD Microdoses and Other Psychedelic "Medicines"

Psychiatrist John Halpern discusses the psychotherapeutic potential of peyote, ayahuasca, psilocybin, MDMA and other psychedelics

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Tripping on Peyote in Navajo Nation

A journalist exploring psychedelics’ therapeutic potential participates in a ceremony of the Native American Church

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Why We Overrate the Lifesaving Power of Cancer Tests

Science journalist Gary Taubes weighs in on PSA tests and mammograms

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Why I Won’t Get a PSA Test for Prostate Cancer

Physicians are still recommending the blood test for prostate cancer even though it harms far more men than it helps

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

How Quarks Turned into Cultures

Big-picture biologist Tyler Volk talks about his book on “How We Came to Be” 

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Second Thoughts: Did Thomas Kuhn Help Elect Donald Trump?

Scholars debate filmmaker Errol Morris’s attack on Kuhn’s influential philosophy of science

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Second Thoughts on Whether Self-Knowledge Is Overrated

Intellectuals defend the value of being intellectuals.

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Did Thomas Kuhn Help Elect Donald Trump?

Filmmaker Errol Morris claims Kuhn’s critique of science paved the way for a post-truth presidency

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Is a Popular Theory of Cosmic Creation Pseudoscience?

Physicists battle over whether the theory of inflation is untestable and hence not really scientific.

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Why String Theory Is Still Not Even Wrong

Physicist, mathematician and blogger Peter Woit whacks strings, multiverses, simulated universes and “fake physics”

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

David Chalmers Thinks the Hard Problem Is Really Hard

Consciousness will still mystify us even if we scientifically solve it, philosopher predicts

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |

Will Neuroweapons, Micro-Drones and Other Killer Apps Really Make Us Safer?

Americans should have a more vigorous debate over Pentagon’s relentless pursuit of “disruptive” innovations

– Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Continue reading

Posted in STEM News |