Should Apartment Buildings Be Allowed to Ban Children?

Jeff behrens always needed help running errands. As a child growing up in the small town of Edson, Alberta, Behrens was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, which has progressively taken his vision. He’s never been able to drive, and so completing most tasks outside the house was difficult. That changed six years ago, when Behrens and … Continued

What Your Decision-Making Style Says About You

You know the saying (and the old Selena Gomez song), “Live like there’s no tomorrow?” Yeah, not me. I mean, I’ve heard it often enough, and seen the sentiment shared on social media plenty, but I don’t think I could truthfully say I’ve ever really lived by it. I’m what’s called a decision-making maximizer, which … Continued

How to Tell if Someone Is Lying

Last week, when Senator Martin Heinrich questioned ex-FBI director James Comey during the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, the New Mexico Democrat suggested that understanding what happened in private discussions between Comey and US president Donald Trump comes down ultimately to which man one chooses to believe. “Do you want to say anything,” he asked Comey, … Continued

Can Jonathan Haidt Help Calm the Campus Culture Wars?

On a February morning in Washington, a hotel ballroom is packed with people eager to hear Jonathan Haidt explain what’s wrong with higher education. His talk is part of the International Students for Liberty Conference, which has attracted 1,700 attendees, mostly young libertarians, to a weekend of sessions with titles like “Stereotyped 101,” “Advancing Liberty … Continued

Are There More Than Five Senses?

The world we experience is not the real world. It’s a mental construction, filtered through our physical senses. Which raises the question: How would our world change if we had new and different senses? Could they expand our universe? Technology has long been used to help people who have lost, or were born without, one … Continued

Is the Biggest Art Heist in History About to be Solved?

It’s still regarded as the greatest unsolved art heist of all time: $500 million of art—including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, and Manet—plucked from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston on March 18, 1990, by two men posing as police. The museum had offered a $5 million reward for the return of all 13 pieces in good condition. Last … Continued

Is it Wrong for Writers to Exaggerate?

efore 8 November 2016, I thought it was okay to stretch the truth in storytelling, especially if you were trying to be funny. Now, I’m not sure. TrueStory was my handle. I don’t remember Victoria’s handle; what I remember is her picture. She’s wearing drag-queen quantities of makeup: gold swathes across her eyelids, blush … Continued

One Child Actor Who Turned Out OK

Shout-out to the pedestrians of downtown Manhattan for not bothering Haley Joel Osment with the Line. You know the one. The one about the dead people and seeing them. (I hesitate to even type it out because Osment is reluctant to utter it out loud, as though it were a Voldemort-level incantation.) You’d think someone … Continued

Why Democracies Need Conservatives

Why do democracies fail? It’s suddenly a very urgent and important question. Daniel Ziblatt’s new book arrives just in time to deliver a powerful and supremely relevant answer. Don’t be misled by the aggressively unsensational title, the careful prose, or the hyper-technical charts (“Median and Distribution of Conservative and Liberal Party Seats Across Varying Levels … Continued

Will Twitter Kill Literature?

The day was always coming when science fiction would seem like nostalgia. It wasn’t that everything became true but that everything became fake. Who knew, when reading William Gibson in the simple 1980s, or old paperbacks of Frank Herbert, that these writers were common realists, no less faithful than Charles Dickens to life’s essential changes. … Continued