Sunday, April 7, 2019

How is it that at a time when the digital age offers us unimaginable access to history, "never again" can become "Communism is cool"?

In Germany the Die Linke party's brand of socialism is split largely along generational lines, and similar rifts are growing around the world. Why do the young always believe they'll do it right?

According to a new accounting of the infamous story of boxer 'Hurricane' Carter, most of what we know is wrong.

An illuminating dive into the history of and research on psychedelic drugs. Could psychedelics be good for you?

A child of aid workers tells of the unimaginable atrocities and the struggle of living with ghosts in a world that hardly acknowledged the madness.

A former eduction graduate school student says a well-regarded program is steeped in flimsy ideology and light on practical tools for teachers.

Support for free speech is in decline along with our understanding of where the US Supreme Court has already drawn the line.

Reflexive censorship is a natural reaction to terrible acts of violence but is never helpful and often targets the wrong voices, argues Michael Shermer.

An Arab critical of aspects of Islam discusses the oppressive tribalism of judging ideas according to the immutable aspects of one's identity.

A look at surprising ideas about human violence in a new book by evolutionary anthropologist Richard Wrangham.

One woman's personal story about discovering sexual power and her lament about our growing inability to appreciate nuance.

Quillette Podcast - E  pisode 24

Rob Montz talks about his YouTube videos documenting the free speech crisis engulfing America's universities.

"In another recent randomized, double blind study conducted by John Hopkins University, 51 patients with a life threatening cancer diagnosis suffering from depression or anxiety about fear of death were given one large dose of psilocybin. Two-thirds of the patients reported the experience as among the most important in their entire lives. 'Somehow, I was able to comprehend what oneness is,' said one of the patients a year after the trial, while another reported that he had gained metaphysical insights into the nature of reality, 'The sense that all is One. I experienced the essence of the universe.' Eighty percent of the patients reported substantial decreases in depression and anxiety, with one of the study’s authors, Stephen Ross, telling Scientific American , 'It is simply unprecedented in psychiatry that a single dose of a medicine produces these kinds of dramatic and enduring results.'"

Headline Rhymes
Views on the news, delivered so smooth.

I vow to get to the bottom of Brexit every couple of days

A couple of paragraphs later, I always lose my way

Rejections of rejections and votes on votes

It's a funhouse mirror choked with smoke

American-style gridlock
As written by Hitchcock

Quillette Podcast - E  pisode 25

Toby Young dives deep into Brexit with Robert Tombs, Cambridge history professor.
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Stephen Blackwood says the rescinding of Peterson's Visiting Fellowship by the Faculty of Divinity is a betrayal of the school's purpose and history.

The call to dismantle specialized high schools amid calls of racism includes voices such as Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Mayor Bill de Blasio. Here's why it's a terrible idea.

Despicable acts of terror like Christchurch rightly worry many about a rise in a global white nationalism. But could they be the signs of the opposite?

A professor describes the widespread scientific illiteracy of climate science not only within academia, but beyond.


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