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Blaming the Internet Is Not the Answer

Blaming the Internet Is Not the Answer

ANDREW KEEN WANTS to free us from the tyranny of two myths concerning the internet: that it will create a “more open and egalitarian world” and that it will foster unprecedented global empowerment...

Erik Davis: Techno-Occultural Nomad

Erik Davis: Techno-Occultural Nomad

IN HIS PIONEERING 1998 book Techgnosis: Myth, Magic and Mysticism in the Age of Information, Erik Davis traces the importance of Gnosticism to the more ecstatic techno-mystical visions of early 1990s ...

Therapy and the Art of Mortality

Therapy and the Art of Mortality

WHAT DOES IT MEAN to die well? Can talk therapy help? These are the questions posed by Creatures of a Day, psychiatrist Irvin Yalom’s poignant and bracing collection of stories based on his therapeu...

Shooting Magical Bullets at PTSD

Shooting Magical Bullets at PTSD

DAVID MORRIS served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps between 1994 and 1998, and thus by luck rather than choice he escaped combat. He describes his stint in the armed forces as routine ...

Prying: Jhave on Tender Claws’ New App

Prying: Jhave on Tender Claws’ New App

PRY IS AN INTERACTIVE multimedia fiction created and launched as an iOS app by Tender Claws, the duo Danny Cannizzaro and Samantha Gorman, in 2014. ¤ First, the Verdict My opinion: Everyone in...

In Praise of Dynamic Duos

In Praise of Dynamic Duos

The feeling of rivalry lies at the very basis of our being, all social improvement being largely due to it […] The spectacle of effort is what awakens and sustains our own effort. — William James...

Aristocrats of “Merit”

Aristocrats of “Merit”

IN HIS BOOK Average Is Over, economist Tyler Cowen makes a striking prediction: “One day soon we will look back and see that we produced two nations, a fantastically successful nation, working in th...

Of Good Horses and Bad Science

Of Good Horses and Bad Science

STEVE JONES, a former geneticist at the Galton Laboratory (University College London) is one of the foremost popular science writers and presenters in Great Britain. In his new book, The Serpent’s P...