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The Internet isn’t making you stupid or unhappy or less productive. But it might be subverting your creativity…

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The Cornell professor Daryl Bem claims to have scientific proof that ESP is real. If so, perhaps he anticipated the outrage of colleagues…

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To Net prophets like Clay Shirky, there is little about the Web that is not benign. But cyberutopianism is at odds with economic reality. Welcome to the digital plantation…

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Privacy is passé – if not dead. Confessional tweets, narcissistic status updates: We are the Wikileakers of our own lives…

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Computers can fly airplanes, but they can’t make plausible small talk. We forget how impressive humans are. Computers are reminding us…

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Can science explain the soul? Well, a preternaturally self-assured scientist like Nicholas Humphrey can try…

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Semiotics, deconstruction, New Criticism, blah, blah, blah. Poetry is in crisis, says Joseph Wood, and careless theorizing is to blame…

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What has the iPod wrought? Earbudded into isolation, merrily ensconced in our own expertly curated soundtrack, who any longer has a serendipitous interaction? The future belongs to solipsism…

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Was Gandhi gay? Perhaps. But Andrew Roberts is certain of this: Gandhi was “a sexual weirdo, a political incompetent, and a fanatical faddist”..

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One of David Foster Wallace’s final acts was to leave the manuscript pages of a novel where his wife would find them. The Pale King, like Wallace’s life, feels unfinished, unresolved…

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