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Epistemology at Scale

The campaign against Brett Kavanaugh was the perfect crime: smuggling empathetic truths into a situation too universal for empathy.
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My Friend Karl: A Review of My Struggle: Book Six

Karl Ove Knausgaard is moved by myth and tradition in a way that betrays his calculated political apathy.
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Empty Realm

Behind the NPC meme.
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Whigged Out

Technology will determine the politics of the future. This invites a return to impersonal readings of history.
PhilosophyTop Section

After the WEIRDing

Rod Dreher and Peter Sloterdijk offer alternative trajectories for fragmentation: sacred collectivities or transformative individuations.
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God’s Own Cryptosystem

How Heisenberg Uncertainty might be a way to prevent timing attacks against the universe.
Non-FictionTop Section

Glancing Backwards in the Desert

Burning Man is a post-modern post-religion. But it has something substantial to teach about staving off nihilism.
CultureTop Section

Game Over

Industrialized leisure is yet another candidate for the title of the secular age's surrogate religion.
CultureTop Section

Sarah Jeong and the Only Direction

The radicalism that is mainstream in the American press is not Marxism. It's something more cynical.
EconomicsTop Section

SimCity in Real Life

Urban planners, focusing on skylines over substance, treat the science of building a city as though it's a video game.