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05.31.2015
A metal sign containing the word dangerous
The atom bomb's ability to kill people makes it a literal dangerous idea.  But there are other kinds of dangerous ideas -- ideas that are contrary, counterintutive and just plain...
05.29.2015
Why do Americans suck at math?  And why do so many claim to hate math?  In a recent survey, a third of respondents said they'd rather clean the bathroom than solve an equation. ...

On Our Minds

A new novel from Benjamin Percy is a reason to keep the lights on. In the contemporary literary landscape, nobody writes fear the way he does—except maybe Stephen King, who...
At 27, Ronda Rousey might be one of the best pound-for-pound mixed martial artists fighting today. Boasting an undefeated MMA record, she’s blown through her competition,...
The author of A Reunion of Ghosts on being inspired by the father of chemical weapons ​ In April 1915, German forces fired more than 150 tons of lethal chlorine gas at Allied...
Last night, the final episode of Late Show with David Letterman aired, drawing to a close a 33-year career in late night broadcasting for the respected comedian. But behind...
Werner Herzog
I’m Werner Herzog, I’m a filmmaker normally but I do read. The book I would really recommend is an obscure book published in 1967: “The Peregrine,” by J.A. Baker, who is...

What is Intelligence? [Video]

From Newton and Einstein to Steve Jobs, we have an insatiable curiosity about geniuses. But do we actually know what “genius” is? Do we even understand “intelligence”? Evolutionary theorist David Krakauer has his doubts. He also thinks we need a better understanding of “stupidity,” which he calls “the greatest problem facing the world today.” In these video excepts, he talks to Steve Paulson. See more videos here.