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A Brief, Ironic History of “Ironic Science”

A Brief, Ironic History of “Ironic Science”

Football is dead to me! I can’t watch any more without thinking about brain-damage and abuse of women and dogs. So instead of watching playoff games today (although I’m beaming bad-luck vibes at Brady and Belichick, whom I love to hate), I traced the history of “ironic science.” In my previous column, I claimed ownership [...]..

January 18, 2015 — John Horgan
What Is “Ironic Science”?

What Is “Ironic Science”?

I was scanning my Twitter feed recently, pretending to look for “news” while really searching, as usual, for items that praise, condemn or merely allude to me—I mean, let’s face it, all of us social-media addicts are narcissists–when the bells in my amygdala started clanging...

January 16, 2015 — John Horgan
Troublemaker Lee Smolin Says Physics—and Its Laws—Must Evolve*

Troublemaker Lee Smolin Says Physics—and Its Laws—Must Evolve*

What separates good from bad troublemakers? Productive provocateurs from mere contrarians, bullshit artists, attention-seekers? This is the personalized equivalent of philosophy’s demarcation problem, which involves telling genuine from pseudo-science...

January 4, 2015 — John Horgan
Need a New Year’s Resolution? Believe in Free Will!

Need a New Year’s Resolution? Believe in Free Will!

New Year’s Day is approaching, a time when we—by which I mean I–brood over past failures and vow to improve ourselves: I will be less judgmental with my kids and more romantic with my girlfriend...

December 27, 2014 — John Horgan
How an Agnostic Science Writer Celebrates Winter Solstice

How an Agnostic Science Writer Celebrates Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice, darkest day of the year, is fast approaching. So once again I’m posting an edited version of a column I originally wrote for The New York Times more than a decade ago, when I was still married and living in a Hudson Valley hamlet...

December 19, 2014 — John Horgan

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