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More Cool Sh*t I’ve Read—and Seen—Lately

More Cool Sh*t I’ve Read—and Seen—Lately

This is the fourth installment of my monthly feature "Cool Sh*t I've Read Lately,” in which I draw attention to, um, cool stuff. (Here are columns one, two and three.) Breakthrough Journal.

June 26, 2014 — John Horgan
My Ayahuasca Trip

My Ayahuasca Trip

Ayahuasca—a foul-tasting hallucinogenic tea that can induce violent nausea and terrifying visions—is becoming trendy. A recent article in the “Fashion & Style” section of The New York Times notes that many people—including celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan and Sting—have turned to ayahuasca as a “catalyst for inner growth.” Ayahuasca is fascinating, for many reasons.

June 15, 2014 — John Horgan
So Far, Big Data Is Small Potatoes

So Far, Big Data Is Small Potatoes

Is Big Data going to revolutionize science and help us make a better world? Not based on what it’s done so far. Let me back up a moment.

June 9, 2014 — John Horgan
Cool Sh*t I’ve Read—and Seen—Lately

Cool Sh*t I’ve Read—and Seen—Lately

This is the third installment in my monthly feature “Cool Sh*t I’ve Read Lately.” (Here are number one and number two.) This month I’m calling it “Cool Sh*t I’ve Read–and Seen—Lately” so I can add a movie and art exhibit.

May 26, 2014 — John Horgan

Sorry, but So Far War on Cancer Has Been a Bust

I recently got into an argument, again, about cancer. The occasion was a talk by one of my colleagues at Stevens Institute, philosopher Gregory Morgan, on the fascinating history of research into cancer-causing viruses.

May 21, 2014 — John Horgan

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