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A modest proposal for curbing homicides: Socialism

A modest proposal for curbing homicides: Socialism

If responses to my last post are any guide—including a diss from one of my own students!—many readers reject gun controls as a way to reduce shootings like the recent massacre in Arizona and other gun-related homicides.

January 24, 2011 — John Horgan
Freeman Dyson, global warming, ESP and the fun of being "bunkrapt"

Freeman Dyson, global warming, ESP and the fun of being "bunkrapt"

Should a scientist who believes in extrasensory perception—the ability to read minds, intuit the future and so on—be taken seriously? This question comes to mind when I ponder the iconoclastic physicist Freeman Dyson, whom the journalist Kenneth Brower recently profiled in The Atlantic 's December issue.

January 7, 2011 — John Horgan
New Year's Resolution: I will believe in free will

New Year's Resolution: I will believe in free will

In the wee hours of this morning my eyes popped open, and I spent the next half hour trying to figure out what to write about in this column. After careful, albeit groggy deliberation, I decided to go with free will, both because of the tie-in to New Year's resolutions and because some high-profile scientists have been questioning whether free will exists.

December 27, 2010 — John Horgan

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