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Observations

Observations

Opinion, arguments & analyses from guest experts and from the editors of Scientific American

Where Do Ideas Come from?

They’re nurtured by informal dialogues in environments where mistakes are tolerated and critical thinking is encouraged

July 23, 2018 — Abraham Loeb

Moving On Up

How behavioral science could boost upward mobility in housing voucher programs

July 20, 2018 — Stephanie Tepper, Andrea Dinneen, Janie Oliphant and Robert Batts

Groupers on the Comeback in the Caymans

A government–science partnership with input from local fishermen is the reason—and it could be a model for natural resource science

July 19, 2018 — Ben Shouse, Brice Semmens, Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Scott Heppell, Bradley Johnson, Croy McCoy and Gina Ebanks-Petrie

A Trillion Worlds

Big-data statistics have revealed, among other things, that our own solar system is kind of an oddball

July 18, 2018 — Greg Laughlin

Mysterianism Redux

A follow up to my Scientific American column on consciousness, free will and God…the final mysteries?

July 16, 2018 — Michael Shermer

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