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A Sense of Others

A Sense of Others

Recently I violated my self-imposed code of conduct by appearing on television. It...

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From Taboo to Common Sense

From Taboo to Common Sense

I’m sometimes accused of having created a vast secret corpus of sinister ideas...

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Great Smoking Guns of History

Great Smoking Guns of History

I quit smoking around 10 years after I quit drinking, but I miss smoking much...

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The Difference Between White People and Black People

The Difference Between White People and Black People

Imagine for a moment that you are an intelligent and self-sufficient Martian...

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Out of Step With the World

Out of Step With the World

We all, I suppose, live in a tiny world of our own construction, whose size and...

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A Fail-Safe Investment

A Fail-Safe Investment

“Are you ready for life changes?” the advertisement that came through the...

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The Parking Garage of the Fates

The Parking Garage of the Fates

“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into...

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Richard Dawkins, Cyclops of Science

Richard Dawkins, Cyclops of Science

Richard Dawkins must be one execrable speck of a man. The outspoken atheist never...

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Was Karl Marx a Dirty, Filthy, Rotten Bigot?

Was Karl Marx a Dirty, Filthy, Rotten Bigot?

I believe modern society would be far saner and healthier if it worshiped Groucho...

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The Myth of Prejudice

The Myth of Prejudice

I don’t believe in racism, sexism, or homophobia. There, I said it. While all...

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The Strange Evolution of Eugenics

The Strange Evolution of Eugenics

Predictably, responses to veteran New York Times genetics reporter Nicholas...

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Lost in Space

Lost in Space

The world is too much with us, late and soon. Before long, it can begin to seem...

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Little Selfies on Hogwash Mountain

Little Selfies on Hogwash Mountain

A “selfie,” when posted by an even remotely attractive girl, is a bit like...

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No Light at the End of the Cosmos

No Light at the End of the Cosmos

There is no magic in the new Cosmos—no angels or demons, no dragons in Eden,...

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