Science Fiction: Michael LaCour's Gay Rights Canvassing Hoax Shows the Limits of Peer Review
May 21, 2015
Advancing science through rooting out fraud.
Critics of the "new political correctness" have impulses that are deeply embedded within American culture.
GOP presidential candidates are issuing dire warnings about national security. It will backfire.
Jonathan Franzen's “Bad” Sex Writing Isn't His Fault
May 15, 2015
All sex writing looks bad out of context.
It didn't work out in Canada, and it's not working out in Britain now.
The Aesthetic Failure of 'Charlie Hebdo'
May 08, 2015
The French satirical magazine refuses to evolve, using a stale artistic strategy from the 1960s.
'Charlie Hebdo' is a complicated issue, so it's worth going to informed sources, not instant experts.
The Anti-Islam Exhibit Attacked in Texas Is a Clearer Free Speech Case Than 'Charlie Hebdo'
May 04, 2015
The most clarifying test cases for free speech involve the defense of the vile.
Acting Without Thinking
April 24, 2015
The most effective protest movements have been enriched by debating ideas and strategy.
Science Fiction's White Boys' Club Strikes Back
April 17, 2015
The conservative backlash isn't entirely about attempts to diversify science fiction; it's also motivated by a nostalgia for an imaginary past.