Search-engine architects must decide when their creations should act as a kind of expert and when they should neutrally direct people to what they are seeking.
The mathematician John Allen Paulos marvels at his field’s counterintuitive proofs. Yet his earliest intellectual thrill was the discovery that numeracy could empower even a child.
The artist Bradley McCallum sought to visually capture the gravitas associated with bringing bad actors to justice while acknowledging that individuals on trial were presumed innocent.
That’s the argument of Dr. Pamela Cantor, who believes there are tools we’re failing to give students that would help them overcome the stress that’s holding them back.
Advocate Jim Steyer remembers what first sparked his desire to create an advocacy group for young people.
The retired general and former CIA director holds forth on the Middle East.
Shaka Senghor, who spent 19 years in prison for second-degree murder, reflects on what he regards as the basic illogic of how U.S. prisons treat inmates.
The ex-commissioner, who blames minority communities for tension between police and civilians, also wants cops to try out body cameras.
Two writers with experience teaching at elite colleges perceive an epidemic of conditional love that is damaging the ability of students to lead happy lives.
Top universities claim to benefit everyone, but the value of the degrees they confer is inextricably tied to exclusivity, he argues.
One of the president's closest advisors defends him against the charge that he has held back when addressing the subject.
The journalist Naomi Schaefer Riley marvels at how well people of different faiths get along in this country.
A Marxist take on art that can inform every field of human study.
Two close observers of academic life discuss sexual assault, due process, and how to prepare incoming freshmen for the dangers–and pleasures–of college.
The senator accused some of his Republican rivals of being “mean” when they talk about immigrants––and doesn’t think his openness to amnesty will sink his primary campaign.
UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block remembers an attempt to reduce infant deaths.
The notion of using scientific methods to illuminate matters of the heart was once ridiculed, but has been vindicated in recent years.
In adolescence, the brain’s reward centers light up when acting recklessly in front of peers.
Scholar Charles Murray wants “to make large chunks of the regulatory code unenforceable.” How? “I want to put sugar in the government's gas tank.”
A challenge to the widely held notion that the power of brains is more legitimate than the power of fists.