Back From Chaos
The assumptions of the Enlightenment -- about the unity of all knowledge, about the potential for human progress -- were displaced by postmodern skepticism about the possibility of real knowledge and about the existence of objective truth. But now, the author argues, the promise of the Enlightenment is being renewed. The great branches of learning will draw closer -- revealing an order that underlies everything.
by Edward O. Wilson
An Atlantic Unbound interview with Edward O. Wilson.
The Lessons of ValuJet 592
The circumstances that led to the ValuJet crash in May of 1996 are no longer a mystery. Nevertheless, the accident continues to raise troubling questions -- not about what happened but about why. Our author argues that it represents what analysts call a "system accident" -- a kind of accident that may lie beyond the reach of conventional solutions.
by William Langewiesche
Notes & Comment: Today's Most Mischievous Misquotation
Adam Smith's blind faith in the "invisible hand" of the market wasn't really Adam Smith's faith at all -- and today Smith is invoked in behalf of causes he did not support.
by Jonathan Schlefer
Politics: California, Here We Come
California has led the way toward heavy -- and shortsighted -- reliance on voter referenda. As other states embrace the practice, the perils of this form of direct democracy are becoming more apparent.
by Peter Schrag
Fiction & Poetry
The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet
A short story
by Francine Prose
An Atlantic Unbound interview with Francine Prose.
They Can't Take That Away From Me
by Gail Mazur
by David Solway
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Arts & Leisure
Travel: Lewis and Clark and Us
Might the Lewis and Clark saga be an appropriate focus for a trip with children? A five-member Corps of Discovery set off to find out.
by Cullen Murphy
Sport: Tree Surfing and Other Lofty Pleasures
"I look for one that announces 'Climb me,'" says a practitioner of the fledgling sport known as technical tree climbing.
by Michael Finkel
Food: Belgian and Bubbly
Some of the best beer in the world is made in the manner of champagne.
by Corby Kummer
War in the Mind
Shook Over Hell: Post-Traumatic Stress, Vietnam, and the Civil War, by Eric T. Dean Jr.
by James M. McPherson
How to Pay for a Good College
The Student Aid Game, by Michael S. McPherson and Morton O. Schapiro
by Donald Kennedy
by Phoebe-Lou Adams
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