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The Notion of Nowhere

Where, exactly, is the middle of nowhere? What is it? “Not in or to any place; not anywhere,” if we’re to trust Google. Also: “a place that is…

Why Work When You’re A Robot?

Materialists posit a universe where every aspect of reality has a physical, mechanistic explanation. Physical pathways connect cause and effect; chance plays a starring role, but it comes…

Life Doesn’t Find a Way

Small flowers and moss grow from the cracks in a concrete stairway near my house. The stairway isn’t used anymore—the door at the top is boarded—and the plants…

The Nasty Nature of Product X

Imagine; next Monday, a fresh-faced CEO announces something thrilling. He (it’s always a “he”) promises a product so transformative, so powerful, that it’ll affect everyone. Overnight, the world’s…

Who Is Responsible For Climate Change?

Climate guilt is definitely a thing. Those who feel strongest about global warming—activists, academics, “greenies”—are some of the same people who’ve benefited most from carbon-emitting systems of privilege…

The Loss of Cod and Liberty

A New England angler argues that cod have never been more abundant; that limiting their harvest is a cultural attack, not scientific necessity1. In the Gulf of Mexico,…

Watching and Being Watched

Leaving Sullivan Station I follow a man. He’s wearing blue jeans and a black sweatshirt; black hair, swept over his head; a black backpack. I walk a few…

How Special Are We, Really?

On the one hand, not very. The universe is massive. A single light year is 5.8 trillion miles long. The closest solar system to our own is 4…

Are You Bothered By Extinction?

Extinction rates are difficult to measure. We don’t know exactly how many species exist, and we don’t know how fast they’re dying off, or when. Scientists have guessed….

The Dregs

My backyard neighbor is a military research institute. It’s a spacious facility, with many wings and layers. There are a few big satellite dishes that you can see…