Articles By: Daniel Bastian

On Selective Literalism and Gay Marriage

On Selective Literalism and Gay Marriage

A brief lesson in epistemology illustrates how biblical literalism at best provides non-answers and at worst is self-defeating.

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REVIEW: The City and the Stars

REVIEW: The City and the Stars

Arthur C. Clarke’s visionary tale of the distant future shines a light on humanity’s relationship with technology as a guarded society rediscovers its place in the universe.

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EPA Places Ban on Minor Greenhouse Gas

EPA Places Ban on Minor Greenhouse Gas

The EPA finalized new requirements this week limiting the use of HFCs, a class of synthetic chemicals that contribute to climate change.

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A Mathematical Approach to Countering Resistant Bacteria

A Mathematical Approach to Countering Resistant Bacteria

A new study proposes a mathematical model for reversing drug resistance in bacteria.

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REVIEW: Whiteout

REVIEW: Whiteout

A master of storytelling delivers a high-strung thriller just compelling enough to dispel disbelief.

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The Vaccine that Rescued a Generation

The Vaccine that Rescued a Generation

Plagues like polio have brought civilizations to their knees throughout recorded history. This time, we fought back.

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The Examined Life—A Short Poem

The Examined Life—A Short Poem

A mercifully brief poem, of which there may be more.

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REVIEW: The Drive-In

REVIEW: The Drive-In

A two-shot pulse of comedy and horror, The Drive-In is a goretastic romp through B-movie stardom.

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Are We More Peaceful? John Gray Says No

Are We More Peaceful? John Gray Says No

John Gray challenges the thesis of Steven Pinker’s book The Better Angels of Our Nature (2011).

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The Case of the Missing ‘Hot Spot’

The Case of the Missing ‘Hot Spot’

Climate physics predicts a hot spot in the tropics. Is this prediction vindicated by the temperature record?

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Taxonomizing the Climate Change Commentator

Taxonomizing the Climate Change Commentator

The media can improve the public conversation on climate change by labeling its participants appropriately.

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REVIEW: The Unlikely Disciple

REVIEW: The Unlikely Disciple

Kevin Roose’s sojourn turned memoir is an honest, transparent, balanced look into a cultural divide that seems more unbridgeable by the year.

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