Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
November 25, 2015

How Would You Like to Pay? explores the anthropology of the expanding new world of smartphone wallets and other forms of mobile payments, writes Scott McLemee.

November 18, 2015

Two recent books give a much thicker account than daily news reports of the group behind the Paris attacks, writes Scott McLemee. But he doesn't recommend them for anyone whose nerves are easily jarred.

November 11, 2015

According to Christophe Charle's book on the topic, a debate over their definition and role has raged since the beginning, writes Scott McLemee.

November 4, 2015

Over the past century and a half or so, petroleum has been abundant and relatively easy to extract, Scott McLemee writes. The next 150 years -- in fact, the next 15 -- do not look quite so promising.

October 28, 2015

The new movie Experimenter, about social psychologist Stanley Milgram, makes the ethical questions concerning the deception and mistreatment of research participants much more tangible and pressing, says Scott McLemee.

October 21, 2015

While it's possible today to conduct every state of the writing process without ever touching a piece of paper, to Scott McLemee, it sounds like a relentless hell of perfect efficiency.

October 14, 2015

Paul B. Wignall's book on how Earth has withstood waves of cataclysmic extinction make the fall of dinosaurs seem like last week's news, writes Scott McLemee.

September 30, 2015

A philosopher's commitment to fascism raises controversy … again. Scott McLemee is scandalized.

September 23, 2015

Obfuscation: it's not just for post-structuralists anymore. Scott McLemee discusses a book on creating privacy in digital society.

September 9, 2015

An event honoring an exemplary American public intellectual is the hottest ticket in town. Scott McLemee reports on Scialabba-palooza.

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November 25, 2015

How Would You Like to Pay? explores the anthropology of the expanding new world of smartphone wallets and other forms of mobile payments, writes Scott McLemee.

November 18, 2015

Two recent books give a much thicker account than daily news reports of the group behind the Paris attacks, writes Scott McLemee. But he doesn't recommend them for anyone whose nerves are easily jarred.

November 11, 2015

According to Christophe Charle's book on the topic, a debate over their definition and role has raged since the beginning, writes Scott McLemee.

November 4, 2015

Over the past century and a half or so, petroleum has been abundant and relatively easy to extract, Scott McLemee writes. The next 150 years -- in fact, the next 15 -- do not look quite so promising.

October 28, 2015

The new movie Experimenter, about social psychologist Stanley Milgram, makes the ethical questions concerning the deception and mistreatment of research participants much more tangible and pressing, says Scott McLemee.

October 21, 2015

While it's possible today to conduct every state of the writing process without ever touching a piece of paper, to Scott McLemee, it sounds like a relentless hell of perfect efficiency.

October 14, 2015

Paul B. Wignall's book on how Earth has withstood waves of cataclysmic extinction make the fall of dinosaurs seem like last week's news, writes Scott McLemee.

September 30, 2015

A philosopher's commitment to fascism raises controversy … again. Scott McLemee is scandalized.

September 23, 2015

Obfuscation: it's not just for post-structuralists anymore. Scott McLemee discusses a book on creating privacy in digital society.

September 9, 2015

An event honoring an exemplary American public intellectual is the hottest ticket in town. Scott McLemee reports on Scialabba-palooza.

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