Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
August 12, 2015

Michel Foucault made it clear that he wanted his unpublished work to stay in the archives. Scott McLemee considers how it reached escape velocity.

August 5, 2015

The 18th century saw the rise of a taste for crumbling architecture and beautiful ruins. Scott McLemee looks at a study of the contemporary equivalent.

July 29, 2015

Coming soon to an ecosystem near you: cloned mammoths, dodoes, and other long-dead beasts. Or semi-cloned, anyway. Scott McLemee learns the difference.

July 15, 2015

Historians are recovering the sounds, smells and other sensory details of the past. Scott McLemee checks the record.

July 1, 2015

Three years ago, the New York Public Library almost succumbed to a dubious renovation plan. Scott McLemee reports on a book about what happened next.

June 24, 2015

"What is it with Americans and guns?" the world asks. Scott McLemee looks for interpretations of free-range mayhem in the U.S.A.

June 10, 2015

It's the most important American political document scarcely anyone remembers a word of. Scott McLemee reports on a new book putting the Emancipation Proclamation in context.

June 3, 2015

Social-media researchers have more than enough material for their research -- and that's getting to be a problem. Scott McLemee makes some inquiries.

May 27, 2015

A social theorist's new book considers the darker impulses beneath phony smiles and social media "like" messages. Scott McLemee checks it out.

May 20, 2015

A new book challenges the idea that wandering attention is a flaw in our mental machinery. Scott McLemee tries to go with the author's flow.

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August 12, 2015

Michel Foucault made it clear that he wanted his unpublished work to stay in the archives. Scott McLemee considers how it reached escape velocity.

August 5, 2015

The 18th century saw the rise of a taste for crumbling architecture and beautiful ruins. Scott McLemee looks at a study of the contemporary equivalent.

July 29, 2015

Coming soon to an ecosystem near you: cloned mammoths, dodoes, and other long-dead beasts. Or semi-cloned, anyway. Scott McLemee learns the difference.

July 15, 2015

Historians are recovering the sounds, smells and other sensory details of the past. Scott McLemee checks the record.

July 1, 2015

Three years ago, the New York Public Library almost succumbed to a dubious renovation plan. Scott McLemee reports on a book about what happened next.

June 24, 2015

"What is it with Americans and guns?" the world asks. Scott McLemee looks for interpretations of free-range mayhem in the U.S.A.

June 10, 2015

It's the most important American political document scarcely anyone remembers a word of. Scott McLemee reports on a new book putting the Emancipation Proclamation in context.

June 3, 2015

Social-media researchers have more than enough material for their research -- and that's getting to be a problem. Scott McLemee makes some inquiries.

May 27, 2015

A social theorist's new book considers the darker impulses beneath phony smiles and social media "like" messages. Scott McLemee checks it out.

May 20, 2015

A new book challenges the idea that wandering attention is a flaw in our mental machinery. Scott McLemee tries to go with the author's flow.

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