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Intellectual Affairs
June 19, 2013

Two million years after Australopithecus, humankind is sitting pretty. Scott McLemee finds a new book explaining how we got here. (Hint: It was served very rare.)

June 12, 2013

A year before he died, René Descartes sat down for a portrait. Scott McLemee discusses a new book on the back story.

June 5, 2013

Two overlooked articles consider massive open online coursework from distinctive angles. Scott McLemee flags them down.

May 29, 2013

Despite two generations of work by feminist literary critics, a study indicates that new books by men get disproportionate attention from reviewers. Scott McLemee reports from the literary battlefront.

May 22, 2013

The original search for the fountain of youth didn't pan out -- but a new one is under way. Scott McLemee considers "The Longevity Seekers."

May 15, 2013

Serial killers have become the cultural anti-heroes of the age. Scott McLemee considers a new book that traces the back story of a morbid trend.

May 1, 2013

Machines are "reading" novels that literary historians would otherwise never get to. Scott McLemee considers the results and prospects of "Macroanalysis."

April 24, 2013

Making books, artwork, and historical documents of all kinds universally available for free is a great ambition. Scott McLemee thinks the job will require a little more, though.

April 17, 2013

A new book explores the subterranean connections between geology and mythology. Scott McLemee returns from the land of the ice and snow, from the midnight sun where the hot springs blow.

April 10, 2013

Who knew that WikiLeaks was around in 1773? Scott McLemee takes a look at Ben Franklin's role -- part Bradley Manning, part Julian Assange...

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June 19, 2013

Two million years after Australopithecus, humankind is sitting pretty. Scott McLemee finds a new book explaining how we got here. (Hint: It was served very rare.)

June 12, 2013

A year before he died, René Descartes sat down for a portrait. Scott McLemee discusses a new book on the back story.

June 5, 2013

Two overlooked articles consider massive open online coursework from distinctive angles. Scott McLemee flags them down.

May 29, 2013

Despite two generations of work by feminist literary critics, a study indicates that new books by men get disproportionate attention from reviewers. Scott McLemee reports from the literary battlefront.

May 22, 2013

The original search for the fountain of youth didn't pan out -- but a new one is under way. Scott McLemee considers "The Longevity Seekers."

May 15, 2013

Serial killers have become the cultural anti-heroes of the age. Scott McLemee considers a new book that traces the back story of a morbid trend.

May 1, 2013

Machines are "reading" novels that literary historians would otherwise never get to. Scott McLemee considers the results and prospects of "Macroanalysis."

April 24, 2013

Making books, artwork, and historical documents of all kinds universally available for free is a great ambition. Scott McLemee thinks the job will require a little more, though.

April 17, 2013

A new book explores the subterranean connections between geology and mythology. Scott McLemee returns from the land of the ice and snow, from the midnight sun where the hot springs blow.

April 10, 2013

Who knew that WikiLeaks was around in 1773? Scott McLemee takes a look at Ben Franklin's role -- part Bradley Manning, part Julian Assange...

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