Why we love repetition in music.
For centuries, a little town in Belgium has been treating the mentally ill. Why are its medieval methods so successful?
Why a cow being airlifted by a helicopter says so much about the Swiss economy.
Frederick Douglass and the specter of slavery in Talbot County, Maryland.
A visit to Star Axis, a desert art installation that connects you to the cosmos.
“In the computer age, it is not hard to imagine how a computing machine might construct, store and spit out the information that ‘I am alive, I am a person, I have memories, the wind is cold, the grass is green,’ and so on. But how does a brain become aware of those propositions? ”
The “naked technological realities” of America’s heartland and how they power a “cosy coastal world of pretend farmers’ markets and happy cows.”
On cushy jobs in web development, deeply un-cushy opportunities in writing, and our assumptions about the value of labor.