On historian Ian Morris and his predictions for humanity’s future.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
How humans evolve in the modern world.
On being stalked in the age of the Internet.
A mother on her autistic child’s progression and regression.
The scientific case for brain preservation and mind uploading.
Teaching Ted Kaczynski’s anti-technology ideas.
On a child diagnosed with autism:
The worst part was that I knew he sensed it, too. In the same way that I know when he wants vegetable puffs or puréed fruit by the subtle pitch of his cries, I could tell that he also perceived the change—and feared it. At night he was terrified to go to bed, needing to hold my fingers with one hand and touch my face with the other in order to get the few hours of sleep he managed. Every morning he was different. Another word was gone, another moment of eye contact was lost. He began to cry in a way that was untranslatable. The wails were not meant as messages to be decoded; they were terrified expressions of being beyond expression itself.