Writings

Is Science Hitting a Wall?
Economists show increased research efforts are yielding decreasing returns.

Was I wrong about "The End of Science"?
Horgan reconsiders his thesis for a new edition of his controversial book.

Mind-Body Problems: Science, Subjectivity and Who We Really Are
A radical new meta-solution to the deepest, oldest mystery.

Dear "Skeptics," Bash Homeopathy and Bigfoot Less, Mammograms and War More
Horgan accuses self-appointed skeptics of going after easy targets.

War Is Our Most Urgent Problem. Let's Solve It
"Cross-check" (Scientific American blog), August 12, 2014.

The Drones Come Home
Drones may soon become ubiquitous in U.S. skies. National Geographic, 2013.

The Consciousness Conundrum
The wetware that gives rise to consciousness is far too complex to be replicated in a computer anytime soon. IEEE Spectrum, June 2008.

The Templeton Foundation: A Skeptic's Take
An essay that considers whether it is ethical for an agnostic to accept money from the Templeton Foundation, which seeks to reconcile science and religion.

The Forgotten Era of Brain Chips
An account of the pioneering research on brain implants in humans and other animals by Jose Delgado and others, Scientific American, October 2005.

The Myth of Mind Control: Will Anyone Ever Decode the Human Brain?
Explores whether scientists will ever have complete understanding of and control over the brain's neural code. Discover, October 2004.

Peyote on the Brain
Investigation of peyote use in Native American Church. Discover, February 2003.

Selected Articles, 1986-Present
An annotated list of articles, reviews, and essays written over the past two decades for Scientific American, The New York Times, Washington Post, Times Literary Supplement, Slate, and other magazines and newspapers.

MYSTICISM


Why I Gave Up On Zen
Horgan describes his trials and tribulations in a Zen class taught by a Japanese-American woman in his hometown.

The Psychedelic Sorcerer
A breakfast conversation in Basel, Switzerland, with the anthropologist Christian Ratsch.

The Anti-Gurus
Horgan talks to the authors of The Guru Papers about the dangers of cults, gurus, and spiritual authority.

A Modern Catholic Mystic
John Horgan visits the reclusive Benedictine monk Brother David Stendl-Rast, a former teacher at Esalen and leader in the effort to establish a Catholic dialogue with Buddhism, at a monastery in western New York.

Beyond Belief
John Horgan describes meeting Stephen Batchelor, author of The Faith to Doubt and Buddhism Without Beliefs.

The Myth of the Totally Enlightened Guru
John Horgan describes his meeting with the guru Andrew Cohen, founder of the journal What Is Enlightenment? and advocate of the myth of the totally enlightened guru. This article includes brief digressions on Yogi Bhajan, popularizer of kundalini yoga, and Amrit Desai, founder of Kripalu.

Selected Works

SKEPTICISM
Scientific American, April 2015.
Skeptical look at the skeptical movement, May 2016.
MIND-BODY PROBLEMS
Don't hold your breath for the Singularity. IEEE Spectrum, June 2008.
Profile of Jose Delgado, pioneer of brain implants, Scientific American, October 2005.
WAR
"Cross-check" (Scientific American blog), August 12, 2014.
Drones may soon become ubiquitous in U.S. skies.
MYSTICISM
Investigation of peyote use in Native American Church. Discover, February 2003.
An account of Horgan's efforts to achieve satori in a Zen class.
A profile of the German anthropologist and authority on shamanism Christian Ratsch.
A profile of Diana Alstad and Joel Kramer, authors of The Guru Papers.
A profile of the Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast.
A profile of the British Buddhist Stephen Batchelor.
Profile of guru Andrew Cohen, founder of What Is Enlightenment?
MISCELLANEOUS
A list of articles written for Scientific American and other publications.