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The End of War
Far from being ancient, innate and inevitable, war is a cultural phenomenon that culture can help us transcend.
War Is Our Most Urgent Problem. Let's Solve It
"Cross-check" (Scientific American blog), August 12, 2014.
"Will War Ever End?"
Review of Steven Pinker's "The Better Angels of Our Nature," Slate, October 3, 2011
No, War Is Not Inevitable.
A rebuttal of the deep-roots theory of warfare. Discover, June 2012. http://discovermagazine.com/2012/jun/02-no-war-is-not-inevitable
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 God Experiments
A survey of cognitive, evolutionary, genetic, neural and biochemical theories of mystical and religious experiences, Discover, December 2006.
The Final Frontier
Horgan examines how the arguments in his controversial 1996 book The End of Science have held up.
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.
In Defense of Common Sense
An essay arguing against the tendency of that some modern physicists and other scientists to denigrate common sense as a guide for judging theories. New York Times, August 12, 2005.
Can a Single Brain Cell Think?
Investigation of controversial "grandmother-cell" hypothesis. Discover, June 2005.
Keeping the Faith in My Doubt
An essay on whether atheists, agnostics, and other un-believers need their own movement. Published in the New York Times, oped page, Sunday, December 12, 2004.
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.
Rational Mysticism Outtakes