I hate to say this, but it's a position I've come to after resisting for years. I go all the way back to hundreds of hours played of the original Civilization, and I respect the franchise so much. But I am forced to admit that after the first 200 turns or so, I get bored to tears by the game these days. Too much… » 10/23/14 7:30pm Thursday 7:30pm

True or false: flu vaccines are less effective than vaccines for rarer diseases because, with so many infections a year, the virus mutates and evolves more quickly, making the antibodies you develop less likely to counteract the particular strain of influenza you might encounter. » 10/23/14 8:36am Thursday 8:36am

I'm writing a thing about it. I waited forever for this book and I really wanted to love it. I really, legitimately did. (And I'm tempted not to say anything because everybody will just assume I'm a hater for going against the grain on it.) But I find the mannered style to be almost unreadable, even while I… » 10/21/14 5:41pm Tuesday 5:41pm

Of course, the term "conspiracy theory" is constantly used to dismiss the bad behavior of the powerful. See, for the perfect example, Gary Webb, who's courageous reporting on the CIA's role in the crack trade in American cities was roundly mocked as conspiracy theorizing, destroying his life, and it was only years… » 10/14/14 9:40am 10/14/14 9:40am

You're not wrong to say that the blanket presumption of guilt regarding sex crimes is a growing phenomenon in liberal circles, and is incompatible with justice (for accusers and accused alike). Carceral feminism is a large and growing problem for the left. Particularly damaging because it's the same people who are… » 10/11/14 11:50am 10/11/14 11:50am

I don't know why people are struggling with this: the obvious point of the piece is that race is not an objective, biologically-inscribed phenomenon but a socially-negotiated construct. Meanwhile, racism is a real phenomenon that people face. You can agree or disagree on either point but it hardly seems complicated or… » 10/10/14 1:21pm 10/10/14 1:21pm