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Microbes on Venus May Herald Human Extinction (Though Not in the Way You Think)

Posted by on Sep 22, 2020 on quillette.com

This week’s report that astronomers have discovered possible evidence of life on Venus is good news for science journalists. But it may be...

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Saudi Arabia: The Pragmatic Case for Constructive Engagement

Posted by on Sep 22, 2020 on quillette.com

There’s a compelling case that the US and UK should completely cut ties with one of the world’s most repressive regimes that...

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Dr. Norman C. Wang and Selective Outrage

Posted by on Sep 21, 2020 on quillette.com

Back in March 2020, a University of Pittsburgh physician by the name of Norman C. Wang published an article in the Journal of the American...

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As City Budgets Shrink, It’s Time to Rethink Recycling Programs

Posted by on Sep 21, 2020 on quillette.com

The COVID recession has caused tax revenues to plummet, forcing cities and states to make painful budget cuts. But as they struggle to...

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Down the 1619 Project’s Memory Hole

Posted by on Sep 19, 2020 on quillette.com

The history of the American Revolution isn’t the only thing the New York Times is revising through its 1619 Project. The “paper of record”...

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Then They Came for Beethoven

Posted by on Sep 19, 2020 on quillette.com

This week, Vox published an article titled “How Beethoven’s 5th Symphony put the classism in classical music.” “Since its 1808 premiere,...

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How the Nonbinary Trend Hurts Those with Real Gender Dysphoria

Posted by on Sep 19, 2020 on quillette.com

Within the conversation about transgender rights has emerged a debate about whether nonbinary people should be considered transgender....

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PODCAST 112: Sex Neuroscientist Debra Soh on Her New Book, The End of Gender

Posted by on Sep 18, 2020 on quillette.com

Quillette Editor Jonathan Kay talks to scientist and author Dr Debra Soh about the misinformation being peddled to young people about...

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Postmodernism: Some Corrections and Clarifications

Posted by on Sep 18, 2020 on quillette.com

Before I proceed with a brief discussion of postmodernism and its contribution to the 20th century thought, a clarification: contrary to...

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The Dishonest and Misogynistic Hate Campaign Against J.K. Rowling

Posted by on Sep 18, 2020 on quillette.com

When J. K. Rowling first outed herself as a gender-critical feminist, my first thought was: If Rowling can be cancelled, anyone can be...

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Black Lives Matter and the Mechanics of Conformity

Posted by on Sep 17, 2020 on quillette.com

The death of George Floyd in May, circulated in a bystander’s excruciating video clip, reignited furious and sometimes violent protests...

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Corruption and Remorse—The Novels of a Watergate Conspirator

Posted by on Sep 16, 2020 on quillette.com

As an avid reader of pop fiction, I’m more partial to the Nixon administration than any other White House. The Reagan years may have...

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Don’t Listen to the Outrage. ‘Cuties’ Is a Great Film

Posted by on Sep 16, 2020 on quillette.com

If you’d asked me a month ago what could possibly break through a news cycle dominated by the biggest global pandemic in a century, the...

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Lessons of the Pinker Affair: The Problem with the Academy is False Beliefs, Not Intolerance

Posted by on Sep 16, 2020 on quillette.com

Earlier this summer, over 600 signatories signed an open letter to the Linguistic Society of America (LSA), denouncing Steven Pinker for...

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Reports of Liberalism’s Death—A Reply to Yoram Hazony

Posted by on Sep 15, 2020 on quillette.com

Funeral dirges for liberalism are all the rage these days: google “liberalism is over,” and you’ll discover a lengthy bibliography of...

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PODCAST 111: Suzi Jamil on Think Inc, Heterodox Thinking, and Australia’s Flourishing Intellectual Marketplace

Posted by on Sep 15, 2020 on quillette.com

Quillette Editor-in-Chief Claire Lehmann talks to Think Inc Founder Suzi Jamil about the rewards and challenges of bringing the world’s...

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Patient Safety and the Medical Omerta

Posted by on Sep 15, 2020 on quillette.com

September 17th, 2020 will mark the second anniversary of the World Health Organisation’s World Patient Safety Day, a sign of the progress...

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The Rule of the Masses

Posted by on Sep 14, 2020 on quillette.com

As cities burn across a divided United States of America, it is worth considering some of the conditions that foment the country’s...

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Anti-Racist Structuralists and Non-Racist Culturalists

Posted by on Sep 13, 2020 on quillette.com

As the long hot summer of 2020 draws to a close, many Americans may feel as though they are living through an unraveling: an uncontrolled...

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The Failure of Fusionism

Posted by on Sep 12, 2020 on quillette.com

Conservative parties throughout the West are in crisis. This may not be fully understood by simply looking at recent election results, as...

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