World Affairs

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Should I Stay, or Should I Go: Holidays in the Age...

The burden of isolation is heavy, but the risk of get-togethers is great.
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Yes Elon, There Is Space Law

The language surrounding space colonization invites comparison with Manifest Destiny and conjures images of the private pillaging of a shared resource.
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Expertise and the “Building Distrust” of Public Health Agencies

When it comes to public health, is one voice just as good as any other? And what might be the requirements for justified disbelief?
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Medical Privacy and the Public’s Right to Know

How can we determine when public interest should trump politician's personal rights?
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The Continued Saga of Education During COVID-19

How can we design an educational model in our current circumstances that might serve everyone's needs from children to parents to teachers?
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Waiting for a Coronavirus Vaccine? Watch Out for Self-Deception

Optimism can sometimes infect belief-formation. And once it takes hold, it's extremely difficult to uncouple.
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Anti-Maskers and the Dangers of Collective Endorsement

Anonymity in the online environment renders expertise obsolete. Do facts stand a chance?
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Causality and the Coronavirus

The difficulty in grasping technical relations like 'causation'—aided by the spread of misinformation on social media—is leading the public to misinterpret (and misrepresent) key data.
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Against Abstinence-Based COVID-19 Policies

Colleges' policies regarding students and gatherings offers another lesson about using ideal theory in a non-ideal world.
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On “Doing Your Own Research”

For many, the pandemic is only further tarnishing science's name. But we need to raise the bar for what does (and does not) constitute research.