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Defending Darwin

Lessons learned from teaching evolution at the University of Kentucky, where Darwinism is almost “synonymous with atheism”. Evolution comes at the start of the biology course for non-majors; “most semesters, a significant number of students abruptly leave as soon as they realise the topic is human evolution”. The confusion begins with the words theory of evolution. Students assume “theory” means “guesswork” (2,200 words)

The Decline Of Marriage

It’s the wrong thing for the right reason. “To explain a social crisis, you first have to establish that a crisis is occurring. There is no major dimension on which American children are doing worse in 2015 than they were in 1975. That should be a huge giveaway that the decline of marriage is a consequence of something good — prosperity, especially for women — rather than a cause or a consequence of something bad” (1,260 words)

Uber For Everything

Tech companies are eating the world; because if you own the technology for an industry, then you can own the industry too, or at least its customers. Uber wrote the playbook with its conquest of the taxi market. Tesla built a car from the tech outwards. Facebook’s bid to host content from mainstream publishers may be the shrewdest gambit since Microsoft put its operating system on to IBM personal computers (826 words)

The Mile-High Building

Building a mile-high skyscraper, twice the height of the Burj Khalifa, should present no fundamental technical problems if a developer has the money and permissions and hubris to want such a thing. It would “most likely be a cheerleading squad of three or four towers standing hip to hip with a skinny companion on their shoulders”. A two-mile-high skyscraper would take some work, though: The lifts would be hell on the sinuses (2,520 words)

The Shock Of The Pretty

Reflections on watching seven seasons of Mad Men. A triumph of style. But things that matter are deliberately swamped by things that look good. The serious issues of the 1960s — racism, sexism, homophobia, war — are made to seem an organic part of America’s growing-up. “The adult straight white America of the new millennium permits itself to shake its head with bemused affection for its impetuous younger self” (6,800 words)

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