Some see a shallow sitcom or feather-light comedy. Matt Zoller Seitz sees "radical sincerity" in Glee, "one of the most stylistically bold broadcast network shows since Twin Peaks."
Has how we think about lofty things - like the meaning of life - been hijacked by a deep-pocketed foundation that successfully combines elite research and broad dissemination?
New companies are creating sophisticated digital backups of individuals that can, in some sense, make one immortal, even if copying consciousness remains beyond current technology.
In an effort to spice up the classroom and dodge patient privacy concerns, psychology professors are teaching pathologies of fictional characters, like Twilight's vampire, Edward.
Levels of testosterone in women partly determine how much they trust men, according to a Dutch study published in the U.S. The results support skepticism as an important adaptive trait.
Downloading free music may eventually disenfranchise listeners, says Cris Ruen at The Big Money, because musicians will be desperate for whatever corporate patronage comes their way.
Diet, naps and exercise are three areas important to a good night's rest, says Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan. Eight hours isn't a magic number; relax and let your body determine the right amount.
"Today's conservatives have conjured a mythic Reagan who never compromised with America's enemies and never shrank from a fight. But the real Reagan did both those things, often," says Peter Beinart.
After working in Tanzania, a British doctor reflects on the pitfalls of expressing excessive amounts of sympathy, even in the face of abject poverty.
Google's new translation tools are helping to make a truly universal Internet by translating pages into 57 different languages; the company is developing photo and voice recognition, too.
"There was a great fashion in the last century, and it's still with us, of the unenjoyable novel," says Martin Amis. "And these are the novels which win prizes."
An recent English study has found that exposure to secondhand smoke makes non-smokers more vulnerable to psychological distress and hospitalization for mental illness.
Gary Becker and Richard Posner weigh in on African development, which has weathered the current economic storm better than any advanced economy. Will Africa finally take off?
"Is a world with people in it better than one without?" asks Peter Singer of Princeton. How do we justify brining new human life into the world amidst so much suffering and unprecedented crises?
Those who worry that the Internet promotes mediocrity should consider the printing press, says Clay Shirky: pulp writing accompanied peer reviewed science and booming literacy rates.