Orion Jones is a writer and theatre director based in Washington DC.
Understanding how science uses certain key concepts can make the difference between parroting pure speculation and taking an evidence-based approach.
Scientific studies show that people like gifts that contradict the holiday giving etiquette.
Knowing what is acceptable to say creates predictability, and predictability frees group members from worry of possibly offending those around them.
Using technology to soften the effects of climate change may soon become a reality.
Torturing a suspect because he or she has knowledge of an imminent attack has more to do with feelings of retribution than the cool-headed utilitarian calculus normally supposed.
Like Odysseus who asks his crew to tie him to the mast as they pass the seductive and deadly Sirens, we sometimes need external constraints to triumph over temptations that run counter to our self interest.