Democratic state capitalism is now the only fully legitimated social system; for that very reason, it has become a limit. Second, and more importantly, we have no rational and secular means of adjudicating the possibility—often adduced in the lead-up to modernity—that we live in a regime of relative experiential poverty. We can’t compare the qualities of past lifeworlds to present ones; we just don’t know whether they’re better or worse. But we do know that the system we have is not as good—I prefer to say not as “perfect”—as we can imagine a society to be.
The Universe certainly formed stars, at one point, for the very first time. But we haven’t found them yet. Here’s what everyone should know.
A toxicologist explains the impacts of antidepressants on fish — and no, they’re not getting any happier.
Ancient humans crossed the Bering Strait land bridge from Asia into North America. But some of them went back.
Some experiences continue to pay dividends time and time again.
To answer that question, we may have to figure out when the famed painter started to go bald.