We need to enact policies founded on solid research — more importantly, though, we have to stop suppressing research into hot topics.
Without expressing and evaluating ideas, we would never be able to determine what's right or wrong.
In practice, no one has ever developed a democracy that works particularly well if judged in absolute terms. But all the alternatives so far have been worse.
When we see problems in the world, we're quick to blame someone—anyone—who should be providing peace, love, and harmony. But the universe actually bends toward chaos and decay.
It might seem like humanity disagrees over basic values, but the data is in: we actually don't.
"The starting point for understanding inequality in the context of human progress is to recognize that income inequality is not a fundamental component of well-being."