In Mexico, people who are “tocado” — “touched” — reveal that geological traumas, like earthquakes, can destabilize our concepts of health, identity and even time.
by Lachlan Summers
Insects appear to be more intelligent and emotionally complex than we give them credit for. Perhaps, new research suggests, they are even conscious.
by Carrie Arnold
The torrent of accelerated time without narrative is disorienting our society and fragmenting community. Art can help put the pieces back together.
a conversation with Byung-Chul Han
The noble but undervalued craft of maintenance could help preserve modernity’s finest achievements, from public transit systems to power grids, and serve as a useful framework for addressing climate change and other pressing planetary constraints.
by Alex Vuocolo
Dramatically unequal consumption lies at the heart of the climate crisis.
by Genevieve Guenther
For decades, America gave China a vision of future prosperity. But today, America has mostly ceased to offer a model for China or anywhere else, leaving China’s leaders without a guide as they chart a course into a future filled with potential turmoil.
by Jacob Dreyer
Supporting transnational worker organizing should be at the center of the fight for “ethical AI.”
by Adrienne Williams, Milagros Miceli and Timnit Gebru
Despite their great-power rivalry, America and China are more similar than most people think. Both are living through a Gilded Age and struggling to end the excesses of capitalism.
by Yuen Yuen Ang
Contemporary Afro-pessimist intellectuals see no shared identity that can serve as the basis for solidarity between Africans and African Americans.
by Alden Young
The 10,000-year clock is neither a ‘frightening’ ‘distraction,’ as its critics scorn, nor the ‘admirable objective’ its fans claim. It’s something else — a monument to long-term thinking that can unlock a deeper and more thoughtful spirit of interpretive patience.