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The Importance of Dark Sky Preserves

Like the world’s dwindling forests, the stars at night are also in danger of disappearing.

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The Death of a Brother

The sorrow, regret and guilt at the death of a sibling hit émigrés hard.

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The Non-exemplary Lives of Economists

Can privileged social scientists produce great breakthroughs?

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Contemplating Culture Wars: From the Alhambra to India

Every country I have lived in has had a history of culture wars, but at the same time also a history of cultural cross-fertilization.

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Is Critical Race Theory Too Complex for U.S. Politics?

Today’s problems call for less binary and more systems thinking

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The Tourist Conquest of Space

Is private space flight just a thrill for the highly privileged, a horse race for U.S. billionaires?

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We Can Love Electric Cars, But Let’s Not Spurn Biofuels

Right now, electric cars have the momentum and the “inevitability” narrative on their side. Is the idea of pursuing two paths forward a waste of money?

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From Ideology to Confusionism: The End of the Isms?”

Are we finally reaching the post-ideological age? Given the complexity of today’s world, that would represent major progress.

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The Complexity of Split Identities

What it is like being Chinese in Indonesia.

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An Evolving American Language

The American language becomes inclusive, gender neutral and racialized, as well as ugly and inaccurate.

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