by Miles Klee  When doing the right thing is too hard, we give up and let fate run wild To outsiders, the way Americans have resisted all measures for controlling the spread of COVID-19 — and successfully pushed for “reopening” in a good many states, despite testing failures and the absence of a vaccine — must seem ludicrous. Has any culture lived in such denial, or appeared so bent on self-destruction? I can’t say for sure. But I also know that this attitude is far from unprecedented. We are a people who face danger with reckless abandon, just drunk enough … Continue reading AMERICA IS OFFICIALLY IN ‘FUCK IT’ MODE

Why Science Denialism Persists

Two new books explore what motivates people to reject science — and why it’s so hard to shake deep-seated beliefs. BY ELIZABETH SVOBODA TO HEAR SOME EXPERTS tell it, science denial is mostly a contemporary phenomenon, with climate change deniers and vaccine skeptics at the vanguard. Yet the story of Galileo Galilei reveals just how far back denial’s lineage stretches. Years of astronomical sightings and calculations had convinced Galileo that the Earth, rather than sitting at the center of things, revolved around a larger body, the sun. But when he laid out his findings in widely shared texts, as astrophysicist Mario Livio writes in “Galileo … Continue reading Why Science Denialism Persists


by Eddie Kim  It’s hard to feel sorry for places that have long served as hubs of privilege, but that also ignores the imagination and ambition they imbue the rest of the restaurant business with David Chang is in mourning. And when you gaze upon the fine-dining apocalypse, it’s easy to understand why.  His cozy little restaurant Momofuku Ssam Bar helped redefine the idea of fine dining in the mid-aughts, becoming one of the rare instances of that cliche actually ringing true. It “rewrote the rules by which critically acclaimed restaurants were supposed to operate,” New York Times critic Pete Wells noted in a glowing … Continue reading THE FINE-DINING APOCALYPSE IS HERE. SHOULD WE CARE?

It didn’t have to be this way

A bioethicist at the heart of the Italian coronavirus crisis asks: why won’t we talk about the trade-offs of the lockdown? Silvia Camporesi is an associate professor in bioethics and society at King’s College London, where she is also director of the master’s programme. She is interested in everything related to emerging biotechnologies, genetics, ethics, gender and sport. Edited by Sally Davies What ‘home’ means isn’t an abstract question in a pandemic. It becomes a concrete matter of where, and with whom, you wish to be confined – if you’re lucky enough to have the choice, that is. I flew from … Continue reading It didn’t have to be this way

The Best and Worst Case Scenarios for the Future of Nightlife

We asked some experts for their thoughts on a potential utopia, and potential dystopia. By Sirin Kale; photos by Sian Bradley This article originally appeared on VICE UK. Even when the coronavirus lockdown eases, it’s likely that nightclubs and festivals will be among the last businesses to recover: who can imagine packing onto a crowded, sweaty dance floor before a vaccine is operational? To make matters worse, in South Korea – where the virus was dealt with so successfully that they only had a handful of cases left in the second week of May – a new outbreak has been linked to young people going to nightclubs in Seoul. But what’s … Continue reading The Best and Worst Case Scenarios for the Future of Nightlife

The lure of fascism

Fascism promised radical national renewal and supreme power to the people. Are we in danger of a fascist revival today? Jonathan Wolff is a philosopher and academic. He is is the Alfred Landecker Professor of Values and Public Policy and Governing Body Fellow at Wolfson College at the University of Oxford. His latest book is An Introduction to Moral Philosophy(2018). Edited by Nigel Warburton Ours is the age of the rule by ‘strong men’: leaders who believe that they have been elected to deliver the will of the people. Woe betide anything that stands in the way, be it the political opposition, … Continue reading The lure of fascism

Why young people commit crime and how moral education could help – new research

by Neema Trivedi-BatemanSenior lecturer in Criminology, Anglia Ruskin University Disclosure statement Dr Neema Trivedi-Bateman received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to carry out this work. There is a significant link between moral emotions and offending behaviour in young people. Moral emotions are learnt – and more attention needs to be given to the teaching of morals in childhood to address this link between morality and crime. My research has proved that young people are more likely to carry out violent acts if they have weak empathy, shame and guilt, and if they do not feel violence … Continue reading Why young people commit crime and how moral education could help – new research