You can't speculate about technology without speculating about society

We're living in a time of extreme technological change. Gadgets that didn't exist a decade ago are shaping your existence. So we need science fiction, more than ever, to speculate about the future of technology. But here's the hard part: You can't speculate about technological change without also speculating about… » 2/17/14 12:32pm 2/17/14 12:32pm

The Purge could be this year's most hamfisted political movie

In The Purge, a suburban family is put through hell because right wingers came up with a plan to eliminate the poor and the sick. And we all come face to face with how broken the American dream really is. Yadda yadda. Basically, it's like this year's Atlas Shrugged or Now: a clunky and implausible political screed in… » 6/07/13 9:00am 6/07/13 9:00am

Charles Darwin ruminates on the pros and cons of marriage

Charles Darwin married his cousin, Emma Wedgwood, in January 1839 — but not before giving it some serious thought. In the months leading up to his marriage proposal in November of 1838, the preeminent naturalist maintained a number of lists, scrawled in his journal, dedicated to the pros and cons of marriage, and the… » 8/14/12 1:20pm 8/14/12 1:20pm

Computer simulation reveals why it's hard to export democracy to the…

Why are so many societies based on hierarchy rather than egalitarian values, despite the fact that evidence suggests ancient human communities were often fairly egalitarian? Stanford researchers wanted to find out. So they designed a computer simulation that compared two basic types of societies: egalitarian ones, in… » 9/29/11 8:00am 9/29/11 8:00am

Nothing Like an Alien Death Orgy Where Rich Eat Poor

Poor Bill. He's just found out that his rich Beverly Hills family is actually a bunch of incestuous, polymorphous aliens who have raised him for food. Now his parents and their rich alien friends have kidnapped him and his friend David, and are going to eat them in a giant orgy. That just one tiny part of the fun in… » 11/15/07 12:40pm 11/15/07 12:40pm