Why B.F. Skinner May Have Been The Most Dangerous Psychologist Ever

B.F. Skinner gave us concepts like "conditioned behavior," "positive reinforcement," and even "time-outs" for children. But he was also a radical among psychologists who cast aside notions of dignity and free will. Here's why Skinner continues to be relevant — and even a bit dangerous. » 3/21/14 11:00am 3/21/14 11:00am

7 Utopias that Changed the Future

Though "Utopia" means "nowhere," many real-life societies have been strongly influenced by various concepts of a perfect realm where humans live in harmony with each other. Here are some of the most influential Utopian visions — and how they changed our distinctly non-Utopian world. » 3/11/14 12:07pm 3/11/14 12:07pm

Will Avengers 2 pave the way for Black Panther and Black Widow movies?

A Game of Thrones star says the show could become a movie. David Fincher is remaking the British series Utopia in the U.S. Find out why Cap's costume is changing in Captain America 2. A new promo may have answered a major Walking Dead question. And a familiar face is coming to Person of Interest. Spoilers now! » 2/14/14 6:00am 2/14/14 6:00am

How My Little Pony's Equestria resembles Plato's utopian Republic

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic draws on everything from the musicals of Stephen Sondheim to Lord of the Rings. But is their a classic philosophical touch to the social structure of pony-filled land of Equestria? An essay on the aptly titled site Overthinking It examines the parallels between Equestria and… » 12/22/12 10:30am 12/22/12 10:30am

Things From Thomas More's Utopia That Have Come True Today

You probably think we'll never actually live in Utopia — because Utopia is a perfect society that can never be achieved in real life. But think again. Thomas More's Utopia, the book that gave us the word for a perfect society in the first place, contains a large number of somewhat wacky descriptions of how the Utopians … » 12/11/12 1:14pm 12/11/12 1:14pm

The people who built Utopia two centuries ago

Communes once dotted the United States. Their occupants believed that if we just gave up sexual prudery and practice free love, the world would be better. Others abhorred the use of animals as servants and tried to live without animal products or labor. Others fell in love with the concept of socialism. Yes, it was a… » 7/01/11 3:12pm 7/01/11 3:12pm

15 Reasons To Live For The Next 10 Years

The 2000s left us feeling battered, but the 2010s are looking awesome. Thanks to recent scientific research and an explosion of cultural interest in science fiction, there are at least 15 brilliant reasons to stick around for another decade. » 12/30/09 6:35pm 12/30/09 6:35pm

Say Hello to Your Shiny, Happy Future

Just as we were asking ourselves when this dreary dystopian fad was going to wear off » 11/02/08 8:00am 11/02/08 8:00am, news comes from a sunnier side of the universe. We’ve been plagued with so many movies and books that paint the future as a big, bad place to live that I’ve started to wonder if I should build a bomb shelter or just stock up on…

Ephemerisle Is Waterworld With a More Realistic Budget

Last Friday, Milton Friedman's grandson Patri Friedman and his fledgling Seasteading Institute had their first ever conference. Equipped with half a million dollars from PayPal founder Peter Thiel, the Institute wants to eventually build a fixed, independent structure off the coast of San Francisco called Ephemerisle… » 10/18/08 12:30pm 10/18/08 12:30pm

Disco Skating In The Twenty-Fifth Century With Buck Rogers

If you don't know why the early-1980s Buck Rogers in the 25th Century TV series is damn near perfect, then this clip from the episode "Escape from Wedded Bliss" will explain it all to you. Earth is in danger because evil Princess Ardala (wearing the purple spangly lingerie and tiara) has declared that she'll use her… » 10/09/07 3:38pm 10/09/07 3:38pm