Quantifying Vitality

Jackson Lears

Statistics in the Progressive Era were more than mere signs of a managerial government’s early efforts to sort and categorize its citizens.

Data and the Task of the Humanities

Leif Weatherby

We have automated the society of clues to act on its own divinations, with consequences far beyond the individual.

To Have and To Hold

Becca Rothfeld

In the end, your collection always ends up collecting you.

O imitators, you slavish herd!

Christopher Sandford

In the event you needed any further bad news in this year of the coronavirus pandemic, you’ll find it in this piercing, distressing, and shaming account of our tendency to follow the herd.

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Questioning the Quantified Life

Numbers may be our greatest tool, but do we use them wisely?


Of Continuing Interest

A selection of articles from the archives

Do Women Exist?

Mary Townsend

We American women do now find ourselves in a bit of an existential predicament with regard to the being-ness of being a woman.

What Is It Like to Be a Man?

Phil Christman

What is this thing we’re trying to be?

A Word on Behalf of Good Haters

Jeffrie G. Murphy

Since some hatred seems universal among human beings, the emotion probably was once evolutionarily advantageous.

On Frank Speech

Matthew B. Crawford

The role of frank speech in democratic culture is something worth considering, especially in light of the renewed ferment over political correctness.