Content by 2013-2015 Sinai and Synapses Fellows
In the modern West, the initiation into adulthood is a long, messy, and rather undignified process with no clear endpoint.
Much as we should continue honoring membership in a people, we should also acknowledge the ways that people can be Jewish, do Jewish, and experience Jewish in more ephemeral ways.
For millennia, music has marked moments of transition in our lives.
How can we rethink work, play and their incentives in the new landscape of post-COVID America?
Perhaps the real risk is not the artificial intelligence itself, but our relationship to it as human beings.
Many of the greatest research breakthroughs come when the insights or discoveries of one field illuminate the problems of another, or when researchers from only semi-related disciplines get together to swap ideas.
As people unmoored from vertically transmitted traditions cast desperately around for something to believe in, things are going to get weird. No, scratch that. Weirder.
People need tribes and culture – things that liberalism tends to dissolve.
Who benefits from the policies white progressives are advocating? Are we fighting for racial justice, or for someone else’s justice? Or for no one’s? Until I know, I will be slow to speak and quick to question orthodoxies.
There is a unique danger of data wonkishness: putting so much stock in scientific abstractions that reality itself becomes invisible.
One unique danger globalization poses is hypercoherence, or maladaptive syncing between independent parts of a complex system. With the rapid spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus around the world we’re seeing firsthand some of hypercoherence’s dangers.
Prayer is not a substitute for action. Rather, it is a preparation for it and often a summons to it.