Steven Poole is the author of Rethink: the Surprising History of New Ideas, Unspeak, Trigger Happy, You Aren't What You Eat, and Who Touched Base in my Thought Shower? His website is stevenpoole.net.
They might not be stupid but they suffer from “vices of the mind”: arrogance, imperviousness to evidence, and an inability to deal with mistakes.
The digital age was supposed to be democratic, but under Google, Facebook and Twitter it has become a quest for profit at any cost.
On selfies and Nabokov, Fitbit and Brexit, Scott’s book veers between the superficial and the illuminating.
The idea of Skin in the Game is straightforward. People who make decisions ought to be exposed to the consequences if they are wrong.
Two books by Evan Davis and Matthew d’Ancona explore the concept of post-truth.
In From Bacteria to Bach and Back, Daniel C Dennett investigates the evolution of consciousness.
A new outpouring of books show masculinity isn’t in crisis, human beings are.
How the craze for Apple Watches, Fitbits and other wearable tech devices revives the old and discredited science of behaviourism.
The moment it was accepted that Aristotle had not been right about everything was a crucial turning point in the history of science.
The latest book by anarchist anthropologist David Graeber reveals the technological age as one of total bureacracy.