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Jeffrey Epstein and the Decadence of Science

Jeffrey Epstein and the Decadence of Science

As World War I wound down, the gloomy German scholar (is there any other kind?) Oswald Spengler argued in The Decline of the West that civilizations, like organisms, pass through a natural life cycle. After an era of vigorous growth, they ossify and die. Each civilization’s science follows this same trajectory. An initial spurt of creativity and…

Will Yellowstone Erupt Soon and Kill Us All?

Will Yellowstone Erupt Soon and Kill Us All?

I get asked about Yellowstone at least a few times a month. It’s almost never a question about the gorgeous geysers, hot springs, mud pots, or other hydrothermal features. People don’t even ask me where the Yellowstone hotspot was hanging out before it got to Wyoming (I’m going to tell you about it in an…