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Mark Buchanan

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Admit what you don’t know

Research in science, medicine or economics is most valuable when it is unbiased, with researchers honestly reporting the limitations of their results. It’s a...

Too many jobs feel meaningless because they are

As earnings season is upon us, it’s worth asking: Does business create value the way it once did?One sign it doesn’t is a significant...

Battling the tyranny of big data

The data scientists writing the algorithms that drive giants like Alphabet Inc. (Google) and Facebook Inc. are today's technology wizards, and companies and governments...

Humanity may be losing a race with its own growth

Humanity is engaged in a high-stakes race with its own growth: Lest our use of energy and materials get out of control, we must...

Economists can tell you what you should want

NEW YORK - At its best, economics is the study of what makes people better off, and how they can have more of it....

What economists don’t get about climate change

Economists tend to see climate change as a big optimization problem: Weigh the potential costs of future disasters against the benefits of fossil-fueled economic...

Physics says solar is the best kind of energy

When world leaders assemble in Paris next month for the United Nations Climate Conference, they will have to consider a difficult issue: Where humans...

Math helps explain how the rich are different

Is extreme wealth inequality in the U.S. something that government can or should address? The answer depends on how it arises. If everybody has...

Will Americans please stop undermining the truth?

NEW YORK - People believe all kinds of crazy things. Three out of four Americans believe there are signs that aliens from outer space...

Can we leave nature behind?

The typical approach to environmentalism involves finding ways for humans to live in harmony with nature. But what if that's wrong? What if our...
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