Essays

Exorcising a New Machine (3 Quarks Daily, 2022)

Agents in the Ether (Inference, 2022)

Scientific Models and Individual Experience (3 Quarks Daily, 2022)

On Reading a Defense of William Shockley (3 Quarks Daily, 2022)

Which Scientific Bets Should Be Denied? (3 Quarks Daily, 2022)

Philip Anderson’s Emergence as Himself (3 Quarks Daily, 2021)

Scavenging Science: On John Horgan and Tao Lin (3 Quarks Daily, 2021)

Meat and Pets: A Double Feature (3 Quarks Daily, 2021)

The Movie That Watches You (3 Quarks Daily, 2021)

Guessing With Physics (3 Quarks Daily, 2021)

The Slightly Wrong Physics of Spinning Muons (3 Quarks Daily, 2021)

The Limits of Conspiracy Debunking (3 Quarks Daily, 2021)

Glassholes Revisited (3 Quarks Daily, 2021)

Science and The Phenomenon (3 Quarks Daily, 2021)

The World and Its Mask (3 Quarks Daily, 2020)

Easy to Defend, Hard to Believe (3 Quarks Daily, 2020)

Tesla at the Movies (3 Quarks Daily, 2020)

Things Hang Together, Things Fall Apart (3 Quarks Daily, 2020)

Atoms for Aliens? (3 Quarks Daily, 2020)

Twilight of the Quantum Idols (3 Quarks Daily, 2020)

Inventing the Universe (The New Atlantis, 2020)

Steven Weinberg Glimpses the Promised Land (The New Atlantis, 2019)

Higher Laughter: On Jim Holt (Los Angeles Review of Books, 2018)

Did Thomas Kuhn Kill Truth? (The New Atlantis, 2018)

Pop Goes the Physics (The New Atlantis, 2017)

Does Science Need Hollywood? (Los Angeles Review of Books, 2015)

Unlocking the Treasures (Skeptical Inquirer, 2015)

Psychedelics for Suburbanites (Motherboard, 2015)

The Prophets Leave Hometown: Three Physicists Try Philosophy (Los Angeles Review of Books, 2015)

Data Grubbers: Epidemiology, Sabermetrics, Octopus Paul, and You (Los Angeles Review of Books, 2015)

Skin in the Game: Two Versions of Cheap Meat (2014)

Sleeping at Arcosanti (2014)

How Physics is Like Three-Chord Rock (Nautilus, 2013)

Something in the Water: Chinatown and L.A.’s Originary Sin (Motherboard, 2013)

A Visit to the Shell of the Bomb (Motherboard, 2013)

Fairy Tale Physics and Poisoned Cocktails (Los Angeles Review of Books, 2013)

Quantum Absolutism: Lee Smolin’s Time Reborn (Los Angeles Review of Books, 2013)

Higgs for the Masses (2013)

Objectivity (2011)

Review: The Existential Pleasures of Engineering (2010)

Review: The Blank Slate (2010)