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"Luck is statistics taken personally"
— Penn Jillette

What Scares The New Atheists

“Religion is implicated in many human evils. Of course this is true. But the fault is not with religion, any more than science is to blame for the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The fault is in the intractable human animal. Like religion at its worst, contemporary atheism feeds the fantasy that human life can be remade by a conversion experience – in this case, conversion to unbelief” (4,100 words)

American Democracy Is Doomed

If we take seriously the claims made by politicians and political scientists that the American system of government is tending towards polarisation and paralysis, we should accept the possibility that the system may break down completely; not this year or next year, but in, say, 20-30 years. “If we seem to be unsustainably lurching from crisis to crisis, it’s because we are unsustainably lurching from crisis to crisis” (5,300 words)

Disunited Kingdom: London’s Ascent

As London grows ever bigger and richer, a great world city, it grows apart from the rest of Britain. It may be the most diverse big city in world history. More than a third of the population is foreign-born. White Britons are in a minority. Property prices are sky-high, driven up by international buyers. “Britain should prepare for political disruption as its capital becomes a world of its own” (1,885 words)

MH370: The Vanishing

The loss of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 revisited. After last week’s almost-persuasive argument that hijackers landed the plane in Kazakhstan, here’s a deep dive into the post-crash investigation, which assumes that the plane was lost in the Indian Ocean, and that most of the subsequent mystery was created by the Malaysian government’s attempts to cover up the incompetence of its own air-traffic controllers (6,820 words)

New York In A Nuclear War

A single 800-kiloton nuclear warhead detonated a mile above midtown Manhattan would instantly vaporise the buildings below; a blast wave following one second later would flatten every structure in a three-mile radius; within minutes an unsurvivable firestorm would rage across a seven-mile radius; the winds would carry radioactive fallout far and wide. Russia has 700 such warheads, 30 minutes from Manhattan (1,830 words)

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