Articles of Note

With his “free-energy principle,” the neuroscientist Karl Friston believes he has discovered the organizing principle of all life. Unfortunately, no one can understand it... more »

New Books

Toward the end of his life, René Girard’s views darkened. “More than ever, I am convinced that history has meaning,” he wrote. “Its meaning is terrifying”... more »

Essays & Opinions

Want to be an artist? Jerry Saltz has some advice: Know what you hate, scavenge, be delusional, and, of course, accept that you will probably be poor... more »