Popular Media Articles (Select):
October 2021. Against longtermism. Aeon. HERE.
September 2021. Can We Clean Up the Mess We've Created? Salon. HERE.
July 2021. The Dangerous Ideas of "Longtermism" and "Existential Risk." Current Affairs. HERE.
June 2021. Godless grifters: How the New Atheists merged with the far right. Salon. HERE.
May 2021. Scared Straight: How Prophets of Doom Might Save the World. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. HERE.
May 2021. Our Planet, Our Future"—Another Desperate Plea for Humanity to Wake Up. Common Dreams. HERE.
November 2020. The Future of Philosophy is CYBORG. Philosophy Now. HERE.
August 2020. Sam Harris and Donald Trump: They're Completely Different ... Yet Very Much Alike. Salon. HERE.
December 2019. Why an Existential Risk Expert Finds Hope in Humanity’s Certain Doom. OneZero. HERE.
December 2019. 2040 Vision: What Will the Triangle Look Like After the Robots Take Over? IndyWeek. HERE.
October 2019. Who Wants to Destroy the World? OneZero. HERE.
October 2019. Omniviolence Is Coming and the World Isn't Ready. Nautilus. HERE.
October 2019. Steven Pinker, Sam Harris and the epidemic of annoying white male intellectuals. Salon. HERE.
August 2019. How Human Collapse Could Really Happen. OneZero. HERE.
June 2019. Should Humans Colonize Space? Filling Space. HERE.
June 2019. It’s Time to Rebel Against the Existential Threat of Climate Change. OneZero. HERE.
January 2019. Steven Pinker's fake enlightenment: His book is full of misleading claims and false assertions. Salon. HERE.
November 2018. If 2016 Was the Most Important Election in History, This Is Our Chance to Begin Undoing It. Salon. HERE.
September 2018. The Case for Radically Enhancing Humanity. Slate. HERE.
July 2018. Why We Should Think Twice About Colonizing Space. Nautilus. HERE.
April 2018. The Astronomical Consequences Of An Existential Catastrophe. HuffPost UK. HERE.
October 2017. The Divide Between People Who Hate and Love Artificial Intelligence Is Not Real. Motherboard. HERE.
September 2017. Is this the best possible time to be alive? Sounds ludicrous, right? Salon. HERE.
September 2017. Former Islamist Radical Maajid Nawaz on “Regressive Leftism”—And Why the SPLC has Labeled Him an "Anti-Muslim Extremist." Salon. HERE. [NOTE: I now deeply regret having published this article.]
August 2017. Beyond "New atheism": Where do People Alienated by the Movement’s Obnoxious Tendencies Go from Here? Salon. HERE.
July 2017. From the Enlightenment to the Dark Ages: How "new atheism" slid into the alt-right. Salon. HERE.
July 2017. "New Atheist" Sam Harris—Still Deeply Wrong on Islamic Extremism and Terrorism. Salon. HERE.
July 2017. The Defeat of ISIS Will not Bring the End of Terrorism—More Likely a New Beginning. Salon. HERE.
June 2017. Effective Altruism Says You Can Save the Future by Making Money. Motherboard. HERE.
June 2017. Trump’s scandals are dangerous: Because they’re distracting us from the grave threats to human civilization. Salon. HERE.
May 2017. Today’s Kids Could Live Through Machine Superintelligence, Martian Colonies, and a Nuclear Attack. Motherboard. HERE.
May 2017. Why the “Conceptual Penis” Hoax was a Bust: It Only Reveals the Lack of Skepticism Among Skeptics. Salon. HERE.
May 2017. Yet Another Reason Donald Trump is Bad News: He’s Utterly Lacking in “Integrative Complexity” — and That’s Dangerous. Salon. HERE.
April 2017. It's the end of the world and we know it: Scientists in many disciplines see apocalypse, soon. Salon. HERE.
February 2017. What happens after the next big terrorist attack? Trump is paving the way toward a terrifying crackdown. Salon. HERE.
February 2017. "All political leaders would rather be dictators": Authors of "The Dictator's Handbook" on whether Trump can pull it off (Interview) Salon. HERE.
January 2017. The Only Way to Prevent Another Nuclear Strike Is to Get Rid of All the Nukes. Motherboard. HERE.
January 2017. From startling insight to random insult: A guide to the uses and misuses of "fake news." Salon. HERE.
December 2016. The United States Is Not an Apocalyptic Wasteland, Explains Steven Pinker (Interview with Steven Pinker). Motherboard. HERE.
November 2016. What a Trump Presidency Means for Human Survival. Medium. HERE.
October 2016. Faith in ignorance: Politicians who quote the Bible often don’t know anything about the Bible (Interview). Salon. HERE.
September 2016. How to Fight Extremism with Atheism. TIME. HERE.
September 2016. Our Simulated Universe Is Just One Piece of a Matryoshka Doll of Annihilation. Motherboard. HERE.
August 2016. It's Not Alarmist: Trump and the Republican Party Could Destroy the World. Truthout. HERE.
July 2016. 10 Catastrophes That Could Cause the Extinction of Our Species. Patheos. HERE.
July 2016. The Apocalypse and American Politics. Allthink. HERE.
May 2016. "The evidence is pretty incontrovertible that he doesn't exist": Stephen Colbert's favorite scientist on the universe, naturalism and finding meaning without God (Interview with Sean Carroll). Salon. HERE.
April 2016. Donald Trump thinks he’s a god. Even worse, his supporters agree. Salon. HERE.
April 2016. Is the Future Safe? Church and State. HERE.
March 2016. Donald Trump would be scarier than George W. Bush: His unserious, incendiary approach would damage America for decades—and we should be terrified. Salon. HERE.
March 2016. The Islamic State would not be with us today if the United States hadn't invaded Iraq": Islam, religion, and the interview Donald Trump and Ted Cruz must read now (Interview with Will McCants). Salon. HERE.
February 2016. This threat is worse than ISIS: Once again, we don't understand the real enemy. Salon. HERE.
February 2016. Introducing the Subfield of Agential Riskology. Ethical Technology. HERE.
February 2016. Biodiversity Loss and the Doomsday Clock: An Invisible Disaster Almost No One is Talking About. Common Dreams. HERE.
January 2016. We're No. 16! Why Donald Trump's boorish American exceptionalism is so wrong. Salon. HERE.
January 2016. Curiosity, Superintelligence, and the Benzene Molecule: Some Notes on a Personal Philosophy. Debunking Christianity. HERE.
January 2016. Donald Trump talks at a fourth-grade level. Maybe that's why the Fox News audience loves him. Salon. HERE.
Reposted by AlterNet, HERE. HRR
December 2015. Is this how World War III begins? Religion, end times, terror and the frightening new Middle East tinderbox. Salon. HERE.
December 2015, The United States is scarier than the Islamic State. Salon. HERE.
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