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December 2022. The Grift Brothers Sam Bankman-Fried, William MacAskill and the moral fraud of Effective Altruism. Truthdig. HERE.


November 2022. What “Longtermism” Gets Wrong about Climate ChangeBulletin of the Atomic Scientists. HERE.

November 2022. What the Sam Bankman-Fried Debacle Can Teach Us about "Longtermism." Salon. HERE.

October 2022. Soup on the Van Gogh: The Painting's Fine, and the Kids Are All RightSalon. HERE.

September 2022. "White Psychodrama" and the Culture Wars: A Self-Reinforcing Cycle, Going Nowhere. Salon. HERE.

September 2022. Selling "Longtermism": How PR and Marketing Drive a Controversial New MovementSalon. HERE.

August 2022: One Potential Side Effect of AI? Human ExtinctionWashington Post. HERE.

August 2022: Understanding "Longtermism": Why this Suddenly Influential Philosophy is so Toxic. Salon HERE.

August 2022: Would "Artificial Superintelligence" Lead to the End of Life on Earth? Salon. HERE.

July 2022: How Elon Musk Sees the Future. Salon. HERE.

April 2022: Elon Musk, Twitter and the FutureSalon. HERE.

October 2021. Against longtermismAeon. 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 rightSalon. HERE.


May 2021. Scared Straight: How Prophets of Doom Might Save the WorldBulletin of the Atomic Scientists. HERE.

May 2021. Our Planet, Our Future"—Another Desperate Plea for Humanity to Wake UpCommon Dreams. HERE.

November 2020. The Future of Philosophy is CYBORGPhilosophy NowHERE.

August 2020. Sam Harris and Donald Trump: They're Completely Different ... Yet Very Much AlikeSalon. HERE.

December 2019. Why an Existential Risk Expert Finds Hope in Humanity’s Certain DoomOneZero. HERE.

December 2019. 2040 Vision: What Will the Triangle Look Like After the Robots Take Over? IndyWeekHERE.

October 2019. Who Wants to Destroy the World? OneZero. HERE.


October 2019. Omniviolence Is Coming and the World Isn't ReadyNautilus. HERE.

October 2019. Steven Pinker, Sam Harris and the epidemic of annoying white male intellectuals. Salon. HERE.

August 2019. How Human Collapse Could Really HappenOneZero. 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 AssertionsSalon. HERE.


November 2018. If 2016 Was the Most Important Election in History, This Is Our Chance to Begin Undoing ItSalon. HERE.

September 2018. The Case for Radically Enhancing HumanitySlateHERE.


July 2018. Why We Should Think Twice About Colonizing SpaceNautilus. HERE.

April 2018. The Astronomical Consequences Of An Existential CatastropheHuffPost 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-RightSalon. HERE.

July 2017. "New Atheist" Sam Harris—Still Deeply Wrong on Islamic Extremism and TerrorismSalon. HERE.

July 2017. The Defeat of ISIS Will not Bring the End of Terrorism—More Likely a New BeginningSalon. HERE.

June 2017. Effective Altruism Says You Can Save the Future by Making MoneyMotherboard. HERE.

June 2017. Trump’s Scandals are Dangerous: Because They’re Distracting Us from the Grave Threats to Human CivilizationSalonHERE.

May 2017. Today’s Kids Could Live Through Machine Superintelligence, Martian Colonies, and a Nuclear AttackMotherboardHERE.

May 2017. Why the “Conceptual Penis” Hoax was a Bust: It Only Reveals the Lack of Skepticism Among SkepticsSalonHERE.

May 2017. Yet Another Reason Donald Trump is Bad News: He’s Utterly Lacking in “Integrative Complexity” — and That’s DangerousSalonHERE.

April 2017. It's the End of the World and We Know it: Scientists in Many Disciplines See Apocalypse, SoonSalon. HERE.

February 2017. What Happens After the Next Big Terrorist Attack? Trump Is Paving the Way Toward a Terrifying CrackdownSalon. HERE.

February 2017. "All Political Leaders Would Rather Be Dictators": Authors of "The Dictator's Handbook" on Whether Trump Can Pull it Off (Interview) SalonHERE.

January 2017. The Only Way to Prevent Another Nuclear Strike Is to Get Rid of All the Nukes. MotherboardHERE.

January 2017. From Startling Insight to Random Insult: A Guide to the Uses and Misuses of "Fake News." SalonHERE.

December 2016. The United States Is Not an Apocalyptic Wasteland, Explains Steven Pinker (Interview with Steven Pinker)MotherboardHERE.

November 2016. What a Trump Presidency Means for Human SurvivalMediumHERE.

October 2016. Faith in Ignorance: Politicians Who Quote the Bible Often Don’t Know Anything About the Bible (Interview)SalonHERE.

September 2016. How to Fight Extremism with AtheismTIMEHERE.

September 2016. Our Simulated Universe Is Just One Piece of a Matryoshka Doll of Annihilation. MotherboardHERE.

August 2016. It's Not Alarmist: Trump and the Republican Party Could Destroy the World. TruthoutHERE.

July 2016. 10 Catastrophes That Could Cause the Extinction of Our SpeciesPatheosHERE.

July 2016. The Apocalypse and American Politics. AllthinkHERE.

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)SalonHERE.

April 2016. We're Speeding Toward a Climate Change Catastrophe—and that Makes 2016 the Most Important Election in a Generation. SalonHERE. Reposted by AlterNet, HERE.

April 2016. Donald Trump Thinks He’s a God. Even Worse, His Supporters AgreeSalon. HERE.

April 2016. Is the Future Safe? Church and State. HERE.


March 2016. Donald Trump Would be Scarier than George W. BushSalonHERE.


March 2016. The Islamic State Would not Be with Us Today if the United States Hadn't Invaded Iraq." (Interview with Will McCants)SalonHERE.

February 2016. This Threat is Worse than ISIS: Once Again, We Don't Understand the Real Enemy. SalonHERE.


February 2016. Introducing the Subfield of Agential RiskologyEthical TechnologyHERE.

February 2016. New Atheism, Meet Existential Risk Studies: Why The Future Depends on These Two Fields CommunicatingThe HumanistHERE. Reposted by the Richard Dawkins Foundation, HERE.

February 2016. Biodiversity Loss and the Doomsday Clock: An Invisible Disaster Almost No One is Talking AboutCommon DreamsHERE.


January 2016. We're No. 16! Why Donald Trump's boorish American exceptionalism is so wrong. SalonHERE.

January 2016. Curiosity, Superintelligence, and the Benzene Molecule: Some Notes on a Personal PhilosophyDebunking ChristianityHERE.


January 2016. Donald Trump Talks at a Fourth-Grade Level. Maybe that's Why the Fox News Audience Loves Him. SalonHERE.

Reposted by AlterNet, HERE. HRR


December 2015. Is this how World War III begins? Religion, End Times, Terror and the Frightening New Middle East TinderboxSalonHERE.


December 2015, The United States Is Scarier than the Islamic StateSalonHERE.

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