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Scientist: Humans Have Been Getting Stupider for Thousands of Years

Idiocracy wasn’t a movie, but a documentary. Gerald Crabtree, the leader of a genetics laboratory at Stanford University, argues that humans evolved to be hunter/gatherers–a high risk occupation that tended to keep the gene pool tidy. We have departed from that self-correcting lifestyle: Life as a hunter-gatherer was probably more intellectually demanding than widely supposed, he [...]

The Late Movies: Marathon Finishes

In 2009, I ran the Philadelphia Half-Marathon. It was the hardest, most awesome thing I’ve ever done. Since then, I’ve stopped running regularly, but still can’t resist watching other people cross the finish line. The last few moments of a race are the most exciting and even if I have no idea who the runners [...]