World as Laboratory

In her 2005 book, World as Laboratory, Rebecca Lemov takes her readers through the turn of events culminating into “the American Experiment.” Not only does she outline behavioralism’s coming of age, she also explores the personal histories of the influential anthropologists, sociologists, psychiatrists, and psychologists, or simply “human engineers,” who helped shape modern America through their attempts to control society by controlling man. Lemov expertly captures the zeitgeist that consumed these social scientists from the 1920’s through the peak of hard-cold-war era 1960’s.

The Econolarity

On last week’s EconTalk, Professor of economics Robin Hanson presents a what-if scenario of the technological singularity, singling out a version he believes is most predictable—and most likely—in a vast quadrant of unknowns.

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