thenewatlantis.comGPS and the End of the RoadSince the days of Jack Kerouac, the image of personal freedom has been the driver on the open road. What, then, should we make of the navigation revolution found in GPS and “location-awareness”? Do they expand our freedom, as they seem to promise? Ari N. Schulman looks to "On the Road" and "Huckleberry Finn," asking why we aspire to travel, and what we expect to get out of it today.
thenewatlantis.comThe Global War Against Baby GirlsIn many countries, the ratio of newborn boys to girls has skewed dramatically. Nicholas Eberstadt explains that the widespread availability of abortion and ultrasound, combined with cultural factors, has led to the extermination of tens of millions of girls in the womb.
thenewatlantis.comPsychology's MagicianIn the era of neuroscience and brain scans, Carl Jung and the Jungian school of psychology have faded from the scene. But no modern thinker pushed further into the darkest depths of the mind than Jung did — he plunged into the very shadows where monsters lurk. Algis Valiunas sketches a portrait of the controversial Jung as scientist and seer.
thenewatlantis.comThe Case for Enhancing PeopleDoes the enhancement of human physical and intellectual capacities undermine virtue? In answering this question, we must first make a distinction between therapy and enhancement. Therapeutic technologies are meant to restore impaired or degraded human capacities to some more normal level. By contrast, any enhancements would alter human functioning beyond the normal.