I earnestly care about writing as a craft, which sounds lame but whatever. I spend a lot of my time reading and writing and reading about writing, but I also think science is important so let me tell you about a study: 

In the 70's, social psychologists gave school children markers and asked them to draw pictures. The social psychologists told half of the kids they would get an award for their efforts, and the other half were just asked to draw. The kids who were working to get an award not only made worse pictures, but they were also half as likely as the award-less children to draw on their own later when given the chance. Working for a reward sapped kids of their creative drive and talent, which is a pretty big and pessimistic bummer.

This is just to say that motivation is weird and I probably write and blog less than I used to but it's cool because now I get paid to write real pieces that actually get read so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ You can read highlights from my work, as well as a more comprehensive list, below.


The Data Against Kant, The New York Times (February, 2016)
Would You Rather Lose Your Morals or Your Memory? The New Republic (August 2015)
Talking Tofurkey with Cory BookerThe Daily Beast (November 2014)
Want to Change Anti-Vaxxers’ Minds? Show Them the Horrors of Disease, The Daily Beast (August 2015)
Why We Fall For Fake ScienceThe Daily Beast (May 2015)
The Moral Bankruptcy of Silicon Valley Asceticism, Religion Dispatches (August 2015)
Gone FishingThe New Journal (December 2011)


Primal fear can blinker our decisions, even in electionsNew Scientist (November 2016; with Dan Ariely)
What Penis Theft Tells Us About Belief, Culture, and Our BrainsReligion Dispatches (August 2016)
What's Wrong with Atheist LentReligion Dispatches (March 2016)
How Not to Defend AtheismReligion Dispatches (January 2016)
This Creepy Face Perfectly Explains the Uncanny ValleyThe Daily Beast (December 2015)
Save the Rainforest for 100 BucksThe Daily Beast (December 2015)
Why Drunk Vegetarians Eat MeatThe Daily Beast (October 2015)
You're Worse When You're Hiding Cocaine: A Moral Psychologist on Character and BlameReligion Dispatches (July 2015)
The Science of Spoilers, The Daily Beast (June 2015)
Shaky Science in "Spiritual Child" BestsellerThe Daily Beast (May 2015)
Atheism: The Next Civil Rights Movement? The Daily Beast (March 2015)
Why Does America Hate Cuddly Bromances? The Daily Beast (March 2015)
CNN Thinks Atheists Are the DevilThe Daily Beast (March 2015)
How the World's Oldest People Live So LongThe Daily Beast (March 2015)
'Vegan Sushi' Turns Tomatoes into TunaThe Daily Beast (March 2015)
Why Are Millenials Unfriending God? The Daily Beast (November 2014)
The case against eating ethically raised meat, Time (October 2014)
Loud, Proud, and AtheistThe Daily Beast (September 2014)
Why atheists should be vegans, Patheos (September 2014, referenced on NPR's 13.7 blog)
Why I don't care about deconverting believers, Patheos (September 2014, covered on The Dish
Sixteen Months in Sweaters, Thought Catalog (January 2013)
We Started the Fire, The New Journal (April 2012)
Hard times in the land of gold onesiesThe Yale Herald (September 2010; my first published piece!!)

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