Category: Opinion

Experience and societal resilience

As extreme weather events become more prevalent due to human influence on the global climate system, an increasingly salient question involves factors that enhance societal resilience. In a new paper

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City Size, Boundaries and Objects

Kenneth Vernon’s wonderful CfAS blog post on How Big is the Smallest City raised some provocative questions, and I found myself, well, provoked. Itself a response to Hagit Nol’s excellent

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How big is the smallest city?

In a thoughtful CfAS blog post over the holidays, Hagit Nol discussed some of the challenges of defining the concept of a city in an archaeological context. Reading that post

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In Defense of Social Science

Anthony Fauci was recently interviewed by David Wallace-Wells of the New York Times. Much of the interview turned on the lessons learned about the Covid pandemic and our society’s response.

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Governance and Crisis

One cannot look at the news today without having to face the nature of governance. Is democracy worth the time spent negotiating and contesting rather than acting? Or, would a

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Moving into harm’s way

As humanity copes with human-induced climate change, an important task is assessing geographic patterns of risk based on expected changes in various associated natural hazards. A recent study by ProPublica

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Paleodemography and the future

Recent news stories have noted that population growth is turning negative in many places around the world. What happens when populations decline? This has been a large challenge in Japan

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