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Opinion Essays by Avi Loeb   (in reverse chronological order)      Harvard logo

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*"The Sky's the Limit on the Speed of Light", Medium (December 8, 2022)

*"Questions of Life and Death", Medium (December 7, 2022)

*"Is it Possible to Communicate with Gravitational Waves?", Medium (December 6, 2022)

*"Cast Your Craft on Interstellar Waters", Medium (December 5, 2022)

*"What Makes the Life of a Physicist Meaningful", Medium (December 3, 2022)

*"Was Terrestrial Life Seeded by a Gardener?", Medium (December 2, 2022)

*"Life on Titan May Signal Early Life in the Universe", Medium (November 30, 2022)

*"Collecting Fragments from the First Interstellar Meteor", Medium (November 28, 2022)

*"Confluence of Natural and Artificial Intelligences", Medium (November 28, 2022)

*"The Side Academy", Medium (November 26, 2022)

*"Life as We Know or Do Not Know It", Medium (November 25, 2022)

*"Cosmic Seeds of the Biggest Black Holes", Medium (November 21, 2022)

*"A Hint from the Webb Telescope that the First Stars Were Massive", Medium (November 19, 2022)

*"Are City Lights Still on Around White Dwarfs?", Medium (November 18, 2022)

*"Earthlings, Unite!", Medium (November 16, 2022)

*"What Makes Us Human?", Medium (November 14, 2022)

*"The Proper Way to Swipe Left and Right", Medium (November 12, 2022)

*"Three Revolutions That Will Change Humanity", Medium (November 10, 2022)

*"A Black Hole in the Solar System?", Medium (November 9, 2022)

*"Let It Be ... An Intelligenet Signal", Medium (November 7, 2022)

*"Nerds May Save Humanity", Medium (November 6, 2022)

*"What Happens in Vegas Does Not Stay in Vegas", Medium (November 3, 2022)

*"Old Newspapers in Extraterrestrial Restaurants", Medium (November 2, 2022)

*"For the Love of Evidence", Medium (October 30, 2022)

*"Searching for Bread Crumbs Around An Invisible Baby", Medium (October 28, 2022)

*"From Simplicity to Complexity and Back", Medium (October 27, 2022)

*"A New Calculation on the Fly to the NASA UAP Study", Medium (October 24, 2022)

*"Hazards and Benefits of Interstellar Travel", Medium (October 23, 2022)

*"Gravitational Propulsion", Medium (October 20, 2022)

*"Near Earth Probes", Medium (October 18, 2022)

*"Seeds from an Interstellar Dandelion", Medium (October 17, 2022)

*"Life and Death by Nuclear Energy", Medium (October 16, 2022)

*"Life is Hard Work, But Luck Helps", Medium (October 14, 2022)

*"Lost Civilizations from Our Cosmic Past", Medium (October 13, 2022)

*"A Word of Torah About Extraterrestrials", Medium (October 11, 2022)

*"When Visiting the Jungle, We Are Likely to See Animals", Medium (October 9, 2022)

*"Open Science and Unidentified Aerial Phenomena", Medium (October 6, 2022)

*"Down to Earth Limits on UAP in Ukraine", Medium (October 4, 2022)

*"Rogue Planets", Medium (October 3, 2022)

*"Permanent Climate Change on Habitable Planets", Medium (October 2, 2022)

*"Do Astronomers Exist on Other Habitable Planets?", Medium (September 30, 2022)

*"An Extraterrestrial Resolution to the Absurdity of Life", Medium (September 28, 2022)

*"Understanding Ourselves Thanks to Sentient AI Systems", Medium (September 27, 2022)

*"Bright Spot In Orbit Around a Black Hole", Medium (September 25, 2022)

*"Nature is Kind to Astronomers", Medium (September 23, 2022)

*"The Unfamiliar Nature of Interstellar Objects", Medium (September 22, 2022)

*"Discovery of a Second Interstellar Meteor: Meter-Size Interstellar Objects Are Much Tougher than Solar System Rocks!", Medium (September 20, 2022)

*"Time-Stamping Our Cosmic History", Medium (September 19, 2022)

*"Message in an Interstellar Bottle", Medium (September 16, 2022)

*"The Universe is Too Big for Us to Ignore It", Medium (September 12, 2022)

*"Low-Hanging Fruits of Extraterrestrial Civilizations", Medium (September 11, 2022)

*"Post-Pandemic Aspirations", Medium (September 9, 2022)

*"Rebooting Earth from a Lunar Backup System", Medium (September 7, 2022)

*"Let Many Flowers Bloom", Medium (September 5, 2022)

*"Humans Are Not Scientific Detectors", Medium (September 4, 2022)

*"A Meeting with `Oumuamua at the Venice Film Festival", Medium (September 3, 2022)

*"Advice to Young People", Medium (August 31, 2022)

*"You and It", Medium (August 29, 2022)

*"Exploring the Unknown", Medium (August 28, 2022)

*"Interstellar Dating", Medium (August 26, 2022)

*"The Genius in Our Interstellar Class", Medium (August 25, 2022)

*"The Last Year in the Life of a Star", Medium (August 24, 2022)

*"What is Real?", Medium (August 22, 2022)

*"The Scissors of Academic Review", Medium (August 21, 2022)

*"Messages Carried by Ripples in Space and Time", Medium (August 20, 2022)

*"Gifts of Active Galactic Nuclei", Medium (August 18, 2022)

*"Wish Upon a Star", Medium (August 16, 2022)

*"What Came First: the Astro-Chicken or the Egg?", Medium (August 14, 2022)

*"Rising Above the Noise", Medium (August 11, 2022)

*"The Enigmatic Universe", Medium (August 10, 2022)

*"What is Our Rating in the Cosmic Dating Scene?", Medium (August 7, 2022)

*"Thank You for Your Service to Blue Skies Research", Medium (August 5, 2022)

*"Fixing Our Worldview With Scientific Knowledge", Medium (August 4, 2022)

*"Interstellar Archaeology", Medium (August 4, 2022)

*"Our Cosmic Roots Suggest Humility", Medium (July 31, 2022)

*"What Doesn't Kill You, Makes You Stronger", Medium (July 28, 2022)

*"A Test of Cosmic Inflation and Quantum Gravity", Medium (July 26, 2022)

*"What Lies Beyond the Horizon?", Medium (July 24, 2022)

*"What's in a Name?", Medium (July 22, 2022)

*"Nature Could Be Simple", Medium (July 20, 2022)

*"The First Year of the Galileo Project", Medium (July 20, 2022)

*"The Bright Side of the Moon", Medium (July 17, 2022)

*"Life as We Do Not Know It", Medium (July 15, 2022)

*"Webb's Deep Insight: Time is of the Essence", Medium (July 13, 2022)

*"The First Cosmic Bits that were Caught in Webb's Web", Medium (July 12, 2022)

*"The New Eyes and Brain of the Galileo Project", Medium (July 7, 2022)

*"The Sunrise Ritual", Medium (July 5, 2022)

*"Extinction of Gamma-Rays by Sunlight", Medium (July 1, 2022)

*"Quantum Gravity Engineers", Medium (June 29, 2022)

*"Will Humanity Be Saved by Deus Ex Machina?", Medium (June 27, 2022)

*"Galileo Would Have Been Proud of Our Project", Medium (June 25, 2022)

*"Recalculating Academia", Medium (June 22, 2022)

*"Three Unsung Heroes from Our Cosmic Past", Medium (June 20, 2022)

*"Survival of the Optimist", Medium (June 15, 2022)

*"Could UAP Have Kinship to Our AI Systems", Medium (June 14, 2022)

*"Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery", Medium (June 11, 2022)

*"The Bliss of an Academic Family", Medium (June 9, 2022)

*"The Beginner's Mind of Machine Learning", Medium (June 4, 2022)

*"Technological Selection in the Race to Interstellar Space", Medium (June 2, 2022)

*"Quantum Tunneling of Dark Matter", Medium (May 31, 2022)

*"With Age Comes Wisdom", Medium (May 29, 2022)

*"The Trading Card of Human Civilization", Medium (May 25, 2022)

*"Galactic Kites", Medium (May 21, 2022)

*"Thoughts About the First Congressional Hearing on Unidentified Objects in Half a Century", Medium (May 18, 2022)

*"Alleviating the Tyranny of the Rocket Equation", Medium (May 15, 2022)

*"Pushing the Frontiers of Science with Government Data", Medium (May 11, 2022)

*"Fishing In Extraterrestrial Seas", Medium (May 6, 2022)

*"Cherish Those Junior Moments", Medium (May 3, 2022)

*"How To Guide Our Life?", Medium (May 1, 2022)

*"Detecting the Memory Effect from a Black Hole Merger at the Galactic Center Through Lunar Ranging", Medium (April 25, 2022)

*"The New Horizons Meteor", Medium (April 22, 2022)

*"The First Interstellar Meteor Had a Larger Material Strength than Iron Meteorites", Medium (April 18, 2022)

*"Scooping Interstellar Fragments from the Ocean Floor", Medium (April 13, 2022)

*"Announcing the Closest and Farthest Objects from Outside Our Cosmic Neighborhood on the Same Week", Medium (April 7, 2022)

*"How Bright Can a Source in the Sky Be?", Medium (April 2, 2022)

*"The Scientific Method", Medium (March 31, 2022)

*"What Is Missing In Academia?", Medium (March 28, 2022)

*"What Is Dark Matter?", Medium (March 23, 2022)

*"The Silence of Snow", Medium (March 20, 2022)

*"The Substitute to the Drake Equation in Extraterrestrial Space Archaeology", Medium (March 16, 2022)

*"General Relativity Instead of Modified Gravity", Medium (March 12, 2022)

*"The First Interstellar Meteor", Medium (March 10, 2022)

*"Intelligent Communication", Medium (March 8, 2022)

*"Communicating with Extraterrestrials", Medium (March 6, 2022)

*"Life Under the Ice", Medium (February 26, 2022)

*"What Do the Best Scientists in the Milky Way Know?", Medium (February 23, 2022)

*"Milky-Way Gifts to Life Expectancy", Medium (February 20, 2022)

*"Mind the Gap: Cosmic Stoicism", Medium (February 16, 2022)

*"Our Biggest Global Challenge", Medium (February 14, 2022)

*"Mysterious 18-Minute Radio Pulses Are Not from "Little Green Men"", Medium (February 8, 2022)

*"Stellar Engines", The DeBrief (February 9, 2022)

*"Why NASA Should Build a Bigger Telescope", The Hill (February 3, 2022)

*"Galaxies Expand As They Emit Light", Medium (February 3, 2022)

*"City Lights on Other Planets", The DeBrief (February 2, 2022)

*"Two Choices in Space Exploration", The Hill (January 27, 2022)

*"Can We Find UAP from Above?", The Hill (January 24, 2022)

*"Life Lessons After Sixty Years", Medium (January 24, 2022)

*"Identifying the Unidentified", The Debrief (January 21, 2022)

*"An Interview in the Metaverse", The Hill (January 18, 2022)

*"Can Intelligence be Digitized?", Medium (January 17, 2022)

*"Extraordinary Evidence Requires Extraordinary Funding", The DeBrief (January 11, 2021)

*"Are We Investing a Trillion Dollars on What Matters?", The Hill (January 9, 2022)

*"Virtual Realities May Solve Fermi's Paradox About Extraterrestrials", The Hill (January 5, 2022)

*"Looking Through the Window", Medium (January 2, 2022)

*"Reinvigorating the UAP Legacy of Senator Harry Reid", The Hill (January 1, 2022)

*"We Need Scientific Analysis of Satellite Data on UAP", The Hill (December 27, 2021)

*"Fishing in Interstellar Space", The DeBrief (December 26, 2021)

*"Against the Wind", Medium (December 22, 2021)

*"Virtual Reality Makes Us Egotistical and Science Demands Humility", The DeBrief (December 22, 2021)

*"Will We Soon Rewrite Texbooks on Our Place in the Universe?", The Hill (December 19, 2021)

*"The Tricky Reality of Reality", Medium (December 17, 2021)

*"Dating the Next `Oumuamua", The DeBrief (December 14, 2021)

*"Choosing Risks and Looking for ET", Medium (December 10, 2021)

*"Risk Assessment in Mainstream Science", The Hill (December 8, 2021)

*"The Fly on the Wall of My Porch", The DeBrief (November 30, 2021)

*"Health Risks of Space Tourism: Is It Responsible to Send Humans to Mars?", The Hill (November 26, 2021)

*"AI-Scientists May Usher In a Bright Future in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence", The DeBrief (November 24, 2021)

*"When Did Life Start in the Universe?", Scientific American (November 24, 2021)

*"Space Exploration and Spirituality", Medium (November 21, 2021)

*"Why Science and Religion Come Together When Discussing Extraterrestrial Life", The Hill (November 18, 2021)

*"Should We Trust Our Future AI Scientists?", Medium (November 16, 2021)

*"Extraterrestrials and Religion", Medium (November 14, 2021)

*"Attention to Anomalies", Inference (November 12, 2021)

*"Everything You Need to Know About the Galileo Project", Medium (November 7, 2021)

*"Our Universe Inspires Modesty, Curiosity and Calm", Medium (November 5, 2021)

*"Our Future in Space", Medium (November 2, 2021)

*"Let Many Flowers Bloom in Space", Medium (October 27, 2021)

*"Our Avatars in Space", Medium (October 25, 2021)

*"On the Possibility of an Artificial Origin for `Oumuamua", Astrobiology (October 19, 2021)

*"Following Our Childhood Curiosity" (October 18, 2021)

*"Protocol for Contact with Extraterrestrial Equipment", Medium (October 17, 2021)

*"Was Our Universe Created in a Laboratory?", Scientific American (October 15, 2021)

*"Searching for Anomalies", Medium (October 14, 2021)

*"A.I. Astronauts from Advanced Civilizations", Medium (October 11, 2021)

*"When Did Life Start In the Universe?", Scientific American (October 8, 2021)

*"Be Kind to Extraterrestrial Guests", Medium (October 5, 2021)

*"Microbes, Natural Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence", Scientific American (October 2, 2021)

*"Our Ego Trip In the Cosmos", Medium (September 29, 2021)

*"The Play is Not About Us", Medium (September 27, 2021)

*"How To Search for Life As We Don't Know It"?", Scientific American (September 26, 2021)

*"Rising Above the Rubble", Medium (September 24, 2021)

*"Imagination is Not a Consequence of Formal Education", Medium (September 21, 2021)

*"The Next Sunrise Will Look Different", Medium (September 20, 2021)

*"Astronomers Should Be Willing To Look at Weird Objects on the Sky", Scientific American (September 19, 2021)

*"Will Autonomous AI Systems Replace Astronauts?", Medium (September 17, 2021)

*"Note to Branson and Bezos: Extraterrestrials Will Not Be Impressed", Scientific American (September 15, 2021)

*"The `Adults in the Room' Could Be Scientists", Medium (September 14, 2021)

*"A Sermon About Extraterrestrials", Medium (September 14, 2021)

*"Looking for Interstellar Monuments", Scientific American (September 12, 2021)

*"To Look or Not To Look: That is the Question!", Scientific American (September 6, 2021)

*"Some `Defenders' of Science Might Actually Actually Hurting It", Medium (August 24, 2021)

*"When Will We Hear From Extraterrestrials?", Scientific American (August 15, 2021)

*"To Understand UAP We Need Megapixel Imagery", Scientific American (August 2, 2021)

*"Announcing a New Plan for Solving the Mystery of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena", Scientific American (July 26, 2021)

*"How to Tell if Extraterrestrial Visitors Are Friend or Foe?", Scientific American (July 12, 2021)

*"How Humanity Can Earn the Respect of Extraterrestrials", Scientific American (July 3, 2021)

*"Why is Anomalous Evidence So Unpopular?", Scientific American (June 28, 2021)

*"Scientists Should Identify the Unidentified in the Pentagon Report", The Hill (June 25, 2021)

*"What We Can Learn from Studying UFOs", Scientific American (June 24, 2021)

*"A Possible Link Between `Oumuamua and Unidentified Aerial Phenomena", Scientific American (June 22, 2021)

*"How to Detect Heat from Extraterrestrial Probes in Our Solar System", Scientific American (June 17, 2021)

*"Searching for City Lights on Other Planets", Scientific American (June 13, 2021)

*"Death By a Primordial Black Hole", Scientific American (June 6, 2021)

*"Defenses That Hurt Science", Scientific American (June 4, 2021)

*"Creative Thinking in Both Science and the Arts is Not for the Faint of Heart", Scientific American (June 3, 2021)

*"A Fresh Approach to SETI", Book Chapter (June 1, 2021)

*"Maybe Dark Matter is More Than One Thing", Scientific American (May 30, 2021)

*"What To Do When Extraterrestrials Show Up?", Boston Globe (May 28, 2021)

*"How to Avoid a Cosmic Catastrophe", Scientific American (May 23, 2021)

*"When Scientific Orthodoxy Resembles Religious Dogma", Scientific American (May 17, 2021)

*"How Much Time Does Humanity Have Left?", Scientific American (May 12, 2021)

*"Evidence for Extraterrestrials? Funding Research is Better Than Eyewitness Reports", The Hill (May 9, 2021)

*"Watching the Universe Expand in Real Time", Scientific American (May 6, 2021)

*"Stars that Race Through Space at Nearly the Speed of Light", Scientific American (May 1, 2021)

*"Scientists Should Never Stop Being Students", Scientific American (April 23, 2021)

*"What Should We Do If Extraterrestrials Show Up?", Scientific American (April 15, 2021)

*"When Did Life First Emerge in the Universe?", Scientific American (April 4, 2021)

*"Reflections on Our Galactic Neighbors", Kultursymposium, Germany (March 30, 2021)

*"How To Photograph A Possible Alien Artifact", Scientific American (March 22, 2021)

*"Was the Interstellar Object `Oumuamua a Nitrogen Iceberg?", Scientific American (March 19, 2021)

*"To Qualify As `Scientific', Evidence Has to Be Reproducible", Scientific American (March 1, 2021)

*"The Shrapnel that Killed the Dinosaurs", Scientific American (February 16, 2021)

*"Scientific Knowledge is Always Good", Scientific American (February 16, 2021)

*"Did a Supermassive Black Hole Influence the Evolution of Life on Earth?", Scientific American (January 31, 2021)

*"ET and Arecibo", Pioneer Works (January 27, 2021)

*"Experimental Tests of Theology", Scientific American (January 26, 2021)

*"Why Do We Assume that Extraterrestrials Might Want to Visit Us?", Scientific American (January 21, 2021)

*"Message from Our Nearest Star?", Scientific American (January 12, 2020)

*"The Cosmic Dawn of Technology", Scientific American (December 28, 2020)

*"Multi-Messenger SETI", Scientific American (December 22, 2020)

*"Endless Creation Out of Nothing", Scientific American (December 12, 2020)

*"Noah's Spaceship", Scientific American (November 30, 2020)

*"The Scientific Benefits of Social Distancing", Scientific American (November 24, 2020)

*"Our Conversation with the Sky", Pioneer Works (November 22, 2020)

*"The Empty Half of the Glass May Also Be Full", Scientific American (November 14, 2020)

*"Black Holes Are Finally Trending", Scientific American (November 7, 2020)

*"Living Near a White Dwarf", Scientific American (October 30, 2020)

*"Searching for the Atoms of Life", Scientific American (October 20, 2020)

*"Academia After COVID", Scientific American (October 10, 2020)

*"Restoring Confidence in Evidence-Based Science" (October 28, 2020)

*"Life and Fate", Inference (September 30, 2020)

*"Nature's Splendor Exceeds Our Imagination", Scientific American (September 29, 2020)

*"Social Distancing on a Cosmic Scale", Scientific American (September 23, 2020)

*"The Hawking Limit", Scientific American (September 14, 2020)

*"The Dangers of Intellectual Territorialism", Scientific American (August 31, 2020)

*"What if We Could Live for a Million Years?", Scientific American (August 16, 2020)

*"My Recent Encounter with Rocks", Personal Diary (August 12, 2020)

*"A Movie of the Evolving Universe is Potentially Scary", Scientific American (August, 3, 2020)

*"The Power of Scientific Brainstorming", Scientific American (July 23, 2020)

*"Living with Scientific Uncertainty", Scientific American (July 15, 2020)

*"Geometry of the Universe", Astronomy Magazine (July 8, 2020)

*"An Audacious Explanation for Fast Radio Bursts", Scientific American (June 24, 2020)

*"Beware of Theories of Everything", Scientific American (June 9, 2020)

*"Visionary Science Takes More than Just Technical Skills", Scientific American (May 25, 2020)

*"The End of Time Could Be Of Our Own Making", Inference (May 18, 2020)

*"In Search of Naked Singularities", Scientific American (May 3, 2020)

*"Let's Create an Elite Scientific Body to Advice on Global Catastrophes", Scientific American (April 30, 2020)

*"A Sobering Astronomical Reminder from COVID-19", Scientific American (April 18, 2020)

*"Why the Pursuit of Scientific Knowledge Will Never End", Scientific American (April 6, 2020)

*"Flattening the COVID-19 Curves", Scientific American (March 17, 2020)

*"Advice for Young Scientists: Be a Generalist", Scientific American (March 16, 2020)

*"Why Should Scientists Mentor Students?", Scientific American (February 25, 2020)

*"What Makes Fast Radio Bursts?", solicited Op-Ed for Fox News (February 19, 2020)

*"Surfing a Supernova", Scientific American (February 3, 2020)

*"Can the Universe Provide Us With the Meaning of Life?", Scientific American (January 21, 2020)

*"The Simple Truth About Physics", Scientific American (January 2, 2020)

*"A Tale of Three Nobels", Scientific American (December 18, 2019)

*"Essential Advice for Fledgling Scientists", Scientific American (December 2, 2019)

*"What To Do When The Sun Will Get Too Hot For Earth's Survival?", Scientific American (November 25, 2019)

*"Space Archaeology", Atmos (November 8, 2019)

*"Did Life from Earth Escape the Solar System Eons Ago?", Scientific American (November 4, 2019)

*"Science is Not About Getting More Likes", Scientific American (October 8, 2019)

*"The Moon as a Fishing Net for Extraterrestrial Life", Scientific American (September 25, 2019)

*"Nothing Persists Except Change Itself", Scientific American (September 6, 2019)

*"Science as a Way of Life", Scientific American (August 14, 2019)

*"Federal Leadership of Future Moonshots", Scientific American (July 16, 2019)

*"It Takes a Village to Declassify an Error Bar", Scientific American (July 3, 2019)

*"What is the One Thing You Would Change About the World?", Harvard Gazette (July 1, 2019)

*"In Search of Green Dwarfs", Scientific American (June 3, 2019)

*"Should Scientists Keep Their Debates Private?", Scientific American (May 14, 2019)

*"`Oumuamua's Cousin?", Scientific American (May 6, 2019)

*"When Lab Experiments Carry Theological Implications", Scientific American (April 22, 2019)

*"How to Keep Scientific Innovation Alive", Scientific American (April 8, 2019)

*"Humanities of the Future", Scientific American (March 4, 2019)

*"Living Near a Supermassive Black Hole", Scientific American (March 11, 2019)

*"Are We Really the Smartest Kid on the Block?", Scientific American (March 4, 2019)

*"Embracing Nature All the Way from Walden Pond to Extraterrestrial Ponds", Scientific American (February 15, 2019)

*"Advanced Extraterrestrials as an Approximation to God", Scientific American (January 26, 2019)

*"Q&A (January 25, 2019)

*"Our Future in Space Will Echo Our Future on Earth", Scientific American (January 10, 2019)

*"How to Approach the Problem of `Oumuamua", Scientific American (December 19, 2018)

*"Six Strange Facts About the First Interstellar Visitor, `Oumuamua", Scientific American (November 20, 2018)

*"Seeking the Truth When the Consensus is Against You", Scientific American (November 9, 2018)

*"On `Oumuamua" (November 5, 2018)

*"Why a Mission to a Visiting Interstellar Object Could Be Our Best Bet for Finding Aliens", Gizmodo (October 31, 2018)

*"Making the Church Taller", Scientific American (October 18, 2018)

*"Searching for Relics of Dead Civilizations", Scientific American (September 27, 2018)

*"Philosophy and Science", Scientific American (September 10, 2018)

*"In Search for Lost Intellectual Treasures", submitted to Project Syndicate (August 23, 2018)

*"The Power of Anomalies", published in Scientific American (August 28, 2018)

*"Our Dialogue With Nature", Scientific American (August 10, 2018).

Background anecdote: "In my concluding remarks at the BHI conference we held at Harvard in May 2018, I recommended boarding a futuristic spacecraft directed at the nearest black hole to experimentally test the validity of string theory near the singularity. Nima Arkani-Hamed commented that he suspects I have an ulterior motive for sending string theorists into a black hole. For the video of this exchange, click here

*"Sailing on Light", Forbes magazine (August 8, 2018)

*"Science is an Infinite-Sum Game", Scientific American (July 31, 2018)

*"Where do ideas come from?", Scientific American (July 23, 2018)

*"Finding Fuel for Our Frigid Cosmic Future", Scientific American (June 19, 2018)

*"Testing Philosophy Through Experiments", Scientific American (June 7, 2018)

*"Maybe We Could See a Singularity After All", Scientific American (May 22, 2018)

*"Making Academia Matter Again", Project Syndicate (April 17, 2018)

*"Escape from Proxima b", Scientific American (April 16, 2018)

*"Implications of Neutron Star Mergers for Extraterrestrial Civilizations", Scientific American (March 13, 2018)

*"Renewing the Contract of Academia with Society", Scientific American (February 14, 2018)

*"Are Alien Civilizations Technologically Advanced?" Scientific American (January 8, 2018)

*"Vision for Harvard's Future" (September 5, 2017)

*"The Case for Cosmic Modesty", Scientific American (June 2017)

*"Searching for Life Among the Stars", Pan European Networks (June 2017)

*"Astrophysical Russian Dolls", Nature Astronomy (January 2017)

*"Good Data Are Not Enough", Nature (November 2016)

*"The Infinity Pool", Nature Physics (November 2015)

*"Fostering Talent", Physics World (April 2015)

*"The Lost Donkeys of Science", Project Syndicate (October 2014)

*"Benefits of Diversity", Nature Physics (September 2014)

*"Questions & Answers", Harvard FAS Dean's Annual Report (2014)

*"Thinking Outside the Simulation Box", Nature Physics (July 2013)

*"Fostering the Discoveries We Can't See Coming", PBS (July 2012)

*"Rating Research Risk", Nature (April 2012)

*"The Right Kind of Risk", Nature (September 2010)

*"Autobiographical sketch" (1962-2017)

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