Perhaps the most succinct definition of the scientific method is, To actively seek information that contradicts what one thinks. But let’s be honest: if someone has a hunch, chances are he or she is going to look for confirmation – and find it. Information that contradicts one’s hypothesis, even if discovered by accident, will sometimes not even be seen. It’s natural, and it’s got a name: confirmation bias Read More ›
A sweeping history of Russian power in the world, and of Stalin’s power in Russia (recast as the Soviet Union), full of surprises, with uncanny echoes of today’s realities.
is the John P. Birkelund Professor in History and International Affairs at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1989. He is also a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.