Extra Credit: Our pick of stories from around the web that bridge the gap between news and scholarship. Brought to you each Tuesday from the editors of JSTOR Daily.
Brexit and big government (The Conversation)
by Barry Eichengreen
What can explain UK voters’ decision to leave the European Union? Part of the reason may lie in a proven connection between the extent of government services and citizens’ embrace of an open economy.
How the world lost its magic (Aeon)
by William Eamon
A historian explains how trade, alchemy, and the printing press “disenchanted” the world and led to a view of the universe as human-centered and fully understandable—and why this secularization might be necessary to prevent the rise of demagogues.
Old monkeys don’t want to hang out with just anyone (The New York Times)
by Joanna Klein
Have you noticed grandma getting pickier about who she socializes with as she gets older? Turns out, monkey grandmas do the same thing. Researchers have found parallel social behavior among older humans and our monkey cousins.
Will the Big One be in Missouri? (The Atlantic)
by Peter Brannen
We all know San Francisco might fall into the sea any minute. But could a catastrophic earthquake hit the Midwest? It’s happened before, and scientists are preparing us for the possibility that it will again.
Why we’re scared of self-driving cars (Slate)
By Adam Waytz
Preliminary studies suggest self-driving cars are much safer than human-driven ones. So why are people so worried about them? Psychological research has an answer.
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