Michael Schulson is a freelance writer based in Durham, North Carolina. He holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale.


The Wilderness Act—enacted to, essentially, protect our national forests and parks from modernity—turns 50 today. So go wander in celebration (but leave your phone at home).


The United States has one of the best public water systems in the world, yet its citizens are still shelling out big bucks on water filters. Is it worth the dough or just a waste?

The Force Is With Us

A wild new paper draws on ‘Star Wars’ to speculate about whether microbes might cause religious behavior—the latest in a long history of scientific attempts to pathologize belief.