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Have a friend or family member who’s gone down the rabbit hole of some conspiracy theory? If, like me, you’ve tried to convince them that they were wrong by plying them with facts and figures, scholar Donovan Schaefer has a reason the strategy probably won’t work: Believing in conspiracy theories is exciting – which is why it’s so hard to break the spell.

Speaking of spellbound, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito seemed fixated on the 19th century when he wrote his recent ruling overturning 50 years of constitutionally protected abortion. He cited facts from that era to support his contention that abortion isn’t deeply rooted in American tradition. Yet when the Constitution was ratified in the 18th century, women had much more autonomy over abortion decisions than in the 19th century, according to historian Maurizio Valsania.

And as a runner, I was fascinated by Texas A&M University biologist Shogo Sato’s article on our internal clocks – and when might be the best time to exercise.

Bryan Keogh

Senior Editor, Economy + Business

Readers' picks

Ben Franklin, center, inserted an abortion recipe in a popular textbook he republished in 1748. GraphicaArtis/Getty Images

Abortion decision cherry-picks history – when the US Constitution was ratified, women had much more autonomy over abortion decisions than during 19th century

Maurizio Valsania, Università di Torino

A scholar of 18th-century America and the founders analyzes the Supreme Court opinion overturning the constitutional right to abortion, which he says relies on an incomplete version of US history.

Editors' picks

President Calvin Coolidge stands with members of a nonprofit group called the Daughters of 1812. Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images

Let’s spare a few words for ‘Silent Cal’ Coolidge to mark his 150th birthday

Chris Lamb, IUPUI

US President Calvin Coolidge hasn’t gone down in history for his triumphs or failures as president during the 1920s – but his dry sense of humor carries on.

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