Dan Gardner is the New York Times best-selling author of books about psychology and decision-making and a senior fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. More >

Stranger Things

I'd prefer not to be old enough that my childhood is now a source of pop-culture nostalgia, but there are worse mirrors than Stranger Things. And a mirror it is. See the kid with the bowl-cut below? (Yes, he's holding bear cubs. Ignore that for a moment.) Looks remarkably like Will, right? My younger son actually thought it was the actor who plays Will. It's not. It's me. Now, the bears: My dad was a biologist who worked for the government in northern Ontario. Occasionally, we raised orphaned animals, including, on two occasions, pairs of bear cubs. And yes, they are as adorable as they look. Generally. One time a cub slept under my sweater, woke, and had a bear-size shit. But generally, adorable.