October 28, 2013 Halloween blurs the boundaries between what is real and what is not. Can children keep things straight? Researcher Tania Lombrozo tells the story of the Candy Witch and explains what it says about how children understand the fantastical beings that populate their lives.
September 19, 2013 A joyful love of science permeates Richard Dawkins' new memoir. Reviewer Barbara J. King says the best-selling evolutionary scientist and famed atheist is at his best in An Appetite for Wonder as he tells the story of his early life, in Africa and England, and then details his passionate relationship with the world of reason.
September 11, 2013 Also: Jennifer Weiner (kind of) apologizes to The New York Times; Edwidge Danticat on the Haitian earthquake.
October 29, 2012 Humans may well be programmed to seek purpose in everything — mountains, for instance — whether one exists or not. Commentator Tania Lombrozo says that it's not irrational to seek purpose in our scientific quest to understand the natural world, but that we won't always find it.
May 1, 2012 There are those in the physics community who have no room for philosophy. At stake in their stance is a critical question living deep in the foundations of modern physics: What are the limits of science?
March 27, 2012 A truly interesting discussion about science and human spiritual endeavor (including its manifestations in religion) could go much farther than debates about cosmology.
February 16, 2012 Next month, a non-believers' Woodstock comes to Washington. Commentator Barbara J. King considers whether headline speaker Richard Dawkins is the best person to lead The Reason Rally's fight against negative stereotypes of non-believers.