A new book by Scott Weems on humor and human nature raises fascinating questions about why we laugh. Commentator Alva Noë cracks up easily and asks for help collecting some more jokes.
Cultural context gives science much of its meaning and importance. So we write a lot about the interplay between science and culture. Hey, its in our name.
It can be exasperating, when life throws a little unfairness your way. When that happens to commentator Barbara J. King, she watches this video featuring an experiment with two monkeys. It helps.
You are living in an age of wonders, says commentator Adam Frank. Every day we take part in activities that once seemed like the realm of science fiction. So why are you so dissatisfied?
There's a time and place for evidence-based decision making. For commentator Tania Lombrozo, naming her babies wasn't it.
Anxiety seems uniquely human, doesn't it? It's that ability to imagine the worst, the danger lurking in every uncertain outcome. Commentator Barbara King says we are not alone in these feelings.
A boy plays with a dog. A snail snuggles up in its home. What is love? Commentator Alva Noë says it's an irreducible idea that finds expression in all sorts of unexpected places.
Can you choose to be a fan? Not really. Not if you're honest with yourself. As the philosopher David Papineau notes, choosing a team isn't like choosing a washing machine. With the Super Bowl looming, and his family taking sides, commentator Alva Noë tries to define what it means to be support a team.
Earning power, leadership in corporate America and fame are primary measures of American success, according to an op-ed just published by Amy Chua and Jeb Rubenfeld. Contesting this definition, commentator Barbara J. King suggests some other criteria we should consider.
The Oxford English Dictionary is at work on a monumental third edition. Why? We didn't have the OED before the 1850s. Is it so unthinkable that we should do without it going forward? What are dictionaries for, anyway? Alva Noë wonders.
The intelligence of chickens is increasingly recognized as formidable. Commentator Barbara J. King takes this lesson to heart after repeatedly watching a 30-second video starring two savvy hens and then talking to a chicken expert about the clip.