Are rituals a sign of human irrationality? Commentator Tania Lombrozo turns to Egyptian pyramids, World Cup quirks and Indonesian birds to help explain why rituals sometimes actually work.
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's summer, and inviting waves are breaking on the beach. Through the photographic artistry of Clark Little, Barbara J. King invites you to see shorebreak waves in gorgeous new ways.
What we need is a children's song about natural selection: sex, death and all. Commentator Tania Lombrozo takes up the challenge with her debut of "Five Violet Spiders."
The sudden death this past week of the noted scholar Anne Hollander prompts Alva Noë to reflect upon her contributions to how we see ourselves.
Astrophysicist Adam Frank shares his summer reading list. As one would expect, it's heavy on science fiction and soul searching.
Would you like to see the world more clearly? Commentator Tania Lombrozo extracts some useful life lessons from the field of psychology.
We love, and often outlive, our pets. Barbara J. King said goodbye to a beloved friend this week and finds solace in a novel about time, Einstein's Dreams.
Knowing how to be a good parent and actually being a good parent are two very different things. Tania Lombrozo takes a look at the science and the reality of raising children.
Fat-shaming is prevalent in our society and is often expressed toward women. Anthropologist Barbara J. King takes note of a recent example being talked about in the world of science.
Animals are smarter than you think and our place in the world is not as secure as you might imagine. In fact, authors Karen Joy Fowler and Jeff VanderMeer say we're living on an alien planet.