April 28, 2012 A Poem For Saturday
April 27, 2012 Are all facts created equal? When does literary license become deceit? Is there only one standard of accuracy for nonfiction? Commentator Alva Noë dives in to the debate.
The Pirahã people live along the Maici River in Brazil's Amazon region.
Courtesy of Dan Everett
April 26, 2012 Forget language genes or innate linguistic universals; language is not only learned, it's also powerfully shaped by the culture we live in. Fieldwork among Brazilian Indians led linguist Dan Everett to see culture as the leading determinant of language.
April 22, 2012 It's Earth Day! An excellent day to reflect upon the joys of connecting with other animals — and of working to keep them safe and well-treated.
April 20, 2012 People make bread. This is quite an achievement and takes a lot of know-how. Why would we say that some bread, but not others, is natural? What is it to be natural? Alva Noë poses the question.
April 19, 2012 Do novelists have a responsibility to ensure that the science used in their books is credible? Commentator Barbara J. King considers how Jodi Picoult characterizes wolves in her new novel — and why wolf scientists find fault with it.
April 11, 2012 Are we inherently altruistic or selfish? Hunger Games meets E. O. Wilson's new book on why being social is a good thing.
A gas storage facility in London. In the 19th century these tanks were called gasometers.
April 10, 2012 What will we burn in the face of what we have learned about unbreakable links between actions and consequences?
Washoe, a female chimpanzee believed to be the first non-human to acquire human language, died Oct. 30, 2007 of natural causes.
Central Washington University /AP
April 5, 2012 When our pets pass on, should their obituaries appear in the newspaper? Or is it an offensive practice to memorialize feline Fluffy right next to Grandpa Fred? Commentator Barbara J. King considers these questions, and recalls writing an obit for an ape.
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in a promotional images for The Hunger Games.
April 4, 2012 Can The Hunger Games teach us something about how to be a better species? It can, by stressing the sacred nature of life.
Do we need a supreme court to watch over the future>
April 3, 2012 What if we applied the same idea of a High Court to something far more important than even health care? What if we created a Supreme Court of the Future?
March 31, 2012 Scientists are an amusing bunch, especially on April 1. Consider the great gorilla experiment of 2011, the reduced-gravity caper of 1976-- or the brain-imaging explanation of 2010 for our species' gullibility.
March 30, 2012 Homeopathy. A mystery in the guise of the nineteenth-century's apothecary. It's an untrue theory. But might it be an effective practice?
March 29, 2012 Chimpanzees in Tanzania respond to a roaring waterfall with awe and wonder. Commentator Barbara J. King finds that watching the apes on video can bring a welcome dose of calm during a stressful time.
March 25, 2012 A reader of the blog tells Adam Frank why he was happy to have found 13.7 Cosmos and Culture. "The comments" he said "they are so thoughtful and civil."