VIEW HEADLINES ONLY

How to Doubt a Consensus

You don't need to be a "denialist." Just read the fine print in their own publications, and understand the limits of science.

The Politics of Happiness

Sometimes scientists get it right, and sometimes they get it wrong. Humans are too complex to fit pet theories, but even scientists can notice what works.

Another "Oldest Homo" Contender Alleged

Not again: another jawbone is making the rounds in the human-evolution saga.

Freedom: The Best Conservation Strategy

Do-gooder environmentalists trying to save the Amazon rainforests make the problem worse.

Backward Wiring of Eye Retina Confirmed as Optimal

You can't get any better performance out of an eyeball than the way it's designed, backward wiring and all.

Classical Physics Is Non-Deterministic

It's not just quantum mechanics that's weird. Reality—no matter the scientific foundation—is weird, too.

Ghost of Scientific Racism Not Busted

A 1920 science project was "preposterous and disgraceful," but have today's scientists learned the lesson?

Adult Brain Can Build New Neurons

A dogma-challenging find raises a question: does the environment create the mind?

Darwin-Loving Democrat Takes Helm of AAAS

Former Congressman Rush D. Holt gives his inaugural editorial in Science Magazine.

Learn How to Operate Your Body

You have built-in machinery and software that's beyond your awareness. Here are ways to enlist your equipment for better health.

"Natural Evil" May Be Broken Good

Things in nature we consider nasty are sometimes good systems that have broken.

Can an Evolved Brain Choose Good and Evil?

If the brain evolved, wouldn't anything the mind does be determined by forces beyond one's control?

Science Can Dumb Down, Corrupt, and Mislead the Public for Decades

It's impossible to present so-called scientific "findings" about the human mind that are morally neutral.

Social Darwinism Is Back

If you thought Social Darwinism went out with eugenics, look at what leaders of social policy are saying.

Can Altruism Evolve?

Many animals cooperate; that's an evolutionary puzzle itself. But how can evolution explain human charity to distant strangers?
All Posts by Date