The Politics of Happiness
March 14, 2015
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
March 5, 2015
Not again: another jawbone is making the rounds in the human-evolution saga.
Freedom: The Best Conservation Strategy
February 28, 2015
Do-gooder environmentalists trying to save the Amazon rainforests make the problem worse.
Backward Wiring of Eye Retina Confirmed as Optimal
February 27, 2015
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
February 26, 2015
It's not just quantum mechanics that's weird. Reality—no matter the scientific foundation—is weird, too.
Ghost of Scientific Racism Not Busted
February 25, 2015
A 1920 science project was "preposterous and disgraceful," but have today's scientists learned the lesson?
Adult Brain Can Build New Neurons
February 23, 2015
A dogma-challenging find raises a question: does the environment create the mind?
Darwin-Loving Democrat Takes Helm of AAAS
February 22, 2015
Former Congressman Rush D. Holt gives his inaugural editorial in Science Magazine.
Learn How to Operate Your Body
February 20, 2015
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
February 16, 2015
Things in nature we consider nasty are sometimes good systems that have broken.
Can an Evolved Brain Choose Good and Evil?
February 15, 2015
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
February 13, 2015
It's impossible to present so-called scientific "findings" about the human mind that are morally neutral.
Social Darwinism Is Back
February 10, 2015
If you thought Social Darwinism went out with eugenics, look at what leaders of social policy are saying.
Can Altruism Evolve?
February 8, 2015
Many animals cooperate; that's an evolutionary puzzle itself. But how can evolution explain human charity to distant strangers?
Evolutionary Anthropology as Religion
February 5, 2015
There's something magical about believing in evolutionary anthropology: a sense of numinous awe at how much they don't know but believe might be possible.