Articles tagged science

The Biosemiotics of Butterflies: A Conversation With Victoria Alexander

It makes me miserable to see an artist turning himself into a handmaiden of science, using his skill to illustrate (or interpret) scientific concepts. C’mon man, I want to say, don’t make your art about science, use your art to do science.

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Where Is the Truth in Our Romance of Popular Physics?

If all the truth of physics is in the math, what kind of storytelling are we lay persons getting when we read popular accounts of physics that are completely stripped of it?

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The Empire of Scientism Strikes Back

Despite what Steven Pinker has claimed in his epic debate with Leon Wieseltier in The New Republic, science is less Theory of Everything and more Harper's "Findings".

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Life on Earth Has Suffered Five Known Mass Extinction Events. Has Mankind Triggered the Sixth?

Elizabeth Kolbert's warm, engaging clarity and use of anecdotes amid the data humanises her argument without softening the science of The Sixth Extinction.

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Is Humankind the New Planet and Species-Destroying Asteroid?

After fighting so long as a Cassandra of the coming ecological catastrophe, Elizabeth Kolbert's latest, The Sixth Extinction, embraces the long view of disaster.

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One Must Remember the Past in Order to Rectify the Future

Jeffrey Stepakoff's The Melody of Secrets is a complex story of unrequited love, racial tensions, the space age, and the after-effects of World War II.

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Our Animals, Ourselves: Jenny Diski’s ‘What I Don’t Know About Animals’

Don’t be fooled by the cover. Jenny Diski’s book isn’t really about animals; it’s about us.

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Sue Storm, the Fantastic Four’s Invisible Woman I always just assumed an invisibility cloak was something relegated to Marvel Comic’s The Hood, the

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Racism and science collide in this devastating true story of a young woman, the tissue sample from her body that spawned a million-dollar industry, and the impact on her family.

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You Are Here by Christopher Potter

With a deft sense of narrative and gentle tenor, Potter leads readers through the quantum foam of quarks, gluons, and neutrinos, taming these wild particles for public consumption.

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25 Sep 2007 // 10:59 PM

Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf

Because "the act of reading is not natural" in the sense of "genetically organized," the brain must "rearrange itself" to do so, a process Wolf explains on a neuronal level.

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18 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Thomas Dybdahl: Science

Dybdahl attempts to win over the US with his gentle, subtle Norwegian pop

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9 May 2007 // 10:59 PM

The White Cascade by Gary Krist

White Cascade details drama of deadly 1910 railroad disaster.

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CHICAGO - Although the scientific portrait of life on Earth has grown exquisitely detailed over the last few decades, scientists have done a far poorer

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The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by No

Two medical narratives shine, two are DOA: Science presented on a human scale.

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Riddled with Life by Marlene Zuk

[Zuk] points out, males in general owe their existence to disease.

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The Moving Pixels Podcast Looks at the Scenic Vistas and Human Drama of 'Firewatch'

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"This week we consider the beautiful world that Campo Santo has built for us to explore and the way that the game explores human relationships through its protagonist's own explorations within that world.

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