The Essence of Science

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A reader sent me this interesting blog post from NPR’s Robert Krulwich. He comments on a snippet of a 1964 lecture by physicist Richard... Read more

Happiness in a Bottle and other Brain Drinks Tested

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Penn neuroscientist Martha Farah was curious about some of the “neuro drinks” that are so popular among students for revving them... Read more

A Physicist says Science Can Address Questions about Gods, etc.

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Victor Stenger is a physicist who has written extensively on questions of science and religion. His latest book is called God and the Folly... Read more

Temple Grandin's insights into Autism, Animals and Affection

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Like many people, I was intrigued by autistic professor Temple Grandin after reading the essay Oliver Sacks wrote about her in his collection... Read more

Elements of Color Vision Evolved Before Eyes

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Here's today's evolution column. It also ran in today's Philadelphia Inquirer on the front of the Health and Science section: The eye was... Read more

The Evolution of Mitt Romney and other High School Bullies

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Last week’s column about texting and tweeting among status-hungry primates brought in many responses from readers, including one with... Read more

Good Stories this Week: Critical Thinking and Cancer Statistics

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In his blog Not Exactly Rocket Science, Science writer Ed Yong took a good, critical look a number that was getting bandied about in the press... Read more

A Reader Connects Evolution to an "Amoral Society"

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This is an interesting reaction I got to Monday’s column: Evolution explains much in society. I think too much. It is moving in the... Read more