Angela Yoder

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Our biology wants us untethered. So why does society place so much emphasis on monogamy?

Monogamy is a mystery. A Martian zoologist, visiting Earth and noting our basic biology — not to mention our frequent philandering — would conclude that monogamy is not "natural" to the human species. So why is it so widely promulgated, especially in the modern Western world?<p>Of course, just because …

Biology

Brazen sexism is pushing women out of America’s atheism movement

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>I was eight years old when I decided that I didn’t believe in God. The realization occurred to me after my Methodist pastor reduced my queries about God and the universe to the same kind of “just because” reasoning my mother used for questions like why I couldn’t run …

Religion

Jon Stewart lambastes senators ‘hiding in their offices’ while denying health care to 9/11 responders

Former <i>Daily Show</i> host Jon Stewart sarcastically said on Friday that he felt “like a billion dollars” as he went from door to door in the Senate …

With a single tweet, Neil deGrasse Tyson exposes how inequality plays into the U.N. Climate Summit

At the U.N. Climate Summit in Paris, the negotiating positions of various countries can be difficult to follow, particularly when it comes to the …

On gender equality, there are the Nordic countries and then there’s everybody else

Is a wife’s primary role to look after her husband? Would you prefer a man or a woman as a boss?<p>A YouGov survey of 24 countries asked a wide range of questions on attitudes to gender. They found that the Nordic nations were the most positive on gender equality when answers were collated and …

Sweden

An 'SNL' comedian stars in a video that perfectly sums up why gender equality is a big deal.

If Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse is the future, maybe the world should end

Question: What’s the one thing funnier than zombie boobs? If your answer is “zombie dicks, duh,” then boy, are you in for a treat. Originally titled</i> …

What If Everything We Think We Know About Addiction Is Wrong?

When we think about addiction, our first instincts are to blame the drugs and the people who choose to take them. But what if that approach to …

Christians Still Fail to Understand Religious Freedom

The conservative media is always looking for a reason to be outraged. Unfortunately, the origin of the outrage is often a lack of information. For example, Megyn Kelly of Fox News took to the air earlier this week to discuss a court case that she feels proves President Obama and liberals are waging …

Indonesia is burning. So why is the world looking away?

A great tract of Earth is on fire and threatened species are being driven out of their habitats. This is a crime against humanity and nature<p>I’ve often wondered how the media would respond when eco-apocalypse struck. I pictured the news programmes producing brief, sensational reports, while failing …

Addiction is not a disease: How AA and 12-step programs erect barriers while attempting to relieve suffering

Defining addiction as a disease is marketing for the rehab industry — and an excuse when treatment doesn’t work<p>The idea that addiction is some kind of disease is unquestionably the dominant view in government, medical, and most scientific circles around the world. So dominant in the West, for …

The best argument against Australian inequality

Most people will accept inequality if it comes about through creativity, innate ability or pure chance. Then there’s the other type of inequality ...<p>Inequality has reached the point where even billionaires are worried about it. In an open letter to “my fellow zillionaires”, American dot-com …

White House Hits Back at Appeals Court After Immigration Ruling

The Obama Administration said it is weighing its options in the wake of an appeals court ruling that kept a block on the president’s executive action …

35 Brilliant New Books You Should Read This Summer

Required reading from July to September. UK release dates.

Does Terrorism Work?

Rebel groups that employ terror in civil wars seldom win or gain concessions—but they tend to prolong conflicts, a new paper finds.<p>Nearly 14 years into the war on terror, there are signs of terrorism all around us, from Memorial Day tributes to the victims of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the …

Political Science
Public Health

Why don't doctors care more about the role of food in treating cancer?

Stories abound of cancer patients who have 'cured' themselves by changing their diet. Isn't it time doctors took them more seriously?<p>When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, my wonderful consultant sent me to <b>The Breast Cancer Haven</b> in Fulham. This is one of three Havens – London, Hereford and Leeds …

Men aren't better writers than women. Literary mags need to close the book on gender bias

A new study says that top literary publications are guilty of prioritising male critics and authors, with some featuring less than a quarter of women. Radhika Sanghani explains why this doesn't represent what's on our book shelves<p>Some of the most talked about books in recent times are Donna Tartt’s</b> …

Books

How science aims to feed seven billion people

With seven billion people on the planet, traditional farming struggles to put enough food on everyone’s table. But a host of hi-tech tools aim to save the day.<p>As birth announcements go, it was a pretty big one. Sometime around the end of October last year, the world’s population officially reached …

Agriculture

Ten Perfect Winter Hikes

What makes winter such a great time to hike? For one, mosquitoes and other bugs are nowhere to be found. The crowds are nonexistent. Cooler temperatures make Southern hikes a lot more pleasant. And few places are as magically still as a forest covered in snow.<p>That said, the days are shorter, so you …

Hiking

National Geographic Travel

LGBTQ
Francois Hollande

Pope Francis washes the feet of TV showgirl who was jailed for fraud

The Pope - who has broken convention by washing the feet of women and Muslims in the past - washed the feet of 12 prison inmates on Maundy Thursday visit<p>He has broken <b>Vatican</b> convention by <b>washing the feet of Muslims</b> and women, and <b>Pope Francis</b> has now clocked up a new first – cleansing the feet of a …

Animals May Be Able to Predict Earthquakes 3 Weeks in Advance

Animals may be able to sense an earthquake coming as long as three weeks before it happens, well before humans can, a new international study …

10 of the most gorgeous national parks you've likely never heard about

If someone asked the average American to name a few national parks, chances are they'd mention the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and maybe Yosemite or …

National Parks

How Costa Rica Went 75 Days Using Only Clean Electricity

While governments from countries around the world this week have outlined how they plan to curb their carbon emissions, Costa Rica may seem like it’s …

Favela residents protest forced Olympic relocation by blocking Rio roadway

Vila Autodromo has faced breaks in electricity and water supplies but remaining residents insist they will not leave, even for increasingly high financial incentives<p>Rio de Janeiro’s progress towards the 2016 Games ran into a road block on Wednesday as residents resisting eviction to make way for …

Brazil