Erin Stevens

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How would the ancient Stoics have dealt with hate speech?

Insults have lately been making headline news. Last year, the world witnessed an attack on the offices of the French satirical newspaper <i>Charlie …

Data on Diversity in (mostly) US Philosophy

The American Philosophical Association (APA) has released a new report on its membership demographics over the past three years. Has philosophy …

Philosophy Departments and Journals Ranked by Gender Data at New Website

A new website presents data on women in philosophy in a novel manner: it orders departments by number of women faculty and journals by number of …

Humanities

Accessible and inaccessible disciplines: why philosophy and science are similar but are treated differently

Amongst my books is a late nineteenth century edition of Kant’s <i>Critique of Pure Reason</i>. Purchased from a used bookshop many years ago, it contains …

An Oxford professor who teaches moral philosophy on why he supports Donald Trump

This election, there’s been considerable discussion about who makes up Donald Trump’s support base. This is an interesting question from a political science perspective; after all, Trump is far from the typical Republican nominee. But for many, it’s also a personal issue. How could anyone support a …

The Neo-Platonic Argument for Evolution Couldn’t Be More Wrong - Facts So Romantic

Is evolutionary biology about to prove a two-millennia old metaphysical speculation? Or is metaphysics about to fundamentally change the way we look …

Biology

Chef Is Fired After Boasting on Instagram That He Secretly Fed Vegans Meat

A hotel fired its head chef after he wrote on Instagram that he really enjoys secretly feeding vegan patrons animal products.<p>The former head chef at …

Why we feel emotions in our guts, and what microbes have to do with it

In the dark, oxygen-free zone of our large intestines, a vast community of life is flourishing. Scientists say there are more than 100 trillion microbes living there, and if you gathered them all together, they would weigh more than our brains.<p>In his new book, "The Mind-Gut Connection," Dr. Emeran …

White House Gives $55 Million to Build Genetic Database

The Obama Administration is giving out $55 million to a collection of hospitals and companies to uncover links between a person’s genome and disease. …

University of Chicago

Researchers stored an OK Go music video on strands of DNA

Researchers just figured out how to squeeze 200 MB of data onto some strands of DNA.<p>That's right, the same stuff that's inside all of us, the …

The secret to productivity isn’t working faster—it’s doing things in the right order

It’s not easy getting work done in outer space. Astronauts have to rotate between dozens of complex projects vying for their attention. If they mess up, an experiment years in the making could be ruined. Worse, people could die.<p>“The time spent in space is precious and the work you do is critical,” …

Time Management

What An Hour Of Emotion Makes Visible

<i>Editor's note: This is an excerpt from the latest episode of the</i> Invisibilia podcast <i>and program, which is broadcast on participating public radio stations.</i><p>Until she was 54 years old, Kim was totally unaware that there were things in the world she couldn't see.<p>"This was the whole problem," Kim says. …

How my disabled son has changed my mind about political correctness

Without the prevailing wind of political correctness my life would be very different. Eddie’s would be ­unrecognisable<p>Listen<p>Here’s another stock joke for your collection: Pembroke College, Cambridge, has cancelled a fancy dress party themed on <i>Around the World in Eighty Days</i> to ‘avoid the potential …

More GOP politicians have been arrested for sexual misconduct in bathrooms than trans people

Share Email Comments<p><b>Update, 2/24/17:</b> This Wednesday, President Trump revoked landmark protections that allowed transgender students to use the …

Lesbian teen asked to prove gender, ejected from McDonald’s for using women’s toilet

A lesbian has said she was kicked out of a McDonald’s for using the women’s toilets, after being mistaken for a man.<p>16-year-old Ny Richardson was …

McDonald's

There’s a reason some birds don’t seem to fly south for winter anymore, scientists say

By Darryl Fears<p>, Reporter<p>The birds and the bees are telling humans about much more than sex, a new study released Thursday says.<p>They are a harbinger of climate change, with species swapping habitats like a game of musical chairs as regions in Europe and the United States warm. Populations of …

Birds

Living cells ‘hacked’ and hijacked by MIT

Scientists at MIT have proven they can ‘hack’ living cells and programme them to carry out new tasks.<p>In the same way that computer language tells a machine how to operate, researchers have shown it is possible to write DNA ‘code’ and insert it into bacteria to alter how they function.<p>They hope that …

How to Host the Best Outdoor Summer Party in Any Space

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God Is a Question, Not an Answer

Near end of Albert Camus’s existentialist novel “The Stranger,” Meursault, the protagonist, is visited by a priest who offers him comfort in the face of his impending execution. Meursault, who has not cared about anything up to this point, wants none of it. He is an atheist in a foxhole. He …

Science News' favorite books of 2015

This biography of Alexander von Humboldt explores how the 19th century German naturalist’s expeditions helped lay the groundwork for our modern …

Books

The vile core of Trump’s appeal: Here’s the research that shows how racism animates his campaign

<b>Donald Trump (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)</b><p>Has racism fueled Donald Trump’s unlikely ascendence in the GOP? Yes, and here’s how we know<p>Sean McElwee • Philip Cohen<p>March 27, 2016 4:00pm (UTC)<p>As the idea of Donald Trump winning a major party nomination goes from ugly nightmare to increasingly real …

Republicans

Here's a surprising recipe replacement for eggs

You've heard of root-to-stalk and nose-to-tail cooking, but here's a way to limit waste that may not have crossed your mind: Use the water in a can …

DNA results are in: Early humans and Neanderthals made babies together

<b>(CNN) —</b> Neanderthals may not have been as lucky as our human ancestors in the long run, but that doesn't mean the two subspecies didn't <i>get</i> lucky.<p>Scientists have discovered that Homo sapiens -- that's us -- made more babies with archaic humanlike species than initially thought. That sexual history …

Why Swimming Is The Best Exercise Ever

Dive on in -- the water's fine.<p>Finding the perfect exercise regimen can feel like its own workout. Running might be too uninteresting, Crossfit could be too intimidating, spinning classes may be too loud.<p>Enter this tried and true workout you may not have considered: swimming.<p>Sure, the exercise may …

Behavior Science Discovers Productivity Boosters

<i>(Photo: New employees arrive at the campus of Amazon in Seattle. Ruth Fremson/The New York Times)</i><p><b>Behavior Science Discovers Productivity Boosters--and you already know two of them.</b><p>There are some people who pretend at productivity, whose résumés appear impressive until you realize their greatest …

Vegan Pasta Recipes That Taste Anything But

It's hard to imagine a creamy pasta dish without butter, cheese, and milk, but these vegan recipes prove you don't need dairy to make a silky smooth …

Vegan

Mapping Where to Find Elves in Iceland's Proposed New National Park

An incredibly detailed map shows where Icelanders have come into contact with “hidden people.”<p>It’s an oft-reported, can-you-even-believe-it fact that many people in Iceland still believe in the possible existence of elves. This myth from the country’s folk traditions has persisted, and the niggling …

National Parks

The Truth Is, Philosophy Rules Your World

If philosophy's main goal is to figure out what makes life worth living, it is also, by extension, a preparation for dying. Plato knew this and took it to heart. And now we can listen to him again, and learn something useful. The man who gave us philosophy as we know it is back, walking among us, …

Spinoza, part 1: Philosophy as a way of life

Although Baruch Spinoza is one of the great thinkers of the European philosophical tradition, he was not a professional scholar – he earned his modest living as a lens grinder. So, unlike many thinkers of his time, he was unconstrained by allegiance to a church, university or royal court. He was …