13.7: Cosmos And Culture
Aug 22, 2014 — What makes some middle-aged men and women act like children at the baseball park? Commentator Alva NoŽ wonders about that distinct attitude of love and longing that we call "being a fan."
Aug 21, 2014 — Are trigger warnings a good idea when teachers ask students to consider material about emotionally wrenching topics? Anthropologist Barbara J. King says yes — in some cases.
Aug 20, 2014 — Is immortality something desirable, or a many-headed monster? Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says that as medical science extends our lifespan, the question becomes more real all the time.
Aug 19, 2014 — Life as we know it is being threatened by everything from climate change to resource depletion. Commentator Adam Frank looks back at 1177 B.C. — and what we might learn from peoples past.
Aug 18, 2014 — What can a near-encounter with poison hemlock tell us about childhood development and problems of induction? Commentator Tania Lombrozo explains.
Aug 14, 2014 — Restorative for the spirit, hiking in the wild involves risks. Though commentator Barbara J. King's husband ran into trouble on the trail recently, she says increased public access is not the answer.
Aug 13, 2014 — Life doesn't necessarily lead to intelligence. So, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser, the fact that we are thinking, molecular machines should mean something — and redefine the way we relate.
Aug 12, 2014 — These two realms of life may seem like an odd couple. In the spirit of summer's lack of seriousness, astrophysicist Adam Frank reflects on the work of one band that has spent decades linking the two.
Aug 11, 2014 — That moment when you first open Twitter. Commentator Tania Lombrozo takes a look at the language of social media.
Aug 8, 2014 — Recent studies have given the field a bad rap as of late. Commentator Alva NoŽ says the problem is not with the idea of connoisseurship but with an underlying picture of how perception works.