Jan 29, 2013 — Is your Mind real, or just an afterthought in the life of your brain? What if the Mind was something as real as Space and Time and Higgs Bosons?
Oct 30, 2012 — Can there be knowledge of right and wrong? Or is the idea that values can be the object of knowledge a grand illusion? Thomas Nagel, in his new book, comes down solidly on one side of this argument. Commentator Alva Noë weighs in with his thoughts.
Oct 12, 2012 — Can natural science find a place for us in its vision of the cosmos? Thomas Nagel, in a new book, demands we take this question seriously. He is right to do so.
Dec 8, 2009 — Critic Jonathan Hunt's picks include love stories between historical figures; fantasy and supernatural fiction that doesn't concern vampires or werewolves; and time traveling mysteries.
Dec 8, 2009 — Deborah Heiligman's historical novel examines the tension between Charles and Emma Darwin as the agnostic biologist and his devoutly Christian wife struggle with issues of family, faith, and science.
Apr 24, 2008 — Studying Charles Darwin's documents has evolved from visiting the library at Cambridge University to visiting a Web site. The British university has just made a trove of about 20,000 papers from Darwin's life and studies accessible online.
Apr 3, 2007 — Janet Browne talks about the life of Charles Darwin. Her new book, Darwin's Origin of Species, takes a look at the English naturalist and his theory of evolution. The biography is the latest in a series called "Books that Changed the World."
Sep 20, 2006 — Some of science's great ideas were created in homespun ways. To test his ideas on evolution, Charles Darwin and his butler dropped asparagus into a tub. Darwin's oldest son studied dead pigeons by letting them float upside down in a bowl.
May 11, 2005 — In his book, Trials of the Monkey, Matthew Chapman, the great-great grandson of Charles Darwin, writes about his experiences traveling to American communities where the theory of evolution has been attacked. Chapman speaks to Alex Chadwick.
Mar 12, 2005 — When Scott Simon got in the back of Will Grozier's London taxi, the conversation was so lively that Simon still turns to him for reading suggestions. Grozier offers a list of what he's been reading lately.