by Jonathan Leo & Jeffrey Lacasse Society Download as PDF Abstract The cause of mental disorders such as depression remains unknown. However, the idea that neurotransmitter imbalances cause depression is vigorously promoted by pharmaceutical companies and the psychiatric profession at large. We examine media reports referring to this chemical imbalance theory and ask reporters for … Continue reading The Media and the Chemical Imbalance Theory of Depression
Scientific testing zeroes in on the advantages of a zebra’s striped coat. by Tim Caro,Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Ecology, University of California, Davis and Martin How, Biological Sciences, University of Bristol Conversation Feb 20, 2019 Zebras are famous for their contrasting black and white stripes – but until very recently no one really knew what's the use of sporting … Continue reading How Did the Zebra Get Its Stripes?
Philosophy need not be arcane, argued Aristotle, as he led by example, writing treatises for peers and public alike by Edith Hall Aeon Feb In a democratic society, where, in theory, every citizen contributes to the process of deliberation – or at least to the choice of representatives who will deliberate on her behalf – … Continue reading Speak to the Shoemaker: Aristotle’s Public Example
by BRANKO MARCETIC Jacobin Jan 28, 2019 If the Democrats really believed the science on climate change, they'd be offering far more radical proposals. We have to make them. "Après nous, le déluge!" Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer talk during an event at the US Capitol on January 16 in Washington DC. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Imagine … Continue reading The Democrats Are Climate Change Deniers
TomDispatch Dec 11, 2018 It’s not been a good era for migrants -- and no, I’m not talking about those “caravans” of desperate human beings from Central America heading for the U.S. (and the wrath of Donald J. Trump). I’m thinking about birds -- shorebirds, in fact, which are surely the greatest migrants on the planet. … Continue reading The Vanishing
Necessary cognitive fortification against propaganda, pseudoscience, and general falsehood. BY MARIA POPOVA Brain Pickings Carl Sagan (November 9, 1934–December 20, 1996) was many things — a cosmic sage, voracious reader,hopeless romantic, and brilliant philosopher. But above all, he endures as our era’s greatest patron saint of reason and critical thinking, a master of the vital … Continue reading The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking
By Maria Konnikova New Yorker As a whole, the population of the United States is wealthier today than it has ever been. But, as has often been reported, the relative increases haven’t been uniform. In 1970, the top ten per cent of the population earned a third of the total national income. By 2012, it earned … Continue reading America’s Surprising Views on Income Inequality