13.7: Cosmos And Culture
Mar 7, 2014 — A new book by Scott Weems on humor and human nature raises fascinating questions about why we laugh. Commentator Alva NoŽ cracks up easily and asks for help collecting some more jokes.
Mar 6, 2014 — "After our primate cousins came down out of the trees, humans evolved on the savanna." You've heard that idea before, but is it true? The debate heats up — way up.
Mar 6, 2014 — Many members of the 13.7 community have asked for news of blogger Barbara J. King's health. The news is here and it is good!
Mar 5, 2014 — The gift of believing in imagination, enjoying it as if it's real, usually falls away in adulthood. But keeping the door open between the imagined and real worlds can show us the way forward.
Mar 4, 2014 — As those with Alzheimer's disease lose their memories, do they also lose their identities? Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers new research into traits seen as central to identity.
Mar 4, 2014 — DNA. RNA. Amino acids. They all sound so abstract, so far from human reality. But it's the stuff from which you are constructed. Commentator Adam Frank shares a video that brings it all to life.
Feb 28, 2014 — Could it be that we are living in a giant, convincing simulation? If so, we've got a lot to be mad about, says commentator Alva NoŽ.
Feb 27, 2014 — It can be exasperating, when life throws a little unfairness your way. When that happens to commentator Barbara J. King, she watches this video featuring an experiment with two monkeys. It helps.
Feb 26, 2014 — As we learn more about the brain, we should ask whether learning too much might, ultimately, compromise our freedom. Simulating reality could be a threat to reality, warns commentator Marcelo Gleiser.
Feb 25, 2014 — You are living in an age of wonders, says commentator Adam Frank. Every day we take part in activities that once seemed like the realm of science fiction. So why are you so dissatisfied?