Follow @yaleSCIbooks Sarah Underwood— For ninety-five percent of human’s existence on earth, people generally respected each other’s dignity. As hunter-gatherers, humans had to protect themselves from wild animals and the elements. It made little sense for others of our own species to become extra enemies. For the last five percent
Google famously used “Don’t be evil” as their (informal) corporate slogan during the last decade. Recently though, the company has faced more and more accusations that it mimics any other giant, greedy corporation, from its making privacy difficult on Google+ to preventing customers from using competitive operating systems. Whether or
If you Google the phrase “movies with the word ‘love’ in the title,” you could spend an amazingly long time reading list after list of endless films. Hollywood knows that the word “love” is like pouring gasoline on your marketing campaign’s fire—it could go very badly, but it is going
In 2013 a new edition of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) will be published, and the American Psychiatric Association has already begun to prepare it. A number of mental health professionals are warning that the expanded diagnoses are leading to a world in which almost no
Ever find yourself daydreaming or doodling only to feel guilty for not paying attention? Well, maybe your guilt has been misplaced. The New York Times recently published an article called “Discovering the Virtues of a Wandering Mind” with the premise that daydreaming might not be so bad for you after
Two recent issues of Scientific American highlighted a number of Yale University Press science books in a competitive field of publications. Both G. A. Bradshaw’s Elephants on the Edge and John Wargo’s Green Intelligence were singled out as notable non-fiction selections in the magazine’s December round-up. This month, Saleem H.