As we mourn the poet, we mourn a way of being in the world
Childhood foods may evoke lush memories, but are they true?
The selfish gene is a great meme. Too bad it’s so wrong
The God of the Old Testament was no distant immortal
As we mourn the poet, do we not mourn the loss of what he had in his keeping: a way of living that served us for aeons?
The madeleine effect
Why is the smell and taste of some foods so evocative of the past? I spent a day eating childhood favourites to find out
Die, selfish gene, die
The selfish gene is one of the most successful science metaphors ever invented. Unfortunately, it’s wrong
The ancient God of Judaism and Islam was no distant immortal, but a god of domestic life, infertility and fratricide
The fire burns yet
Native American peoples are still here and still caring for their land. Can their conquerors say the same?
Do insects feel pain? Are they conscious? A science kit for at-home cyborg cockroaches provokes the hard questions
The digital soul
My Facebook page may be part of my identity, but can it give me a virtual afterlife?
The more we hate it, the more it agrees with us. How advertising turned anti-consumerism into a secret weapon
Back on the islands of my childhood, I’m clinging to sobriety, searching for a rare bird that’s also on the brink
Life after death
The idea of life after death lives on in near-death experiences and messages from beyond the grave. What’s the evidence?
Is dining al fresco among tombstones an Asian thing?
What does the circus of Silicon Valley say about innovation?
Why do we set such store by missives from on high?
Biotechnology and the lost art of neutrality
My paranormal adventure in pursuit of life after death
Why does our universe appear specially made for us?
Adolescents take crazy risks that make perfect sense
How families and feelings built human culture
What goes on in our minds when we see someone naked?
Do dolphins really share a special bond with humans?
We live in a one-track world, but anyone can become a polymath
Don’t believe in miracles until you’ve done the math
I was a thrifty Yankee with a big crush on the American West
Nothing embodies powerlessness quite like dirty laundry
Shallow-buried stories of slavery still haunt my home county
Why does the mummy’s curse refuse to die?
Left and Right are over. The future is Up and Down
My grandfather’s vagabond past
Friends, allies and lovers – animal family is complicated
Travel the world, work on New York time. What could go wrong?
Ăsa Blanck, Johan Palmgren