Senior Editor, Aeon+Psyche
Pam is an editor and writer specialising in psychology, neuroscience and the sciences. She has previously worked as executive and features editor at Discover, where her acquisitions were widely anthologised and received numerous national awards; a consulting editor at Psychology Today; and in a range of roles at Omni magazine, from senior editor and editor-at-large to founding editor of Omni online. She is author of 16 books on medicine, psychology and lifestyle, including Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic, which won the American Medical Writers Association book award in 2009. She can be found on Twitter @pam3001.
Film and visual culture
Fighting kung fu
From chopsocky films to disco earworms, Asian caricatures have proliferated since the 1970s. Can Hollywood kick the habit?
We are not empty
The concept of the atomic void is one of the most repeated mistakes in popular science. Molecules are packed with stuff
Mood and emotion
When grief doesn’t end
Suffering the sudden death of a loved person leaves some survivors stuck in grief. Can they win their lives back – and how?
Martin W Angler
The dinosaurs didn’t rule
When we think of changes in Earth’s history as changes of dynasty we miss out on understanding how life really works
The ancient world
The great libraries of Rome
Passersby could wander at will into grand public libraries in imperial Rome. Could they trust what they found inside?
War and peace
Chorus of testimony
Anne Frank’s diary is one of thousands of desperate, secret and vivid journals each bearing witness to the reality of war
Noticing first one then many parrots, peacocks, owls and more birds in Old Master paintings taught me to truly see the world
Information and communication
To converse well
A good conversation bridges the distances between people and imbues life with pleasure and a sense of discovery
Paula Marantz Cohen
Why does the quantum world behave in that strange, spooky way? Here’s our simple, four-step explanation (no magic needed)
Huw Price & Ken Wharton
In the eyes of the Runa people, Western kids grow up indulged, over-mothered and incapable of facing outward to the world
All possible worlds
Long a matter of philosophical speculation, the idea of multiple realities has been given new artistic licence by physics
History of technology
A group of 1970s campus librarians foresaw our world of distributed knowledge and research, and designed search tools for it