Book Club Discussion of Brandon Taylor&rsquo;s <em>Real Life</em>
Book Club Discussion of Brandon Taylor’s Real Life
The Scientist Social Club talked with the author.
Book Club Discussion of Brandon Taylor’s Real Life
Book Club Discussion of Brandon Taylor’s Real Life

The Scientist Social Club talked with the author.

The Scientist Social Club talked with the author.

books
Book Excerpt from <em>Finding the Mother Tree</em>
Book Excerpt from Finding the Mother Tree
Suzanne Simard | May 1, 2021
In the book’s introduction, “Connections,” Suzanne Simard relates how her “perception of the woods has been turned upside down.”
Opinion: Western Canada Must Stop Clearcutting Its &ldquo;Mother&rdquo; Trees
Opinion: Western Canada Must Stop Clearcutting Its “Mother” Trees
Suzanne Simard, Teresa Ryan | May 1, 2021
Feeding the world’s insatiable appetite for wood products is sacrificing the future of a crucial ecosystem.
Book Excerpt From <em>How to Be Animal</em>
Book Excerpt From How to Be Animal
Melanie Challenger | Apr 1, 2021
In Chapter 1, “The Indelible Stamp,” author Melanie Challenger addresses the idea of human exceptionalism.
Opinion: Facing Assumptions About the Duality of Human and Animal
Opinion: Facing Assumptions About the Duality of Human and Animal
Melanie Challenger | Apr 1, 2021
Since Darwin published his landmark work on natural selection, we’ve understood that we’re animals. But that doesn’t mean we really believe it.
Book Excerpt From <em>A Most Remarkable Creature</em>
Book Excerpt From A Most Remarkable Creature
Jonathan Meiburg | Mar 30, 2021
In Chapter 15, “Above the Falls,” author Jonathan Meiburg recounts an evening on a research expedition near the Rewa River in Guyana.
Lessons from Darwin&rsquo;s &ldquo;Mischievous&rdquo; Birds
Lessons from Darwin’s “Mischievous” Birds
Jonathan Meiburg | Mar 1, 2021
An unsung group of South American falcons yields clues to the prehistory of a continent, and hints at secrets of the avian brain.
Book Excerpt from <em>Resetting the Table</em>
Book Excerpt from Resetting the Table
Robert Paarlberg | Feb 3, 2021
In his book’s introduction, author Robert Paarlberg advocates for the use of modern science in agriculture.
Opinion: Europe Is Sinking Biotech&mdash;Again
Opinion: Europe Is Sinking Biotech—Again
Robert Paarlberg | Feb 1, 2021
Scientifically groundless regulations could undercut the potential of gene-edited crops, much as they have with GMOs.
Book excerpt from <em>The Puzzle Solver</em>
Book excerpt from The Puzzle Solver
Tracie White | Jan 5, 2021
In Chapter 3, “The Adventure,” author Tracie White meets Whitney Dafoe, a young man imprisoned by a chronic disease.
A Geneticist&rsquo;s Quest to Understand His Son&rsquo;s Mysterious Disease
A Geneticist’s Quest to Understand His Son’s Mysterious Disease
Tracie White | Jan 1, 2021
Ronald Davis of Stanford University changed his focus to research on ME/CFS, the disease formerly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, in a bid to help his son and others like him.
Book Excerpt from <em>When Brains Dream</em>
Book Excerpt from When Brains Dream
Robert Stickgold, Antonio Zadra | Dec 1, 2020
Ferreting out the biological function of dreaming is a frontier in neuroscience.
Opinion: The Biological Function of Dreams
Opinion: The Biological Function of Dreams
Robert Stickgold, Antonio Zadra | Dec 1, 2020
The scenarios that run through our sleeping brains may help us explore possible solutions to concerns from our waking lives.
<em>Transcendent Kingdom</em> TS Book Club Discussion
Transcendent Kingdom TS Book Club Discussion
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Nov 26, 2020
Join The Scientist on December 11 to discuss Yaa Gyasi’s sophomore novel, about a Stanford University neuroscience grad student navigating family issues, lab work, and her emerging identity.
Book Excerpt from <em>Every Life is On Fire</em>
Book Excerpt from Every Life is On Fire
Jeremy England | Nov 1, 2020
In Chapter 7, “Wind and Breath,” author Jeremy England considers research findings that point to a surprising, emergent property of seemingly disordered molecules.
Reconsidering Life&rsquo;s Origin
Reconsidering Life’s Origin
Jeremy England | Nov 1, 2020
Is the model of early life as a freak occurrence in a disordered, primordial soup of chemicals wrong?
Book Excerpt from <em>The Nature of Fear</em>
Book Excerpt from The Nature of Fear
Daniel T. Blumstein | Oct 21, 2020
In the book’s prologue, author Daniel T. Blumstein explains his introduction to the study of fear.
Opinion: What Animals Can Teach Us About Fear
Opinion: What Animals Can Teach Us About Fear
Daniel T. Blumstein | Oct 1, 2020
Fear binds us to our human and nonhuman ancestors. Understanding the emotion can help us grapple with challenges we face today.
Book Excerpt from <em>How Zoologists Organize Things</em>
Book Excerpt from How Zoologists Organize Things
David Bainbridge | Sep 1, 2020
In Chapter 1, “An ABC of Early Classification,” author David Bainbridge explores the theological roots of zoology.
Opinion: Zoology&rsquo;s Racism Problem
Opinion: Zoology’s Racism Problem
David Bainbridge | Sep 1, 2020
A new book explores the history of scientists’ efforts to classify living things.