When is a Wolf Not a Wolf?

When did humans domesticate dogs from wolves? How would you know?

The Pain of Autism

Why would a mother be driven to suicide while trying to get help for a severely autistic and violent child?

Abortion and Contraception: Maryann's Lesson

What was it like when neither contraception nor abortion were readily available?

The Roots of Evil and Violence

What caused Adam Lazka to murder 26 people in Newtown Ct.? Was he simply evil? Or was it something more subtle and more fundamental?

Why Does It Hurt so Much to Lose a Pet?

Do we need somebody to love? What role do pets play in our emotional lives?

The Chicken or the Egg? Is a Bird a Bird or a Dinosaur?

Analysis of dinosaur eggs like this one yielded unexpected evidence that meat-eating dinosaurs brooded their eggs like most modern birds do.

Betrayal and Disappointment

Is it ever right to do wrong to accomplish a good end? A new book by Jane Goodall and Gail Hudson, due to be published April 2, is held up by accusations of plagiarism.

My Cat Is a Serial Killer

This the face of a serial killer. Is she simply doing her job or is she decimating the ecosystem?

The Roots of Evil and Violence

What caused Adam Lanza to murder 26 people in Newtown? Was he simply evil? Or was it something more subtle and more fundamental?

Just Who Is Endangered?

The death of a toddler at a zoo and a bonobo at a research facility remind us that life in never safe. Who is responsible?

Are We Being Set Up For Fatal Mistakes?

Why do we ignore safety warnings and act like the wilderness is our backyard? Danger and death are part of nature.

Who Belongs Behind Bars?

Great apes are intelligent, social, sensitive, immensely strong, and dangerous. Is it ever moral to confine such animals to captivity for life?

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

One of the greatest conservation triumphs—the return of the gray wolf to the western U.S.—is also endangering the species anew. What is the right thing to do?

Are We Being Set Up for Fatal Mistakes?

Why do we ignore safety warnings and act like the wilderness is a suburban backyard? Danger and death are part of nature.

The Heart of Darkness in State College

Pedophilia scandals at two prestigious schools lay bare the heart of darkness that lay hidden, undiscussed, and unacknowledged for so long.

If Music Be the Food of Love

Why did modern humans survive the climatic deterioration in Paleolithic Europe, when Neandertals went extinct? Did music help?

Should I Have Said Something?

Marfan is a genetic disorder that affects the connective tissue that holds our bodies together. Marfan can play a role in many health problems, most especially in the heart, eyes, and joints. I long suspected my friend might have it. Should I have said something?

Why Do People Cheat and Lie?

Why would someone commit the greatest scientific hoax in paleoanthropology?

Living With Snakes

Why are some people afraid of snakes and others not?

Dogs Are Our Oldest Friends

What does it mean that dogs are our oldest friends? Human-dog-human communication has developed since 32,000 years ago...

What Role Does Empathy Play in Intelligence?

"No intelligent life here, Captain"—Part II: How did the domestication of dogs ensure our survival?

No Intelligent Life Here, Captain - Part 1

Why is there only one human species alive in the world today, when once there were several? Why did we survive?

Why Do Rape and Pedophilia Exist?

I've been thinking about sex abuse and pedophilia a lot lately. It has been painful.

Hard-Wired for Perception -- of Whom? The Cross-Species Dialogue

Did dogs domesticate US or did we domesticate THEM?

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