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  • Originally published 05/24/2016

    Yuval Noah Harari turns to fiction

    In the novel, "Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow,” the historian warns that Artificial Intelligence will lead to a future class of useless humans.

  • Originally published 05/22/2016

    The brain is not a computer

    Robert Epstein

    Each age reinterprets the brain in terms of its prevailing technology. This is an error.

  • Originally published 02/22/2016

    The brain privileges storytelling

    Michael S. Gazzaniga

    How an experiment on split brain patients led to a breakthrough finding, as told by the scientist who conducted the experiment.

  • Originally published 02/11/2016

    Infographic: The evolution of humans

    To celebrate his birthday and Darwin Day, the University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) team has read through the hundreds of academic works available to delve into the history of humanity. View their infographic and find out for yourself how we became human.

  • Originally published 11/16/2015

    The Story Trap

    Philip Ball

    We use neat stories to explain everything from sports matches to symphonies. Is it time to leave the nursery of the mind?

  • Originally published 11/02/2015

    It's Too Soon to Call This the Anthropocene

    Vaclav Smil

    "Next year the International Geological Congress will consider recognizing this name as the latest addition to the standard geological time scales. My reaction, echoing the Romans: Festina lente. Make haste slowly."

  • Originally published 10/30/2015

    Paradigms Lost

    David P. Barash

    Science is not a ‘body of knowledge’ – it’s a dynamic, ongoing reconfiguration of knowledge and must be free to change.

  • Originally published 10/15/2015

    Geneticists Reconstruct Population History Of New York City

    By Combining Genetic Data, Ancestry Information, And Electronic Health Records, Scientists Are Able To Identify Neighborhood-Level Patterns Of Migration In The New York City Area, According To Research Presented At The American Society Of Human Genetics (Ashg) 2015 Annual Meeting In Baltimore.

  • Originally published 04/06/2015

    Why Politicians Need Science

    Michael Shermer

    Remember: Before the triumph of science, we burned witches at the stake and thought that kings ruled by divine right.  

  • Originally published 03/19/2015

    How humans became human

    Avi Tuschman

    In an international bestseller Youval Harari lays out a grand new history of our species focusing on 3 major revolutions: Cognitive Revolution, Agricultural Revolution, Scientific Revolution.

  • Originally published 02/06/2015

    The Key to the Success of Homo Sapiens

    Yuval Noah Harari

    In a one-on-one brawl, a Neanderthal would probably have beaten a Sapiens. But in a conflict of hundreds, Neanderthals wouldn’t stand a chance. Why? Sapiens possess the ability to create fictions.

  • Originally published 08/13/2014

    The War over War

    Peter Turchin

    Is Steven Pinker right that violence has been declining over time?

  • Originally published 11/11/2015

    Science, Large and Small

    Steve Hochstadt

    My dogs would make poor scientists, because they can be individual learners at best, unable to profit from the knowledge gained by other members of their species. But they are better scientists than Republican know-nothings, because they learn from the world around them without political filters and ideological blinders.

  • Originally published 10/10/2015

    What the Prostate Gland Can Teach Us About War-Fighting

    (R)evolutionary Biology

    A clue:  The lesson of natural selection is that even mathematically precise systems fall short of perfection. We should keep this in mind as we assess what led to the bombing of a hospital run by Doctors without Borders.