Who First Buried the Dead?

November 14, 2017

Evidence of burial rites by the primitive, small-brained Homo naledi suggests that symbolic behaviour is very ancient indeed

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History tells us that fears about designer babies are exaggerated when it comes to the alteration, deletion, or swapping of genes in human embryos, renowned bioethicist Alta Charo, PhD, said during a TEDMED 2017 talk in Palm Springs, California

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At some point, the brains in the basement were definitely going to become a draw. How could they not? There were hundreds of them, all floating in clear jars with peeling yellowed labels: a grim diagnosis; a person’s name. Plus, this wasn’t just any basement. It lay beneath Yale’s medical school dorm, and behind a locked door that could be breached with a screwdriver

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Statues: An Editorial Response

September 19, 2017

Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief of Nature responds to the widespread criticisms to an editorial warning about the risks of “removing statues or altering the names of awards or streets that honor researchers who committed atrocious acts in the name of science.”

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Dr. Jen Gunter writes, “This is what I know about Sims from reading multiple journals and textbooks from the 1800s (both before and after Sims infamy), his autobiography and the autobiography of Dr. Emmet, as well as the work of modern historians and ethicists and if you are defending anything to do with Sims you should know it as well.”

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Imagination Is Ancient

September 11, 2017

Our imaginative life today has access to the pre-linguistic, ancestral mind: rich in imagery, emotions and associations

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Honors for Racist Scientists

September 7, 2017

As debate over statues and building names moves from Confederate generals to researchers, editorial in Nature receives intense backlash

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The editors suggest, “Science must acknowledge mistakes as it marks its past.”

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