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Kevin Shapiro

Kevin Shapiro

In the lexicon of modern intellectual life, there are few epithets more loaded than “denialist.” This refers to someone who does not merely deny an...

The Hard-Wired Aesthete The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution By Denis Dutton Bloomsbury, 288 pages, $25.00 Moviegoers looking for the bathroom in the basement of a rehabilitated...

Until last year, James Dewey Watson was famous for two things. One was his discovery, with Francis Crick, of the structure of DNA, for which...

Mystic Chords Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks Knopf. 400 pp. $26.00 A general surgeon once remarked to me that neurologists do not cure disease—they...

Though the fear of man-made global warming has come to dominate our cultural discourse, the science behind the scare is looking increasingly uncertain. David Evans...

About eleven years ago I happened to sit down for breakfast with Marvin Minsky and his wife, the pediatrician Gloria Rudisch. Having just begun to...

Max Boot's insistence that only climatologists should be allowed to comment on global warming is bizarre, and actually anti-scientific, if you think about it. As...

I thought that Max Boot’s analogy between the conventional wisdom on climate change and the pre-war intelligence on Iraq’s WMD's was an apt one. But...

In 1906 the Swedish chemist Svante Arrhenius published a popular book speculating on the origins of the earth and of life upon it. (An English...

By now most well-informed people know the sorry tale of Hwang Woo Suk, the South Korean veterinarian who rose to scientific superstardom as a pioneer...

The Republican War on Science by Chris Mooney Basic. 342 pp. $24.95 Ever since John Stuart Mill identified Britain’s Conservatives as “the stupid party,” it has been fashionable...

In 1769, Wolfgang von Kempelen, a thirty-five-year-old Hungarian engineer, built the world's first chess computer—a chest-sized cabinet of gears and cogs behind which sat a...