by Stephen L. Talbott
Modern biology has tried to abolish purpose from living things — even as biologists implicitly attribute purposes and goals to molecules, genes, and the evolutionary process of natural selection. Stephen L. Talbott exposes the hidden assumptions behind the view that purpose in nature is just an illusion, and shows why purpose cannot be ignored or explained away.
by Rebecca Oas
Increasing access to contraception is a major development goal for many foundations, NGOs, and international agencies. But as Rebecca Oas explains, the claim that the world’s poorest need more contraception is based on a deeply flawed concept.
Science isn’t self-correcting, it’s self-destructing. To save the enterprise, argues Daniel Sarewitz, scientists must come out of the lab and into the real world.
MORE ON THE INTEGRITY OF SCIENCE:
- Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus praise the growing scrutiny of scientific publications
- Barbara A. Spellman on the role of technological and demographic changes
by Jacob Hoerger
Light pollution confuses animals and makes astronomy harder — but those are small sacrifices for all the safety and productivity that electric lighting permits. Yet, argues Jacob Hoerger, we also lose something less measurable when we lose sight of the twinkling stars in the black: a sense of our own finitude.
by Joseph E. Davis
Critics sometimes accuse modern medicine of focusing too narrowly on the causes of specific maladies instead of holistically maintaining health and wellness. But, as Joseph E. Davis explains, the reductionist style of medicine and the lifestyle that goes with it are deeply connected to our cultural priorities and how we think of ourselves as autonomous individuals.
by Orsolya Ujj
Why are genetically modified foods ubiquitous in America but rare in Europe? The answer, as Orsolya Ujj explains, is deeply rooted in cultural and philosophical differences between the two continents.