Scientific Racism & Pseudoscience: Probing the Early Minds of a Dark Past

If an observer were to sit in on a university science course, he or she would fail to find the professor giving an introductory history lesson on the hallmarks in that particular field. Usually, the history lesson comes from the introduction of concepts surrounding the subject, with less emphasis on the minds that shaped the approaches. However, if we probe …

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Society’s Perception: Is Intelligence All Genes?

There are many longstanding beliefs about intelligence, the most prevalent idea, dating far back in history and the crux on which aristocracy differentiated themselves from peasants, is the belief that intelligence is largely dependent on biology. Some people are simply born smart. Difficult to swallow? Many researchers and politicians would agree that this belief is far from reality, but based …

Is the American Stance on Evolution Evolving?

The theory of evolution faced a strong backlash in the very beginning. In fact, Charles Darwin did not even venture near the topic of human evolution when he initially published his now famous On the Origin of Species. Then, he faced the threat of religious disapproval in 19th century England, but hundreds of years later, is the United States, a …

The Xenotext Experiment

Experimental poet Christian Bök has conceived a project of absurd ambition. For the last 13 years he has been working on The Xenotext Experiment, “a literary exercise that explores the aesthetic potential of genetics in the modern milieu [1].” Bök is pushing the limits of language and extending the purview of the contemporary poet. He has created an artifact of …

Synthetic Happiness or Sour Grapes?

As children, the word, “bedtime” held but one meaning: fables that intensified our imagination and simultaneously taught us timeless morals. One such famous tale was that of Aesop’s “The Fox and the Grapes.” “One hot summer’s day a fox was strolling through an orchard till he came to a bunch of grapes just ripening on a vine which had been …

Medical Forums: Helpful or Harmful?

Most of us can likely recount a situation where some strange symptom, such as a lingering pain or a previously unnoticed bump has sent us searching the Internet for answers. Often times these searches do more harm than good, convincing us that we have a serious and fatal illness, and sending us running to the doctor, which may have been …