Category: Science

colonizing Mars won’t be nearly as exciting as we think

Micah Meadowcroft is in top form with this essay at The New Atlantis about the letdown that colonizing Mars could be: Consider your place in our interplanetary future. Let us speculate. Suppose that SpaceX or some similar enterprise has succeeded,...

/ November 7, 2018

where Foucault and the Apostle Paul meet

This interview with Alan Jacobs is full of all the things I love to think about! The new book has an “Interlude,” in which you point to “other pilgrims, other paths,” and one of the figures is Dorothy Day, an icon...

/ October 29, 2018

“Nothing can take form except within limits.”

Wendell Berry summarizes many of our contemporary problems quite well in this excellent interview with Gracy Olmstead: Those problems could be summed up as the triumph of industrialism and industrial values over the lives of living creatures, and over the...

/ October 9, 2018

when inadequate care kills people

This Lancet study suggests that low-quality health care is responsible for more deaths than lack of access to healthcare at all. Education is key to further developing healthcare systems — it’s why we do what we do! In low-income countries,...

/ October 8, 2018

everything you know about obesity is wrong — well, maybe not everything

This essay about obesity, stigma, and medical practitioners by Michael Hobbes is arresting and convicting: And the medical community’s primary response to this shift has been to blame fat people for being fat. Obesity, we are told, is a personal failing...

/ October 5, 2018

the ecosystems of vacant lots

Having lived around a lot of vacant lots in Baltimore and seen many that were tinkered with and then abandoned again, this story from Andrea Appleton about a researcher trying to find what grows best, absorbs toxins, and retains stormwater...

/ September 4, 2018

the devil in the details

Jeffrey Bilbro has an excellent essay ruminating on the question of GMOs in the New Jerusalem, inspired by Abigail Murrish’s thoughts at Christianity Today on the same. Here’s Murrish: if the New Jerusalem will have as-yet-unseen cultural diversity—the best of what...

/ August 28, 2018

“the joy of cryptozoology”

How can you not love an essay like this? Clare Coffey is a delight to read: That the movements of the human mind, its bent for narrative and order, might correspond to something real besides raw evolutionary fitness simply does...

/ August 24, 2018

CTE , football, and black men

Bradford William Davis has an excellent interview with Dr. Bennet Omalu, the Nigerian-born neuropathologist who is sounding the alarm on chronic traumatic encephalopathy: If you ask Omalu today, he’ll tell you that you should never, ever play football again. In...

/ August 10, 2018

ends and kinds in creation

I appreciated Matthew Arbo’s short reflections on Oliver O’Donovan and creation:  “abstraction from teleology creates dangerous misunderstanding of the place of man in the universe.” The turn here is Copernican. Teleological order is no longer in creation, but is instead rationally...

/ April 26, 2018