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Proposed Ban on Ape Research Caps Summer of the Chimps

This summer has seen the release of a blockbuster movie, acclaimed documentary and news-worthy research paper that all—in different but weirdly complementary ways—present sympathetic portraits of chimpanzees, our hirsute doppelgangers...

August 12, 2011 — John Horgan

What a Rabid Skunk Taught Me about God's (Non)existence

Not to turn this column into Animal Planet , but I'd like to follow up my recent post about a cute bear with a story about a not-so-cute skunk, which offers a lesson about the amoral genius of evolution.The episode took place on a summer morning three years ago, when I let my black, curly-coated retriever Merlin out into our backyard...

August 8, 2011 — John Horgan

The Curse of Iatrogenesis: When "Cures" Make Us Sicker

In my previous post, I proposed that much or all of the effectiveness of antidepressants may stem from the placebo effect. In Anatomy of an Epidemic (Crown, 2010), the journalist Robert Whitaker raises the even more disturbing possibility that psychiatric drugs, on balance, may be making many people sicker...

July 18, 2011 — John Horgan

In Defense of Wishful Thinking

In my most recent post and others—and in chats with George Johnson and Robert Wright on Bloggingheads.tv —I rail against biological determinism and defend free will.

July 5, 2011 — John Horgan

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