Barbara J King

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A Virtual View Of A Slaughterhouse

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Virtual reality can be wildly entertaining, but it also can inform us in hard-hitting ways about social justice issues, including those of animals, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.


Getting Science Right In Film: It's Not The Facts, Folks

Saturday, January 30, 2016

When films capture the method of science, that's when magic happens: It matters more than getting the facts right, says blogger Barbara J. King.


Teenage 'Eagle Huntress' Overturns 2,000 Years Of Male Tradition

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A charismatic teenage girl from Mongolia inspires this year's Sundance Film Festival. Aisholpan Nurgaiv and her family talk with anthropologist Barbara J. King.


An Unkillable Myth About Atheists

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The idea that atheists cling to their nonbelief despite a sad loss of meaning in their lives is a tired old myth, says anthropologist and atheist Barbara J. King.


Can Babies Be Obese?

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Some babies are born at weights considered greater than "normal" for full-term newborns. Anthropologist Barbara J. King explores whether babies can be termed medically obese.


Can Animals Think Abstractly?

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Do animals "get" that when they mate, babies may result? The science says no, but anthropologist Barbara J. King says we shouldn't discount other evidence for animals' abstract thinking.


Watch How Elephants May Hear Distant Water

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Elephants display a striking ability to hear distant thunderstorms, says anthropologist Barbara J. King. She suggests watching a video that caught some elephants reacting on film.


The Magdala Stone May Be A Portal To Early Religion

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Archaeological excavations at an ancient synagogue in Israel offer glimpses of first-century Judaism — and maybe Christianity, too, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.


Famous Gorilla 'Gives' A Climate Speech

Thursday, December 10, 2015

What should we make of a video address by a sign-language-using gorilla to participants of the Paris climate conference? Anthropologist Barbara J. King says it's problematic.


Why Cancer Is 'Gone' Discourse Doesn't Help Cancer Patients

Monday, December 07, 2015

Media have reported that the cancer Jimmy Carter has been fighting is "gone." While it's wonderful that he has no detectable cancer in his body, the language used is important, says Barbara J. King.


Rock Climbing Superstar Quests For Energy Sustainability

Thursday, December 03, 2015

What does the world's most famous free solo climber do when he's not on the wall? Anthropologist Barbara J. King talks to Alex Honnold about climbing — and his interest in energy and the environment.


Beyond Gratitude: Pitching In To Rescue Animals

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Animal rescuers deserve our gratitude — from Sumatra to LA — this week and always, says anthropologist Barbara J. King. And, she says, it's easy for all of us to pitch in and become animal rescuers.


What Does It Mean To Be Intersex?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Most of us were taught as children that each person is born male or female. As anthropologist Barbara J. King explains, intersex people show us that it's not so simple.


Your Cat Doesn't Really Want To Kill You

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Reports about how your cat "may want to kill you" have been circulating in recent days. Anthropologist and part-time cat wrangler Barbara J. King explains the science behind the claims.


After 27 Years, A Goodbye To College Teaching

Thursday, November 05, 2015

How do we prepare ourselves to leave a job we've loved? Anthropologist Barbara J. King explains why she chose to tell animal stories as her farewell to academic life.


When Should You Introduce A Child To Evolution?

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Anthropologist Barbara J. King explores a new storybook that aims to teach 3- to 7-year-olds about their "grandmother fish" as a way into the concept of evolution.


Are We Becoming Overzealous About Breast-Feeding?

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A new essay argues we've gone too far in pushing breast-feeding on American mothers. Anthropologist Barbara J. King explores the data on breast-feeding's benefits.


Why Do European Zoos Kill Healthy Animals?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

As a young lion is set to be dissected Thursday for the education of schoolchildren at a Danish zoo, anthropologist Barbara J. King explores differences in zoo policies in the U.S. and Europe.


Are We Ex-Apes? A Story Of Human Evolution

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Whether humans are apes depends on culturally embedded ways we frame our work in science, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.


Should A Monkey Own A Copyright?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

This week, a lawsuit was filed for copyright ownership for a wild macaque named Naruto, who took the now-famous "monkey selfie." Anthropologist Barbara J. King explores what the outcome could mean.