Barbara J King appears in the following:
Friday, June 03, 2016
With two weeks to go until Finding Dory — the sequel to Finding Nemo -- hits theaters, there's good reason to worry about the fate of the Pacific blue tang fish, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Anthropologist Barbara J. King says the Harambe conversation should move away from a discourse of shaming to one looking at hard questions about confining sentient animals to zoos in the first place.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
The best thing we can do for wildlife this summer, says anthropologist Barbara J. King, is to back off while visiting the wild lands where they live.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
It's all well and good to cut down on eating animals, but aren't our bodies designed to require meat in our diets? Anthropologist Barbara J. King takes a look at a new book saying the answer is "no."
Thursday, May 12, 2016
College teachers are often stressed and demoralized, says anthropologist Barbara J. King, and a new book on the corporate university provides startling answers as to why.
Thursday, May 05, 2016
We love our dogs, cats and bunnies, sure. But are we fooling ourselves in thinking that pet-keeping is good for animals? Anthropologist Barbara J. King takes a look at a bioethicist's new book.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
That adorable lemur video going around? Think twice before sharing — or share with an explanation of why it's not-so-cute after all, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Scientists are divided over whether swimming with, and studying the communication of, free-ranging whales through free diving is good science, following good ethics, says Barbara J. King.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
It's time to move beyond models of human behavior centered in genes and natural selection, says anthropologist Barbara J. King, who takes a look at a new paper on the topic.
Thursday, April 07, 2016
Termites and crickets may be delicious, but does eating them help change our food system in positive ways? Anthropologist Barbara J. King takes a look at the new film Bugs.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
When snorkelers in Thailand rescued a porcupinefish earlier this month, their film captured the fish's loyal companion, too. Barbara J. King takes a look at what appears to be a chummy relationship.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Anthropologist Barbara J. King checks out a new project that will offer fetal-position, tree-topped burials in underground pods.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Has the slicing-meat hypothesis overturned the idea that cooking made us human? Anthropologist Barbara J. King says a comparison of the two explanations makes for some exciting science.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Life close to the land is filmed with love in The Seer: A Portrait of Wendell Berry, a documentary about the writer and activist premiering today at SXSW. Anthropologist Barbara J. King takes a look.
Wednesday, March 02, 2016
On Monday, a team of 80 people led by Hjalmar S. Kuhl and Ammie K. Kalan published an open-access paper in Nature's "Scientific Reports" that describes never-before-seen stone-throwing behavior among wild chimpanzees in four West African populations.
The chimpanzees throw the stones at trees or right into ...
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Last Friday, I noticed this posting on Facebook by Lawrence Carter-Long:
"If you 'see the person not the disability' you're only getting half the picture. Broaden your perspective. You might be surprised by everything you've missed. DISABLED. #SayTheWord"
I understood intuitively the thought that many people with ...
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Imagine this: Right next to the lab where blood is drawn and blood pressure is taken stands a fully stocked kitchen — in your doctor's office.
It's not meant for the staff's lunch break, either.
During your checkup, your physician invites you into the kitchen, demonstrates some healthy-cooking tips she ...
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Fans of author Yann Martel's immensely popular Life of Pi, or of the film adapted from the novel 11 years later, will understand my eager anticipation of his new novel, The High Mountains of Portugal, released last week.
Martel's storytelling is fabulous, both literally — he blurs real ...
Thursday, February 04, 2016
Editor's Note: Some may find the graphic descriptions in this post disturbing.
When I walked into my first virtual reality experience last week at Sundance Film Festival, there was no movie theater or screening room to enter. It consisted only of a single, rotating desk chair and a virtual ...
Saturday, January 30, 2016
How much does it matter that filmmakers accurately portray the scientific details — of cosmology or physics for instance, or evolutionary theory or genomics — on the big screen?
My initial response — "It matters a lot, of course!" — has changed after attending a Sundance panel presentation called "The ...