Barbara J King

Barbara J King appears in the following:

Fighting To Save The Forest: Interview With A Yanomami Shaman

Thursday, May 01, 2014

On a visit to the United States, Yanomami shaman Davi Kopenawa spoke with anthropologist Barbara J. King about how the knowledge of indigenous peoples may help save our forests.


Rare Observations Appear To Show Marmoset Grief In The Wild

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A monkey falls from a tree in Brazil; her male partner offers comfort as she dies. Anthropologist Barbara King says a new paper detailing the incident opens our eyes to the reality of animal emotions.


How Do We Explain The Evolution Of Religion?

Friday, April 18, 2014

In a new paper, biologists suggest that religion evolved in our prehistoric past through processes by which serving one's family and larger social group become synonymous with serving God.


Why Do 202,586 People Want To Leave Our Planet For Mars?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Dutch organization called Mars One plans to establish a human colony on Mars by 2025. Anthropologist Barbara J. King wonders what it takes to leave your loved ones behind for the Red Planet.


The Joys And Ethics Of Insect Eating

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Revisiting the topic of eating insects, anthropologist Barbara J. King samples some cricket cookies and interviews the founder of Little Herds, a nonprofit dedicated to entomophagy.


Happy 80th Birthday, Jane Goodall

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Our understanding of chimpanzees, and of ourselves, has been changed in spectacular ways by Jane Goodall's work. Next week Goodall will turn 80; let's send her a message of thanks and congratulations.


Digging Into The Roots Of Gender Differences

Friday, March 21, 2014

When girls act differently from boys, both biological and cultural factors may be at work. But which is primary, and can research on chimpanzees shed light on the answer?


The Astronaut Who Went On Strike

Friday, March 14, 2014

In the story of astronaut William Pogue's quest for more contemplative time in space, commentator Barbara J. King finds inspiration for everyday life here on Earth.


When Art Is Queer

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Is there such a thing as gay art? Commentator Barbara J. King visited an exhibit in New York this week called "Queer Threads" and says she learned a lot about human connectivity and community.


Did Humans Evolve On The Savanna? The Debate Heats Up

Thursday, March 06, 2014

"After our primate cousins came down out of the trees, humans evolved on the savanna." You've heard that idea before, but is it true? The debate heats up — way up.


An Update From Barbara

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Many members of the 13.7 community have asked for news of blogger Barbara J. King's health. The news is here and it is good!


Feeling Down? Watching This Will Help

Thursday, February 27, 2014

It can be exasperating, when life throws a little unfairness your way. When that happens to commentator Barbara J. King, she watches this video featuring an experiment with two monkeys. It helps.


Ape Dread, Dog Worry: Animals And Anxiety

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Anxiety seems uniquely human, doesn't it? It's that ability to imagine the worst, the danger lurking in every uncertain outcome. Commentator Barbara King says we are not alone in these feelings.


A Prehistoric Family? Looking For Clues In The Mud

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Ancient footprints discovered in Britain show that five individuals of mixed ages took a stroll together 800,000 years ago. Commentator Barbara J. King asks whether it's scientifically credible to consider these individuals a family.


17 Days In Sochi: The Olympics And Social Justice

Thursday, February 06, 2014

As the Winter Olympics begin in Sochi, Russia, commentator Barbara J. King suggests that we can combine attention to issues of gay rights and animal welfare with full-out enjoyment of the skill and dedication shown by the athletes in competition.


Defining Success Beyond The Dollar Sign

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Earning power, leadership in corporate America and fame are primary measures of American success, according to an op-ed just published by Amy Chua and Jeb Rubenfeld. Contesting this definition, commentator Barbara J. King suggests some other criteria we should consider.


The Return Of The Chicken Police

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The intelligence of chickens is increasingly recognized as formidable. Commentator Barbara J. King takes this lesson to heart after repeatedly watching a 30-second video starring two savvy hens and then talking to a chicken expert about the clip.


The Katydid Dilemma: Will You Eat Insects?

Friday, January 17, 2014

Insect-eating is catching on with some in the United States. But it's everyday behavior in many other cultures. Commentator Barbara J. King wonders how meat eaters and vegetarians in the U.S. react to dishes with grasshoppers and katydids as key ingredients.


Why We Need Compassionate Conservation

Monday, January 13, 2014

A permit to kill an endangered black rhino in Africa sold for $350,000 at auction. Commentator Barbara J. King says we should look for ways other than charity hunts to support wildlife conservation.


The Anthropology Of Walking

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Are you walking enough for good health? Commentator Barbara J. King knows she isn't. But fresh research into the walking patterns of humans is motivating her to get out and walk more in 2014.