Barbara J King appears in the following:
Thursday, September 05, 2013
A new study that relies on brain-imaging of cerebral blood flows suggests that human speech and complex tool-making skills emerged together almost two million years ago. Commentator Barbara J. King digs through the evidence and offers her own take on this age-old question.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
When children have so little experience of nature that they fear butterflies, how should we respond? That's the question anthropologist Barbara J. King asks after reading about a new garden at the Dallas Arboretum focused on educating kids.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Forceful voices, like that of pediatric endocrinologist Robert Lustig, insist that eating sugar is highly toxic. More moderate voices from science aren't so sure that's the case. Barbara J. King offers her own view of the ongoing controversy about diet, health and obesity.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
The first time a child moves away from home can be tough on parents. Commentator Barbara J. King asks whether our closest animal relatives, monkeys and apes, also feel powerful emotions when their offspring leave the nest.
Thursday, August 08, 2013
Continuing her occasional exploration into matters of animals and human society, Barbara J. King takes a look at last week's NPR story on frog-gigging. She stands against cruelty to animals, even in the context of an accepted cultural tradition.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
If you had a traumatic memory lodged in your brain, would you zap it away if you could? In the wake of last week's news that false memories were implanted in laboratory mice, commentator Barbara J. King considers the potential effects of intervening with memory formation in our own brains.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
It's a popular idea, that there's a gift embedded in a diagnosis of cancer. Commentator and cancer patient Barbara J. King considers — and rejects — this notion, finding resonance instead in the words of two other women with cancer.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Ahead of the opening of the movie Blackfish, commentator Barbara J. King considers the dispute between SeaWorld and the filmmakers and talks with the author of the book Death at SeaWorld for his perspective.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
A 5K event scheduled for next month in Michigan invites competitors to experience our "scary, dirty, bloody past" of 40,000 years ago as predators chase prey, and eat lots of meat.
Monday, July 01, 2013
A celebration of atheism in Florida draws the critical eye of commentator Barbara J. King. She says that one of the quotes carved on a new monument is both unfortunate and divisive.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
New research reveals that about 1/3 of children with food allergies are bullied specifically because of those allergies. Commentator Barbara J. King checks in with a pediatric allergist on this topic, as well as a mother and daughter who, together, have coped with food bullying.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Dolphin intelligence makes these creatures a source of endless fascination for humans. But Barbara King argues that it is their emotional complexity that most tightly binds them to us. This emotional tie demands that we treat dolphins with respect and dignity.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Recent anthropological research raises questions about whether our sedentary lifestyle contributes significantly to the obesity epidemic. Commentator Barbara J. King looks at the data and has thoughts on what it means for the Paleo diet.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Higher education is not immune to prejudice, a statement seemingly confirmed by a university professor's tweet denigrating the academic skills of obese people. The result has been a powerful online debate. Yet the question still remains, what should be done about unwarranted bias against obese people?
Thursday, June 06, 2013
An update, and thanks, from commentator Barbara J. King following her earlier post about her new cancer diagnosis.
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Does the breathless excitement seen in media coverage of Amanda Knox amount to sexism? Commentator Barbara J. King argues 'yes' and says its part of an age-old pattern in human culture.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Like many parents around the world, some moms and dads in Brooklyn are choosing to raise their children without using any diapers. How does this work and does it make any sense? Commentator Barbara J. King checks in with anthropologist Meredith Small, who embraces the idea with enthusiasm.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
A performance of Mozart's Requiem has commentator Barbara J. King thinking about the ways humans grieve. Of all species on Earth, we alone mourn across time and space for people we have never met.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Henry David Thoreau's careful recording of flowering dates of plants in Concord, Massachusetts in the mid-1800s invites comparison with today's data. The results deserve our notice.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
A study out last week analyzes charred food remains in Japanese pottery dated to 15,000 years ago. Results show that hunter-gatherers in Japan cooked fish in the pots, a finding commentator Barbara J. King says adds new depth to our comprehension of the complexity in human prehistory, even before farming.