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Barbara J King

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Can't Sleep? Maybe Thinking About Evolution Will Help

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Anthropologist Barbara J. King says the cross-cultural norm for sleep deviates significantly from the long, uninterrupted night of rest insomniacs may dream about — if they can sleep enough to dream.


Attempting Sex, An Octopus Gets A Surprise

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A brief video clip of a dramatic octopus encounter documents a surprising moment in undersea mating behavior, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.


A Dark Side Of The Focus On Gay Marriage

Thursday, November 06, 2014

As more states embrace gay marriage, might there be hidden costs for gays to such a single-issue emphasis? Anthropologist Barbara J. King takes a provocative look at this question.


Animal Behavior: Two Dogs And An Ice Cream

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Anthropologist Barbara J. King says this short video clip of dogs Daisy and Cooper will brighten your day.


Behind The Scenes: Ethics Of Wolf Wars And Turtle Travels

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Unethical practices are widespread in the making of wildlife films and TV programs, says anthropologist Barbara J. King. She urges viewers to fight back.


Ebola, Outrage And The Killing Of A Dog

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Excalibur, a dog whose owner was diagnosed this week with Ebola, has been euthanized in Spain. Anthropologist Barbara J. King takes a look at the global response, urging compassion for all creatures.


When Dogs, Cats And Rats Come To The Rescue

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Humans haven't cornered the market on heroism. As anthropologist Barbara J. King notes, other animals ranging from dogs and cats to elephant seals and African pouched rats can win our hearts, too.


Can Psychedelics Expand Our Consciousness?

Thursday, October 02, 2014

In his new book, Sam Harris wonders if his daughters will miss something if they don't try mushrooms or LSD as adults. Anthropologist Barbara J. King offers thoughts on this, drugs and enlightenment.


A View Of The Arctic

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Massive sea ice, swimming walruses, a hunting polar bear — this video tour of the high Arctic will refresh your eyes, and your spirit, amid climate policymaking, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.


Looking Beyond Notions Of Erotica In Prehistoric Art

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Small statues made by our ancestors 35,000 years ago are often interpreted as sex objects or even pornography. Anthropologist Barbara J. King offers a different perspective.


Still Now, Should Lab Monkeys Be Deprived Of Their Mothers?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Scientists have known for 50 years that taking baby monkeys from their mothers causes them trauma. Commentator Barbara J. King asks why the practice continues today.


The Koan Of The Cat And The Frog

Thursday, September 04, 2014

September offers fresh starts and, sometimes, extra stresses. Commentator Barbara J. King says this one-minute video clip will bring us all back to a place of calm.


Atheists Feel Awe, Too

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Some people of faith claim that the world is meaningless without belief in God or gods or an afterlife. Commentator Barbara J. King says the view of some atheists is mirrored in two recent novels.


Grappling With Trigger Warnings And Trauma On Campus

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Are trigger warnings a good idea when teachers ask students to consider material about emotionally wrenching topics? Anthropologist Barbara J. King says yes — in some cases.


As Ukraine Presses Military Offensive, The Facts Are Fuzzy

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ukraine's army has been gaining ground against pro-Russian separatists. But details are difficult to pin down. They are now trading accusations over an alleged attack against a civilian convoy.


Immersion In Nature, Naturally, Can Be Risky

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Restorative for the spirit, hiking in the wild involves risks. Though commentator Barbara J. King's husband ran into trouble on the trail recently, she says increased public access is not the answer.


Why Are We So Scared Of Ebola?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Commentator Barbara J. King digs into whether there's merit to fears of contracting the virus in the U.S. — and into humans' natural tendency, under certain circumstances, to panic.


Seeking A Saner Food System, Three Times A Day

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Commentator Barbara J. King says the book Farmageddon offers useful advice on how to take a stand against industrialized animal farming in the fight to forge a better future for our planet.


Who Is Most To Blame For Climate Change?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Climate change is a global problem. Some island nations face the prospect of disappearing beneath rising seas. Barbara J. King is surprised by how the people of the Marshall Islands see their plight.


Ocean Waves As You Have Never Seen Them Before

Thursday, July 17, 2014

It's summer, and inviting waves are breaking on the beach. Through the photographic artistry of Clark Little, Barbara J. King invites you to see shorebreak waves in gorgeous new ways.