Barbara J King

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Bullied With Food: Another Risk For Kids With Food Allergies

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.

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For The Love Of Dolphins

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.


What Hunter-Gatherers May Tell Us About Modern Obesity

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.


The Fat-Shaming Professor: A Twitter-Fueled Firestorm

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?


An Update From Barbara

Thursday, June 06, 2013

An update, and thanks, from commentator Barbara J. King following her earlier post about her new cancer diagnosis.


Cultural Sexism: What If Amanda Knox Had Been Andrew Knox?

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.


Diaperless Babies: 'Lunatic' Or 'Positive' Parenting?

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.


When Humans Mourn: The Mozart Requiem And A Matter Of Scale

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.


Henry David Thoreau Comes To The Aid Of Climate Science

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.


What 15,000 Years Of Cooking Fish Tells Us About Humanity

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.


When Animals Mourn: Seeing That Grief Is Not Uniquely Human

Thursday, April 11, 2013

When animals die, their close relatives and friends may be plunged into mourning. Commentator Barbara J. King writes about animal grief in her new book, citing examples seen in animals large and small. She finds solace in the knowledge that humans are not the only animals who feel loss.


Dear Netflix, We Can't Hear You! Signed, 50 Million Americans

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Recent scientific research links hearing impairment with dementia. Commentator Barbara J. King says widespread availability of closed-captioned films could help.


Want To Help Animals? No Vegan Extremism Required

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Vegans' refrigerators are empty of meat, dairy and eggs. But what if there are animal products in their medicine cabinets? Commentator Barbara J. King considers how far vegans have to go to really make a difference for animals.


Frans de Waal's Bottom-Up Morality: We're Not Good Because Of God

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Morality emerges from our evolved nature: so claims primatologist Frans de Waal, who takes aim in his new book at the view that morality comes from God. Commentator Barbara J. King finds de Waal's argument persuasive.


Flexible Gender Identities Confound Expectations Of A Male And Female World

Thursday, March 14, 2013

In Virginia last month, a transgendered person was made to leave a sex-segregated public bath because of customer complaints. Commentator Barbara J. King sees this discriminatory act as another example of the "born male-born female" dichotomy ingrained in our culture.


Discuss: Is 'Humane Meat' An Oxymoron?

Thursday, March 07, 2013

PETA's President, Ingrid Newkirk, has declared that "humane meat" does not exist. How should we think about this provocative statement? Commentator Barbara J. King invites her readers to give it serious thought.

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The Napoleon Chagnon Wars Flare Up Again In Anthropology

Thursday, February 28, 2013

For decades anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon has incited uproar with his claims of genetically-rooted violence among Venezuela's Ya̧nomamö Indians. Now anthropologist Marshall Sahlins has resigned from the National Academy of Sciences, citing, among other things, Chagnon's election to the body. Why all the drama?


New York City's Story, From Prehistory To Now, Told In 50 Objects

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Historians and museum curators have chosen 50 objects that tell the long history of New York City; to an anthropologist's eye, they've done a superb job of emphasizing the importance of material culture in human life.


Do Vegetarians And Vegans Think They Are Better Than Everyone Else?

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Vegetarians and vegans don't eat meat. They do often have ethical concerns over how animals are treated by meat eaters. So do they think they're better than everyone else? Commentator Barbara J. King puts this question to two prominent non-meat-eaters.

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IOC Takes Questionable Stand On Gender And Hormones At The Olympics

Thursday, July 05, 2012

What to do with women athletes who make the Olympics team but have high levels of circulating androgens? The International Olympics Committee issues a ruling that commentator Barbara J. King says is based on thinking that's outdated and harmful.