Barbara J King

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That Butterfly Won't Bite You

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.


Obesity And The Toxic-Sugar Wars

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.


College-Bound Kids And The Emotions of Primate Parents

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.


Gigging The Edible Frog: An Inhumane Tradition

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.


Can We Foresee The Dangers Of Messing With Memory?

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.


Is Cancer A Gift?

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 โ€” and rejects โ€” this notion, finding resonance instead in the words of two other women with cancer.


'Blackfish' Takes Aim At SeaWorld

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.


Running The Paleo-Race, Celebrating Meat

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.


An Atheist Monument Rises In Florida

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.


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.