Barbara J King

Barbara J King appears in the following:

Are We Ex-Apes? A Story Of Human Evolution

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Whether humans are apes depends on culturally embedded ways we frame our work in science, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.


Should A Monkey Own A Copyright?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

This week, a lawsuit was filed for copyright ownership for a wild macaque named Naruto, who took the now-famous "monkey selfie." Anthropologist Barbara J. King explores what the outcome could mean.


Carl Safina On Wild Wolves And Bottle-Fed Squirrels

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Ecologist, activist and writer Carl Safina reflects on his observations of love and status-striving among wild wolves and discusses animal minds with anthropologist Barbara J. King.


A Love-Hate Relationship With Drones

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

As a new paper describes the planning skills of a drone-smashing chimpanzee whose video went viral, anthropologist Barbara J. King considers the risks and benefits of drones flying through our world.


What Is The Psychic Toll Of Gun Violence?

Thursday, September 03, 2015

The likelihood that any one of us would be caught up in a mass shooting is low. But anthropologist Barbara J. King asks: Is any one of us left unaffected by gun violence?


Pop Quiz: How Science-Literate Are We, Really?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

As students return to school, anthropologist Barbara J. King suggests it's time for the rest of us to take a pop quiz designed to measure science literacy in the United States.


Nature May Have A Profound Effect On Our Religiosity

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Barbara J. King considers a new study that finds rates of affiliation with religious organizations are lower in places with favorable natural amenities and climates than in other places.


Sharing Grief Across Species Lines

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Anthropologist Barbara J. King explores how she found her own grief eased after the death of her mother by helping a traumatized cat that had lost its human and animal families.


Are Whales And Dolphins Cultural Beings?

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Anthropologist Barbara J. King interviews two whale scientists who say the term "culture" shouldn't be reserved for human groups.


Being A Woman: Who Gets To Decide?

Saturday, August 01, 2015

This week, legal cases of athlete Dutee Chand and transgender teen Gavin Grimm put the spotlight on what it means to be a woman. Anthropologist Barbara J. King asks: Who gets to choose one's gender?


Raising Voices For Cecil The Lion

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Does it really make sense to feel such outrage for one lion that was killed in Africa? Anthropologist Barbara J. King explains why the answer is "yes."


Putting Spiders On Treadmills In Virtual-Reality Worlds

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Matrix for spiders? Anthropologist Barbara J. King explores what scientists can learn about invertebrate perception and neurophysiology from chilling then magnetizing jumping spiders.


Powered By Plants On The Ultramarathon Trail

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Are vegan diets good for athletes? Ultrarunners, says anthropologist Barbara J. King, show us the answer is "yes."


'Skyfaring': The Poetry And Science Of Air Travel

Thursday, July 09, 2015

When you fly, is it all about the cramped cabin? Anthropologist Barbara J. King interviews a pilot whose book reconnects us to the joys of flying through the clouds.


Great White Sharks And The Thrill Of Unseen Nature

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Unusual clusters of great white sharks are occurring just off a California beach where anthropologist Barbara J. King recently spent time, leading her to reflect on how much of nature is unseen by us.


In 'Soul Of An Octopus,' An Invertebrate Steals Our Hearts

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A new book delves deeply, and emotionally, into the intelligence of octopuses. Giving it a rave review, anthropologist Barbara J. King says it may be time to offer captive octopuses their freedom.


Justice Scalia And The Age Of Humanity

Friday, June 19, 2015

Does it matter if Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia thinks humanity is 5,000 years old — as he noted in a commencement address? Anthropologist Barbara J. King thinks so.


For Adults, Coloring Invites Creativity And Brings Comfort

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Coloring for adults is an activity surging in popularity. Commentator Barbara J. King discovers that coloring engages her senses, even easing, a bit, her grief at the loss of a parent.


Declaring The Discovery Of A New Species Can Get Tricky

Friday, June 05, 2015

Last week, a group from Cleveland announced they found a new human ancestor. Anthropologist Barbara J. King looks at the pros and cons of calling a fossil hominid a new biological species.


Viewing Octopus Choreography In Captivity

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Anthropologist Barbara J. King spends a morning with an octopus in an effort to find out how to make life better for sentient, smart creatures on public view.