In the 1740s, Bordeaux developed some of the first modern theories of racial difference, even as the city profited from the slave trade.
“I don’t believe there was any conspiracy inside government to kill people off,” a health official explains. “From what I saw there was no plan.”
Many view Edgar Allen Poe as a uniquely gloomy, mad writer. But what if Poe was normal, simply representative of a gloomy, mad era?
Digital tech cannot stop climate change merely by “greening” individual consumption.
“We teach science as separate from the rest of the world. I want people who live in the world to see how they’re actually doing science.”
Losing faith in Orthodox Judaism is an old story. But today it’s often the “heretics” who rely on faith, and the “faithful” who draw on science.
Tech promises to cure any ailment, whether an unwelcome feeling or a global pandemic. But what if tech itself is ill? And what is a cure, anyway?
“There are two ways of reading Black invisibility and one of them is futuristic.”
Can thinking like a plant save the world?
“How might scientific storytelling, or stories of science, shape the struggle for liberation?”
The Death of Nature wrote a new narrative of science that explored the costs of modernity for nature and humankind.
Critiquing the Enlightenment is essential, because there the asylum, prison, and science itself unveil their violent foundations.
“I'll say something controversial. Bioethics tends to not interrogate the details of science, let alone the more technical questions.”
It is no exaggeration to say that Evelyn Fox Keller and her compatriots made possible not only my work but entire generations of scholarship on science.
Yaa Gyasi’s new novel meditates on the problems we try to solve with science, with faith, and with love.
Rather than studying birds—and birders—in isolation, the time has come to see both as linked to the crises of racism and climate change.
“There were so many new laws, I had to make a map showing the spread and intensity of antimargarine laws in states over a quarter century.”
Both left and right employ “speculative nonfiction” to imagine the world after climate change. But who will win the battle of the futurists?
“These are not the stories that medicine necessarily wants us to tell, but that means it’s even doubly important that we try our best to track down these narratives.”
Neoliberalism offers individuals an illusion of control over their lives. But what happens when uncertainty intrudes?