This is a rough list of things I like to think about when I’m not working on bones. By posting articles here, I’m not saying I entirely agree with them – only that they are well-written approaches to the subject matter that raise interesting points. I was pleased to learn that Walter Benjamin’s “Arcades” is similarly organized, with a logic that is clearly only apparent to the author but (kind of) makes sense as an agglomerate.
What we do with our bodies (living and dead) (but mostly dead)
Imgur – Bodies left on Everest
The Toast – Considering a Possible Human Head
Buzzfeed – eBay just nixed its human skull market
The Age – The Big Sleep
Minnesota Post – There Will Be Blood
The Guardian – Where in the world is it illegal to die?
Nautilus – The Curious Case of the Bog Bodies
The Atlantic – The Doctors Whose Patients Are Already Dead
New Republic – Who Owns the Dead?
Lapham’s Quarterly – A Brief History of Medical Cannibalism
Evolution of cognition; experiences of truth and reality; dreams
The Atlantic – Inside the artificial universe that creates itself
Business Insider – 20 Cognitive Biases
New Statesman – This won’t hurt a bit: the cultural history of pain
The Atlantic – Did Neanderthals Have Souls?
Jumping to conclusions in paleoanthropology; imagining ancient times; modern human-neanderthal sex
John Hawks – Why I’m skeptical about Lucy in the skyfall
NYT – Who Apes Whom?
Scientific American – Artistic Depictions of Dinosaurs Have Undergone Two Revolutions
Utah News – The Pyrophilic Primate
Scientific American – I am Innately Aggressive, Not Innately Warlike
Huffington Post – The Dangers of Kennewick Man’s DNA
Uncontacted tribes and modern societal absconders
New Yorker – An Isolated Tribe Emerges from the Rainforest
Sapiens – The Myth of the Virgin Rainforest
Uncommon modern diseases and treatment paradigms
Buzzfeed – Is empty nose syndrome real?
Slate – Refugees of the Modern World
The Guardian – Green Bank: the town that banned Wi-Fi
Vice – The Cure Culture
Campus debates about trigger warnings; professorial responsibilities
Pacific Standard – Do we need trigger warnings for depictions of drug use?
The Atlantic – How Trigger Warnings Silence Religious Students
The Atlantic – The Coddling of the American Mind
The Atlantic – Concept Creep: How Americans Became So Sensitive to Harm
The concepts of genius and personality
Longreads – Who gets to be a genius?
Pacific Standard – We are all confident idiots
Morality, effective altruism, and the trolley-car problem
Boston Review – The Logic of Effective Altruism
The Atlantic – The Greatest Good
Aeon – Homes for the Homeless
Radiolab – Playing God
Utilitarian – Shopping at the Genetic Supermarket
MIT News – Driverless cars: Who gets protected?
Human female anatomy and childbirth (Why are all of these titles phrased as questions?)
American Scientist – Why is Human Childbirth so Painful?
Scientific American – Do animals know where babies come from?
Slate – Is a Surrogate a Mother?
Transforming drug policy; psychedelics in modern culture
New Yorker – The Trip Treatment
Washington Post – Carly Fiorina accidentally said something really smart about weed
Nautilus – A Vaccine for Depression?
New Yorker – The Drug of Choice for the Age of Kale
New Yorker – Altered States (by Oliver Sacks, one of my favorite humans)
All history as alt-history
New Yorker – The Underground Railroad’s Troubling Allure
The Verge – How natural are nature documentaries?
Imperialism and poverty tourism
But is it art?
Sapiens – Graffiti Bombing in U.S. National Parks
Running, yoga, and the science of sports (that I practice)
Washington Post – Why kids should go barefoot more (and probably adults, too)
Harvard Mag – Run Barefoot, says Dan Lieberman
The Atlantic – Why One Neuroscientist Started Blasting His Core
Other really good articles
Idle Words – Shuffleboard at McMurdo
New Yorker – Recall of the Wild
New Yorker – Polar Express
Harper’s – The Radioactive Boy Scout
The Awl – The Shoes Under the Art World
Nautilus – Postcards from the Edge of Consciousness
The Baffler – Despair Fatigue
The Atlantic – The Oliver Sacks Reading List
Just some fun videos
Vimeo – The colors of feelings