Book cover of Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear by Eva Holland
Biological Sciences

Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear 

Since childhood, Eva Holland has been gripped by two debilitating phobias: fear of losing her mother and fear of heights. The worst comes to pass with her mother’s sudden death in 2015, and something shifts for Eva. Then, when an ice-climbing expedition ends with Eva embarrassed and in tears, a new resolve kicks in: Fear may define her past, but it won’t decide her future! […Learn More]

Book cover of Monarchs of the Sea: The Extraordinary 500-Million-Year History of Cephalopods by Danna Staaf
Biological Sciences

Monarchs of the Sea: The Extraordinary 500-Million-Year History of Cephalopods

Before mammals, there were dinosaurs. And before dinosaurs, there were cephalopods.

Publisher’s Note: Monarchs of the Sea was previously published in hardcover as Squid Empire.

Cephalopods, Earth’s first truly substantial animals, are still among us: Their fascinating family tree features squid, octopuses, nautiluses, and more. The inventors of swimming, cephs presided over the sea for millions of years. […Learn More]

Philosophy

The Good Ancestor: A Radical Prescription for Long – Term Thinking

The most important question we must ask ourselves is, “Are we being good ancestors?”

So said Jonas Salk, who developed the polio vaccine in 1953 but refused to patent it—forgoing profit so that more lives could be saved.

Salk’s radical generosity to future generations should inspire us. But when leading philosopher Roman Krznaric examines society today, he sees just the opposite: Our short term, exploitative mindsets have “colonized the future.” […Learn More]

Biological Sciences

Supernavigators: Exploring the Wonders of How Animals Find Their Way

Animals plainly know where they’re going, but how they know has remained a stubborn mystery—until now. Supernavigators is a globe-trotting voyage of discovery alongside astounding animals of every stripe: dung beetles that steer by the Milky Way, box jellyfish that can see above the water (with a few of their twenty-four eyes), sea turtles that sense Earth’s magnetic field, and many more. David Barrie consults animal behaviorists and Nobel Prize–winning scientists to catch us up on the cutting edge of animal intelligence—revealing these wonders in a whole new light. […Learn More]

Anthropology

How to Argue with a Racist: What Our Genes Do (and Don’t) Say about Human Difference

Race is not a biological reality.
Racism thrives on our not knowing this.

Racist pseudoscience has become so commonplace that it can be hard to spot. But its toxic effects on society are plain to see–feeding nationalism, fueling hatred, endangering lives, and corroding our discourse on everything from sports to intelligence. Even well-intentioned people repeat stereotypes based on “science,” because cutting-edge genetics are hard to grasp–and all too easy to distort […Learn More]