How Other Animals Choose Their Leaders

You think our elections are tough? Tell it to the wolves.

It is hard to escape the sensation that our electoral process is broken. Too much money. Too much bullshit. Perhaps we should turn to nature for insight, remedy, or just salve. The Book of Proverbs implored believers to go to the ant and consider her […]

November 2nd, 2012|Slate|

What Are You So Scared of? Saber-Toothed Cats, Snakes, and Carnivorous Kangaroos

The evolutionary legacy of having been prey.

In the developed world, we live in the most peaceful, healthful time in history. The murder and violent crime rate is dropping; we are vaccinated against the most deadly diseases of previous generations; our houses protect us from most storms; relatively few people go hungry. The average lifespan is […]

October 15th, 2012|Slate|

Why We Need Ecological Medicine

We know which species make us sick, but we must learn which species make us healthy.

It was a revelation. Germs cause disease. When Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch discovered and developed what would later be called the germ theory in the 1860s, this was a radical, then revolutionary idea—one so good it seems obvious in […]

August 15th, 2012|Slate|