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Empathy, Examined

Empathy, Examined

BACK IN 2006, my mother didn’t want to leave Florida or the home she’d shared with my father. But a chronic form of leukemia, so indolent her local oncologist reassured her, Don’t worry, you’l...

A Repository of Ideas

A Repository of Ideas

LOOK FIRST UPON this, a printed image of the Lasius niger, or Black Garden Ant, which adorns a page of the Robert Hooke’s world-changing Micrographia; or some physiological Descriptions of Minute Bo...

It Takes an Ecovillage

It Takes an Ecovillage

THE CLIMATE IS CHANGING, and we are not. Or, at least, we are not adapting at a rate commensurate with our ecological reality. It seems we all know this, either because our Facebook news feeds incessa...

Online and Offline in Cuba

Online and Offline in Cuba

“CUBA has two kinds of people,” writes Emily Parker. “There are the independent bloggers and other liberated individuals, who glide confidently through the streets, willing to tell pretty much a...

Like It or Not, They Too Are Fellow Netizens

Like It or Not, They Too Are Fellow Netizens

EMILY PARKER introduces readers to an intriguing gallery of social media activists in China, Cuba, and Russia, three authoritarian countries marked by their passage through decades of uncompromising s...

Oh What Voices

Oh What Voices

FOR A DECADE NOW, Emily Parker has been following China’s wangmin — the Chinese translation of “netizens,” short for internet citizens — and how they have been utilizing email, blogging plat...

The Age of Melting Glaciers

The Age of Melting Glaciers

  “BIG HISTORY” has become fashionable in recent years, what with all the talk about climate change and the Anthropocene and the like. It’s rising currency can also be seen as an effort to fix...

Perfectly Natural: Science and Sustainability

Perfectly Natural: Science and Sustainability

UNLESS YOU ATTEND a lot of yoga classes or are a Buddhist monk, you probably don’t pay much attention to your breath. We breathe close to 20,000 times per day; if you thought about all the air going...

Global Warming and Other Hyperobjects

Global Warming and Other Hyperobjects

YOU KNOW THE SCENARIO. It begins with someone asserting that global warming really exists. “Oh, yeah?” asks his skeptical friend. “Show me this thing called global warming; where is it exactly?...