Monday, February 28, 2011

The supernormal and the pathological

The pediatrician Steve Potter writes that new stem-cell technologies are a step toward designer babies. As medical science increasingly gives us control over our future, we need to ask, Do we have the foresight to manage our own evolution?

Posted by Nathaniel Comfort on 02/28 at 09:14 AM

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Euphenics, Algeny, and Orthobiosis

Forgotten language from Joshua Lederberg sheds light on contemporary genetic medicine.

Posted by Nathaniel Comfort on 02/23 at 04:52 PM

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Explaining Earthquakes ca. 1500

Earthquakes were commonly associated with celestial phenomena, either comets or planetary conjunctions. They were also connected to the outbreak of diseases. A fragment from some university lectures points to how astrology explained both earthquakes and diseases in early modern Europe.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 02/20 at 10:55 PM
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Science Behind Philadelphia’s City Squares

A look at the science behind the historic squares of Philadelphia.

Posted by on 02/16 at 10:08 PM

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Modern Astrologer’s Intellectual Breadcrumbs

Ralph Kraum was a skilled astrologer who had a flourishing practice in the 1960s. When he died, he left in his reference books numerous scraps of paper that reveal his efforts to use astrology to understand the world. This post looks at some of those scraps for what they tell us about the practice of astrology.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 02/14 at 10:55 PM

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