December 6, 2013 Last week commentator Alva Noë drew readers' ire by suggesting that there is a conflict between science and both religion and common sense. He takes another stab at the matter here.
December 6, 2013 Detroit was found eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, which could allow the city to avoid billions of dollars in pension and other retiree benefits. Rick McKee blames the city for ignoring the gravity of its situation, while Signe Wilkinson fears that the decision is a bad sign for all retired government employees.
December 5, 2013 New research shows that chimpanzees not only enjoy interacting with a humanoid robot, but also work actively to keep the connection going. Commentator Barbara J. King ties this finding to our past and our future.
December 5, 2013 President Obama says the federal health exchange website is now "working well for the vast majority of users," but Republicans say it has security problems. Steve Kelley questions whether the site is too easy for some to use, while Lee Judge refuses to go with the flow of Obamacare critics.
December 4, 2013 Smartphones and the Internet have made it easier than ever for people to share photos of their friends, family, pets and children. But sharing personal photos raises technological and ethical questions. Fresh Air tech contributor Alexis Madrigal recently became a father and has some tips for navigating the world of online photo sharing.
December 4, 2013 Is the brain a sort of quantum computer? What is consciousness? Marcelo Gleiser's brain is buzzing with big questions after participating in a conference that asked if quantum physics plays a role in how we think.