Contemporary Culture

Minerals, Collecting, and Value across the US-Mexico Border

Minerals, Collecting, and Value across the US-Mexico Border

Why might a person have the same feelings towards a piece of malachite that a mother has towards her child? Does it puzzle you that a small semi-precious Mexican mineral specimen could sell for two million dollars? If so, then Elizabeth Ferry's book Minerals, Collecting, and Value Across US-Border Relations can shed some light on these issues for you.Read on »

The Making of Home

The Making of Home

If you are reading this article at home, take a look around you and see if you can tell what makes this place home. Chances are, there are a dozen objects—furniture, decorations, architectural features—that would be conspicuous in their absence, yet you probably take them for granted.Read on »

The Lively Science

The Lively Science

What does it mean to say that we can explain human behaviour scientifically? Is this even possible? In The Lively Science: Remodeling Human Social Research, Michael Agar says yes, but not in the way that you might expect.Read on »

Crossing the sexes with friendship

Crossing the sexes with friendship

Cross-sex friendships can be stressful if society views them with suspicion. But some individuals vastly prefer them to same-sex friendships. How can we stop standing in the way of other people's happiness?Read on »