InDialogue with Marcia Bjornerud and Mark Serreze: Why long-term thinking on the natural world matters

The dangers of a colonial attitude toward the Earth Marcia Bjornerud Anthropologist Clifford Geertz famously defined culture as the constellation of stories that groups of humans tell themselves about their place and purpose in the world. … [Read More...]

Earth Day 2019: Protecting whales and dolphins through citizen science

Whales and dolphins are icons of the sea that are instantly recognisable, and few animals inspire such excitement and passion. The intelligence of these animals relative to humans means that they speak to something deep within our psyche and connect … [Read More...]

InDialogue with Eelco Rohling and Sean Fleming: Earth’s changing bodies of water

Earth’s bodies of water have gone through considerable changes over time—can these changes tell us anything about climate change—and the future? Earth's History and the Oceans Eelco J. Rohling Earth’s bodies of water have gone through … [Read More...]

Bird Fact Friday: The Blue Jay (As Seen on BirdGenie!)

This week's Bird Fact Friday highlights the Blue Jay, as seen on BirdGenie. Here are some interesting facts about the bird: These are social, intelligent, alarm birds. They're common in the Eastern US and Canada. They prefer forest edges, … [Read More...]

InDialogue with Thomas Seeley and Nick Haddad: Why is insect conservation important?

The PUP Ideas blog is pleased to announce our new InDialogue series. In keeping with our mission to provide a range of perspectives and voices, each month we'll be posing a big question to a pair of authors. With Earth Day fast approaching, we've … [Read More...]

Clifford Bob on Rights as Weapons

Rights are usually viewed as defensive concepts representing mankind’s highest aspirations to protect the vulnerable and uplift the downtrodden. But since the Enlightenment, political combatants have also used rights belligerently, to batter despised … [Read More...]

Jonathan Bate on How the Classics Made Shakespeare

Ben Jonson famously accused Shakespeare of having “small Latin and less Greek.” But he was exaggerating. Shakespeare was steeped in the classics. Shaped by his grammar school education in Roman literature, history, and rhetoric, he moved to London, a … [Read More...]

William L. Silber: Invest Like Buffett…Buy Silver When It’s Cheap, but Don’t Repeat his Mistake

The global economy in 2019 may seem unsettled because of trade wars and friction in the European Union, but it is nothing compared with the Great Recession. Few worry today about the collapse of the world financial system, a serious concern ten years … [Read More...]

On the Future by Martin Rees