Weekly Roundup

The New York Times decried the plight of Canada’s muzzled scientists in an editorial claiming that “the government is doing all it can to monitor and restrict the flow of scientific information […] This is more than an attack on academic freedom. It is an attempt to guarantee public ignorance.”

Popular Science is removing the comments section for its online articles. Online editor Suzanne LaBarre explains: “A politically motivated, decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated topics. Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change, is mistakenly up for grabs again. Scientific certainty is just another thing for two people to “debate” on television. And because comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science.”

You do too have free will. Thanks to Slate’s Roy F. Baumeister for clearing that up.

Michelle Murphy traces the economic, neoliberal, and feminist roots of campaigns aiming to support “The Girl.”

The Dallas Zoo is transferring Patrick, a gorilla whose ambivalence and aggression towards females has earned him the labels “anti-social” and “sexist,” to a South Carolina zoo. He’s being replaced with two gorillas from the Calgary Zoo, including Zola the breakdancer.

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