Fear of Rattlesnake Island
The indiscriminate slaughter of rattlesnakes intensified with the rapid settling of New England by Europeans schooled in the biblical evils of the serpent, and continues unabated to this day, even though they are an officially endangered species in Massachusetts.
August 18, 2016
The Sad Life of Nim Chimpsky
*Project Nim*, a new documentary by James Marsh, tells the sad story of a scientist’s irresponsible treatment of Nim, the chimp he tamed—or more strictly, whose upbringing in a human family he organized—and it raises important issues about the distinction between humans and animals, about our attitudes toward animals, and about scientific objectivity (or the lack thereof) in behavioral research.
August 18, 2011