Issue 6: Science & Nature

April 2016

Science is broadly defined as the systematic study of something, while nature is a catchall word describing any non-manmade phenomena. What did we discover at the intersection – or lack thereof – between the two? We agreed that nature is still…mysterious. Our essays begin with Maggie’s thoughts following the cruel and arbitrary loss of her close friend Kelly Cosby to cancer. Alex goes on to question nature’s influence over people by prodding the sometimes thorny, sometimes romantic relationship we have with the great outdoors. Kathryn in turn asks us to blur the artificial line separating us from nature, pointing to how this can help us to preserve it – and ourselves. Anastasia extends this responsibility to the human self, arguing that we can be doing more to care for one another. In the reviews section, we find that science isn’t always systematic. Sandra draws lessons from Daniel Bergner’s book What do Women Want? to reveal how the study of our own biology and desires can be a hotbed of debate. Maggie unravels the tainted history behind barely a minute of jaguar El Jefe’s seemingly idyllic appearance in the wild. All this obscurity reminds us that reflecting is at least as important as analyzing. Our literary section is all poems, in one of them Allison tucks us into the arms of a snowy reverie. Ending the note on humans, Julie explores our more visceral and social nature.

Table of Contents

An Apology to Jimmy Carter: Life After Kelly Cosby — Maggie Clements
The Science Behind Nature — Alex MacLean
Know More, Think Less — Kathryn Aedy
Human Judgment: Science and Nature — Anastasia Buyalskaya

Questioning the Science of Desire: ‘What do Women Want?’ — Sandra Tzvetkova
Return of the Kings: El Jefe and Our Second Chance to Do the Right Thing — Maggie Clements

Heaven’s Purest Gift — Allison Kaye
New World — Julie Hogg
The Psychologists — Julie Hogg