Killing Atticus Finch

The literary event of the past summer was undoubtedly the release, on July 14, of Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. As Joe Nocera argued in the New York Times, the ethics behind the decision to publish were at best questionable. Lee, who is an invalid, effectively lost control over her literary estate when […]

Anthropology and the Question of Alien Life

Among the SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Life) community, a debate has recently emerged. For decades, and with the imprimatur of the NSF, SETI has passively listened for signals of intelligent life from space. In the novel and film Contact, Carl Sagan envisions a scenario in which scientists, at the Very Large Array facility in New […]