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These stories - mostly for New Scientist and The Age - were written against the backdrop of perhaps the most exciting scientific era of all time. However it is also an era where the things which contextualise science are in eclipse. Things like ethics, philosophy, education, a diverse media, and freedom of thought - to say nothing of coherent communities.


In Australia, the cloning of some wretched animal, or a new cancer drug, will garner a lengthy report on ABC or SBS TV news. Areas where meaningful scientific change is taking place seem to be outside the news paradigm. Partly this is because journalists don’t understand what is important in science and what is not. There is a tendency to abdicate judgement to the ‘medical experts’, and to echo their often myopic perspective.


These stories cover many emerging schools of thought, and entire new sciences - such as evolutionary psychology, pycho-neuro-immunology, Darwinian Medicine, the paleolithic diet, low carb, sexual signalling, the hormonal basis of lust, romance and bonding, and the neurology of religious experience. At the time the ideas were novel, and in some cases unknown. Ten or fifteen years on, many have become mainstream. Hopefully the stories preserve the flavour of the brilliant new idea, which went on to become big.

 

Art de Vany & evolutionary fitness (New Scientist) : 7 June 2013

The changed face of medical training : 10 April 2013

Candace Pert - neuroscientist, feminist, new ager : 18 January 2004

Orthomolecular psychiatry - curing schizophrenia? : 25 May 2003

Bacteriophages (longish, more technical New Scientist article) : 5 April 2003

The psychology of revenge : 2 April 2003

Bacteriophages - a replacement for antibiotics : 11 February 2003

Ayurveda : 3 February 2003

Safety of herbal medicine : 29 November 2002

Resurgence of the natural healing arts : 26 November 2002

Causes of dietary fanaticism : 31 October 2002

Courtship and sexual signalling : 6 October 2002

Chemeq - a replacement for antibiotics : 15 September 2002

Psi, the paranormal and science : 30 August 2002

Scary quality of our indoor air : 20 August 2002

Evolutionary psychology : 23 July 2002

Darwinian Medicine, and its founders Nesse and Williams : 17 July 2002

The brain and sex, love and bonding : 8 July 2002

Dangers of Modavigil : 25 June 2002

Astrology : 12 June 2002

Hunter-gatherers and Lewis Binford : 25 May 2002

Does Prozac promote murder and suicide? : 24 May 2002

Richard Dawkins : 22 May 2002

The Blood Type Diet and Peter D'Adamo : 18 March 2002

Neuro-theology - God, Zen and the brain : 7 February 2002

Boxing, dementia and Parkinson's : 25 January 2002

Psycho-neuro-immunology : 8 January 2002

Alternative medicine becomes the mainstream : 8 January 2002

Australian Aboriginals who revert to the paleolithic lifestyle : 8 January 2002

Integrity of vitamin & mineral supplements : 8 January 2002

Pain across the cultures : 7 December 2001

Sources of the religious impulse in the brain : 29 October 2001

High-carb under challenge : 20 August 2001

Modern Medicine: why alternative medicine is winning : 13 August 2001

Medicine is mortally ill : 7 August 2001

Disease prevention : 7 March 2001

Ecstasy & our 'polydrug' culture : 18 September 2000

Cannabis : 28 July 2000

Evolutionary Diet and Fitness (Interviews with De Vany & Cordain) : 28 June 2000

Alternative therapies - a long way to go : 10 June 2000

De Vany in a nutshell (New Scientist) : 28 May 2000

Alcohol and what it does : 20 May 2000

Dead health gurus : 10 April 2000

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