Welcome to Method Quarterly
We put up boundaries within science — separating people, disciplines, and careers. We also put up boundaries between science and everything else. How do we create and enforce these boundaries? What separates science from art? From pseudoscience? From technology? How do we cross boundaries? How do we break them down?
I Don’t Have ESP
The Ganzfeld experiment measures psychic ability, but it also can tell us about how science works.
The Biological Facts Committee
The American Museum of Natural History’s tumultuous struggle to define biology in the early 20th century.
Conversations with Evelyn Fox Keller
Crossing disciplinary boundaries, from physics to biology to philosophy of science.
Porcine diarrhea, gene drives, and the news of a growing health crisis.
He Told Animal Stories
Konrad Lorenz and analogy as a scientific method. An excerpt from Bird Lovers, Backyard.
Light and Madness
How do boundaries shape the way we see and think?
The Cat Went Over Radioactive Mountain
Inside Yucca Mountain, incomprehensibly long time scales clash with human ones—pairing the monumental and the mundane.
The Dirty History of Doctors’ Hands
What the history of handwashing in hospitals tells us about ego and the kneejerk reflex to reject evidence.
The Coyote Among the Seals
Coyotes are experts at crossing boundaries in the Southern California ecotone.
Protocol: DNA Extraction
Finding the Medusa in E. coli.
Relics of Imagined Futures
“We are as gods and might as well get good at it.” – Stewart Brand, Whole Earth Catalog