SCIENCE COLUMN | Levine: What does it take to feel someone else’s pain?

Last month, Jewish writer and Nobel Laureate Eli Wiesel was quoted in The New York Times as wishing a particular punishment on Bernie Madoff, the mastermind behind the Ponzi scheme that essentially destroyed Wiesel’s charity. “I would like him to be in a solitary cell with only a screen, and on that screen for at […]


SCIENCE COLUMN | Levine: ‘It’s gross’: Dissecting the disgust reaction

Recently, I’ve been taking note of the instances in which people use “It’s just gross!” as an argument or explanation. Everyone has a disgust response to some things. When we see, smell or even imagine something gross, we have a physical reaction. Most notably, we make a characteristic face that involves crinkling up our noses […]


Levine: Goodbye, or not, to autism patients

This article has been corrected. You may view this article’s correction here. Last semester, I interned at Chapel Haven, a residence for individuals with autism transitioning from living with their parents to living on their own. The internship was part of a class — “Autism and Related Disorders” — so, at the end of the […]


Up the Hill – Good Vibrations

After six years of oboe lessons, I still sounded like a drowning duck. My high school band director insisted that if I only practiced more diligently, I’d eventually be like my stand partner, an all-state oboist who did not sound in the least like suffocating water fowl. In some ways, the differences between our abilities […]

Short Feature

Levine: Love is more than just science

As a scientist, I am, at times, guilty of aggressive empiricism — the notion that truths can only be learned (inasmuch as there are truths to be learned) through observation of the world. Anyone who claims to be finding truth any other way is wrong, wrong, wrong. Sometimes, aggressive empiricism isn’t a problem. No one […]