Nathan H. Lents is Professor of Biology at John Jay College, The City University of New York

Author of:

Not So Different: Finding Human Nature in Animals (2016, Columbia University Press)

Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes

Blogger at: The Human Evolution Blog, Psychology Today

Host of: This World of Humans podcast



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  1. I just finished reading On the Move A Life by Oliver Sacks and left mesmerized and sad, in some way, realizing the fact that Oliver is no longer..it was my first read book of Dr Sacks. I kept googling to read more about him since then and came to read your eulogy for Dr Sacks..and touched by it. It almost felt like I was reading my own feelings for Dr Sacks.. Thanks for the eulogy.


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  3. Ordered ‘Human Errors’ on reading your eSkeptic column last week. Enthralling, but I do wonder if the arithmetical errors on p98 have been picked up yet? For example, 3000 times the length of a human is nearer 6km than 30km.


  4. from San Diego presentation:
    anything to learn from astronauts’ & cosmonauts’ health issues: bones for example? adaptation to EMF radiation here on Earth?; how significant was the recent finding about the lymph dump from our brains while we sleep?; Advanced Glycation Endproducts discussed in Peter Bales, MD’s book Osteoarthritis, the issue of changing eating habits (Standard American Diet); good book: Dr. Tom Farley, MD: Saving Gotham (sugar, smoking, transfats)


  5. Can’t find your email so trying to communicate this way –
    Human errors, hardcover, p. 143 – “…if it doesn’t, the foreigner is seen as a big deal” – surely you meant “NO big deal”


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  7. Hi, I just read your article on genealogy. The title was (I think), meaningful and meaningless of looking up you ancestors. Anyway, it’s odd you would mention Barack Obama and Dick Chaney! I am related to them. How I do know this is true is, my Aunt Delores (Dunham) John, my dad’s sister, wrote out our family’s history going back a few generations on both sides of their families. The Dunham name coming over from England, actually was Singletary and then went to Dunham. I took her findings and Barack’s mom’s name, looked at both history and it does link up!


  8. Avidly reading “Human Errors” when author Nathan Lents suddenly expressed his disdain for astrology. Had thought of Lents as quite intelligent until he implied that anyone who consulted with an astrologer for a natal reading was a “sucker.” It is amazing how little individuals know about a subject before they can cast their opinion. I’m certain Lents has not read a single book about it. If he had, he would find some critical commentaries about “fortune tellers” written by well-educated authors. Sadly, Lents lacks the open-mindedness of a true scientist.


  9. i have an interesting argument about the existence of god: what if we will see a self replicating robot ( lets say even with dna) on a far planet? do we need to conclude design or a natural process in this case? remember that according to evolution if its made from organic components and have a self replicating system we need to conclude a natural process because it has living traits. but we know that even a self replicating robot is evidence for design.


  10. I just listened the Human Error and am in awe. Thank you,thank you, thank you. I always did think intelligence was overvalued. Despite your brilliance! Love to you!


  11. I’ve been reading “Human Errors” and am totally fascinated and enjoying it. On page 97, it is mentioned that Bluefin tuna females do not reach sexual maturity until 20 years of age. I had a “holy crap!” moment and immediately looked it up. I’m not finding anything corroborating this. In fact, fisheries.noaa.gov notes that the Bluefin tuna spawns at eight and lived up to 20 years. I’d appreciate it if you could confirm your citation. If confirmed, I’d be interested in the source material. With much thanks and appreciation.


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