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     Charles Darwin, in his oft-quoted section in “Origin of Species,” employs the metaphor of the Great Tree of Life:      As we here and there see a thin straggling branch springing from a fork low down in a tree, and which by some chance has been favoured and is still alive…

     My father grew up on Chicago’s North Side, in Albany Park, a working-class neighborhood west of the lakefront. When people picture Chicago, they see that stegosaurus skyline spiking along Lake Michigan and bulging out at the Loop. But most of Chicago is, and has been for more than a century,…

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                                                              “ghosts” you want to know whether i believe in ghosts of course i do not believe in them if…

Africa, where evolutionary biologists say humanity began. It’s early 1987, in a wadi in guerilla-held western Eritrea, a region of dry riverbeds and jutting red and black mountains. I am on a academic fellowship, studying ethnic divisions among the Eritrean groups fighting against the Soviet-backed Ethiopian regime. I’m supposed to…