David Merritt Johns

David Merritt Johns is a doctoral student with the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Brow Beat
Dec. 27 2013 1:06 PMThe Original Mayonnaise Controversy: Is It French or Spanish?
April 17 2012 8:10 PMBig BirdAre New York’s pigeons getting fatter? An investigation into animal obesity.
Medical Examiner
Oct. 6 2011 7:16 AMThe Brown PerilHow contagious are bedbugs, really?
Sports Nut
March 7 2011 6:53 PMThe Great Carmelo DebateWhy can't basketball stats nerds separate the superstars from the ball hogs?
April 8 2010 10:18 AMDoubts About the Social Plague Stir in the Human Superorganism
Oct. 14 2009 10:36 AMFacial ProfilingCan you tell if a man is dangerous by the shape of his mug?
Nov. 25 2008 7:06 AMHonk if You Know Why You're HonkingThe car horn is beeping useless.
Dec. 27 2013 11:34 AMMayo-phobiaWhy do some people hate mayonnaise so much?
Jan. 10 2012 6:59 AMFree WillyShould prison inmates have the right to masturbate?
July 5 2011 6:53 AMDisconnected?We've heard that obesity and divorce can be passed from one person to another. Critics now wonder how the "social contagion" studies ever passed peer review.
Dec. 7 2010 6:57 AMJust Hold MeDo real men like to cuddle?
April 7 2010 3:43 PMHas a Plague of Social Illness Struck Mankind?
March 25 2009 4:38 PMMy Own Private B.O.Forensic chemists examined my odorprint. Here's what they smelled.



Don’t Worry, Obama Isn’t Sending U.S. Troops to Fight ISIS

But the next president might. 

The Extraordinary Amicus Brief That Attempts to Explain the Wu-Tang Clan to the Supreme Court Justices

Amazon Is Officially a Gadget Company. Here Are Its Six New Devices.

The Human Need to Find Connections in Everything

It’s the source of creativity and delusions. It can harm us more than it helps us.

How Much Should You Loathe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell?

Here are the facts.

Altered State

The Plight of the Pre-Legalization Marijuana Offender

What should happen to weed users and dealers busted before the stuff was legal?

Surprise! The Women Hired to Fix the NFL Think the NFL Is Just Great.

You Shouldn’t Spank Anyone but Your Consensual Sex Partner

Sept. 17 2014 5:10 PM The Most Awkward Scenario in Which a Man Can Hold a Door for a Woman
  News & Politics
Altered State
Sept. 17 2014 11:51 PM The Plight of the Pre-Legalization Marijuana Offender What should happen to weed users and dealers busted before the stuff was legal?
Business Insider
Sept. 17 2014 1:36 PM Nate Silver Versus Princeton Professor: Who Has the Right Models?
Dear Prudence
Sept. 18 2014 6:00 AM All Shook Up My 11-year-old has been exploring herself with my “back massager.” Should I stop her?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 17 2014 6:14 PM Today in Gender Gaps: Biking
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 17 2014 9:37 AM Is Slate Too Liberal?  A members-only open thread.
Brow Beat
Sept. 17 2014 8:25 PM A New Song and Music Video From Angel Olsen, Indie’s Next Big Thing
Future Tense
Sept. 17 2014 9:00 PM Amazon Is Now a Gadget Company
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 17 2014 11:48 PM Spanking Is Great for Sex Which is why it’s grotesque for parenting.
Sports Nut
Sept. 17 2014 3:51 PM NFL Jerk Watch: Roger Goodell How much should you loathe the pro football commissioner?