Category: intolerance

Epic of Man’s Inhumanity: D.W. Griffith’s Silent Film ‘Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Through the Ages’

Everything about cinema’s first blockbuster, “The Birth of a Nation” (1915), seemed new: its three-hour running time, complex narrative, large cast of characters, and its powerful emotional effect on audiences. Its director, David Wark Griffith, was born in 1875, the son of a Kentucky farmer. A mediocre actor, he toured the country for years with…


Can Changing the Microbiome Reverse Lactose Intolerance?

After childhood, about two-thirds of the world’s human population loses the ability to digest milk. As far as we know, 100% of nonhuman mammals also lose this ability after weaning. The ongoing ability to digest lactose, the main sugar in milk, into adulthood is a biological abnormality. Lactose cannot be directly absorbed in the intestinal…