Maria Isabel Garcia

Maria Isabel Garcia is a science writer. She has written two books, "Science Solitaire" and "Twenty One Grams of Spirit and Seven Ounces of Desire." Her column Science Solitaire appears every Friday, and you can reach her at

May 2019
SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, May 19, 2019
What do you really think of science?

Barring bathroom calls, what is your first thought in the morning? Whether it is a glass of warm water, a cup of coffee or tea, a plain piece of bread, or with coco jam or cheese, does it cross your ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, May 12, 2019
The cold will inherit the Earth

When the call for sustainable development started to march out to mass consciousness decades ago, the critics in the field responded with a question: sustainable for whom? The wealthiest countries ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, May 05, 2019
If we are natural givers, why don't we give enough?

There is no one way to happiness. Anyone who says that has clearly not gotten to the core of being human. Happiness is a complicated thing, but there is no doubt that we all want it, even if we know ...

Apr 2019
SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Apr 28, 2019
Time in a battle

One time, I overheard two little boys, both around 5 years old, talking to each other: Boy 1: Have you had a birthday? Boy 2: Yes, but I had it again.Boy 1: Me too. How many times do you think we ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Apr 21, 2019
The science of awakening

What awakens us? Everyone is alive, observing each other and everything else, posting what they think of each other and the events happening in every layer of existence – from the personal to the ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Apr 14, 2019
Death Day

I am always stalked by a sense of death. This started almost two decades ago when my husband fell ill. For the next 18 months, we prepared ourselves to say goodbye to each other. I have experienced ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Apr 07, 2019
How about it? A no-selfie travel adventure

What do you surrender when you take a photo to share with the world online? That is not a trick question. It used to be that we just took photos to document the moment – to preserve it in captured ...

Mar 2019
SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Mar 31, 2019
The science behind 'taking it out on someone'

What are the ingredients of trust? If you are referring to trust in people you already know, the answers are obvious: consistency, sincerity, and dependability. But what if you were asked to trust ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Mar 24, 2019
To be under the spell of a gaze

What really happens when you look into someone's eyes? So much has been said about eye contact being the definitive signal for truthfulness, trustworthiness, or at least, "connectedness" between ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Mar 17, 2019
By the time you are 20

At middle age or older, are you as fired up to learn as much as you did before you were 20 years old? Think about that for a while. Is there a marked difference in your desire to learn? Is there a ...