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TALKING HEADS
Rituals As Social Glue: An Interview With Harvey Whitehouse
Why are rituals such a pervasive feature of human social life? And what role might they have played in the evolution of our social behavior?
Applied Evolutionary Psychology
How evolutionary psychology can improve the quality of life.
RSA Animate - Language as a Window into Human Nature
Steven Pinker: The Stuff of Thought
Does Evolution Explain Human Nature?
Consciousness, free-will, and morality discussed by three scientists.


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What makes us different from all the other animals? Is it our swollen brains, our idle hands, or perhaps our limber thumbs? >>Read More
Post: October 9, 2012 8:40 pm, Source: Slate  Comments (1) Views (2550)
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Did selfishness — or sharing — drive human evolution? Evolutionary theorists have traditionally focused on competition and the ruthlessness of natural selection, but often they have failed to consider a critical fact: that humans could not have survived in nature without the charity and social reciprocity of a group. >>Read More
Post: October 8, 2012 3:37 pm, Source: Times  Comments (1) Views (1713)
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Scientists are increasingly seeing personality as a key factor in an animal's ability to survive, adapt, and thrive in its environment. But this topic isn't an easy one to study scientifically, says primatologist Dorothy Cheney of the University of Pennsylvania. >>Read More
Post: October 8, 2012 10:03 am, Source: Science Now  Comments (0) Views (859)
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And this, in turn, leads to the question: who’s in charge of your own mind? Think of the morgue scene in the movie “Men in Black,” when a human corpse is revealed to be a robot, its skull inhabited by a little green man from outer space. >>Read More
Post: October 7, 2012 8:20 pm, Source: New York Times  Comments (0) Views (842)
RSA Animate - Language as a Window into Human Nature
Steven Pinker: The Stuff of Thought >>Read More
Post: October 7, 2012 7:32 pm, Source:   Comments (2) Views (2639)
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Recently Drs. Miller and Raison, physicians at Emory University and the University of Arizona respectively, authored a paper "The evolutionary significance of depression in pathogen host defense" in which they proposed that some of the alleles (forms of genes) that increase one's risk for depression also enhance immune responses to infections. >>Read More
Post: October 2, 2012 12:48 pm, Source: The Atlantic   Comments (3) Views (1670)
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Moreover, as lying has evolved, so has the ability to detect lies. Self-deception may be a response to this escalating arms race of lying and lie-detection. We lie more persuasively if we believe our own lies. >>Read More
Post: October 1, 2012 8:33 pm, Source: Scientific American  Comments (0) Views (962)

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