The events at Ferguson are not rooted in human nature, but the response can be. Read More
Pitting biology and evolution versus culture and life experience is a giant mistake. Read More
Are sexual coercion, harassment, even rape, biological imperatives? Read More
Do genetic data prove that there are multiple biological races in humans today? Read More
Don’t deny variability; enjoy your spot at any place on the continuum, and know that being different is in fact a normal part of being human. Read More
Being human and being happy is about being part of a community, and then about the details of individual relationships. Read More
We all want to believe the myth of DNA: that it provides an explanation for why we are the way we are. However, it is just not true—genes are never more than just a part of the story.
Aggression between women today doesn’t necessarily mean human females evolved to be “bitchy” Read More
Being human means failing often Read More
Can a bad dopamine gene be a core cause for Moms being harsher parents? Not likely. There is no way the world, the human body, and parenting behavior is that simple.
The phallus fallacy, the ubiquitous focus on the penis in popular media and culture, may be acting to reinforce social and gender inequities. This is a problem. Read More
Breaking the cycle of racism means learning about race, and more importantly, talking about it. But this is no easy feat. Read More
A focus on genitals does not tell us much about being human Read More
Whether as food, labor, collaborators, friends, and even family, animals help us become human. Read More
Violence and sex can be important, but ignoring what we do most of the time is dangerous. Read More
There is often a serious disconnect between what research demonstrates and what is claimed to come from that “science.” Read More
In this season of gift giving we can navigate around myopic gender expectations, but it is not easy. Hollywood and fruit flies stand in our way. Read More
Humans have a distinctive, messy, and elaborately cognitive way of having sex. Read More
Intercourse, and lots of it, is fundamental to being human...but it is getting harder to do…can we get it online? Read More
Inequality is part of modern humanity, but the ways in which it is maintained and exploited are not fixed in our culture or in our genes. Read More
A movie helps us see that Individuality, social bonding, and a vocation are core to being a healthy person at all ages. Read More
We often think of “love” as the center of understanding romantic relationships but that is not the whole, or the most accurate, picture. Read More
The pop-culture world is a great place for good science…it can help us try to figure out why we do what we do. Read More
We are not “moral animals,” we are moral humans, and there is a difference. But commonalities and differences with other species might help us better understand why we do what we do. Read More
The fact that the sexes overlap as much, if not more, than they differ should tell us something about how to ask questions about human nature. Read More
Cultural concepts of “marriage” are not part of human nature, pair bonds most assuredly are. Read More
When thinking about human nature do our “reality goggles” get in the way of seeing reality? Read More
Are we "bad to the bone" aggressive primates, or is there more to it than that? Read More
Busting the myth of biological race Read More
Agustín Fuentes, Ph.D, is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame.
It can take a radical reboot to get past old hurts and injustices.