Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life

Exploring the simple selfish biases that make us caring, creative, and complex

Douglas T. Kenrick, Ph.D., is professor of social psychology at Arizona State University.

more...

Subscribe to Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life

About Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life

What do sex and murder have to do with the meaning of life? Oscar Wilde said "We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.” But to see the stars -- to understand where human beings fit into the universe -- you have to be willing to look in the gutter -- to explore the simple selfish biases that link us with baboons, hyenas, chimpanzees, and naked mole rats. Ironically, studying those simple selfish biases helps us understand our generosity, creativity, and the emergence of human society.

Current Issue

Let It Go!

It can take a radical reboot to get past old hurts and injustices.