Animals Matter

Whether as food, labor, collaborators, friends, and even family, animals help us become human.

It’s Not All Sex and Violence

Violence and sex can be important, but ignoring what we do most of the time is dangerous.

When Good Science Goes Bad

There is often a serious disconnect between what research demonstrates and what is claimed to come from that “science.”

Busting the Holiday Gender-Fest

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.

Why Is Sex So Complicated?

Humans have a distinctive, messy, and elaborately cognitive way of having sex.

Humans Need Intercourse

Intercourse, and lots of it, is fundamental to being human...but it is getting harder to do…can we get it online?

Is Inequality Natural?

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.
Robot and Frank: The Importance of Being Yourself Across the Lifespan

Robot and Frank: The Importance of Being Yourself Across the Lifespan

A movie helps us see that Individuality, social bonding, and a vocation are core to being a healthy person at all ages.

What Is Love?

We often think of “love” as the center of understanding romantic relationships but that is not the whole, or the most accurate, picture.

Hook-ups, Horror, and Human Evolution

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.

Are We Moral Animals?

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.
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Men and Women Are the Same Species!

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.

On Marriage and Pair Bonds

Cultural concepts of “marriage” are not part of human nature, pair bonds most assuredly are.

“I Wouldn’t Have Seen It if I Hadn’t Believed It”

When thinking about human nature do our “reality goggles” get in the way of seeing reality?

Bad to the Bone: Are Humans Naturally Aggressive?

Are we "bad to the bone" aggressive primates, or is there more to it than that?

Race Is Real, but not in the way Many People Think

Busting the myth of biological race