Religious Accommodations in the Workplace

Should non-denominational for-profit companies that use sexual imagery as an integral part of their branding be forced to accommodate religious attire? Do religious-based rights trump all other rights?

Why Mothers Are So Special

Mothers hold a privileged status within the human experience. I address some of the foundational evolutionary principles that explain the mother-child bond. Happy Mother’s Day!

Freedom of Speech Is Everything

Offending someone’s religious sensibilities can never justify a violent response. There are no “but” qualifiers and the sooner that this lesson is internalized, the rosier our future will be.

Mothers Who Harm Their Kids To Garner Attention

Few could imagine that a mother could harm her own biological child as a means of garnering empathy and sympathy. Yet, this dreadful reality has been documented in a wide range of cultural settings.

2 Principles We Should All Live By

Many people lament the apparent rise of bad manners in contemporary online and offline settings. In her latest book "Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*uck" Amy Alkon offers some practical solutions to the onslaught of daily boorish behaviors.

Equality Under the Law ≠ Equality of Outcomes

I describe the equality bias, a form of faulty reasoning wherein equality under the law is confused with equality of outcomes. Legal equality does not translate into equal potentiality or equal life trajectories.

Is Atheism Just Another Religion?

Do strident atheists practice a form of religious zealotry? Does atheism lead to violence? Is The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins as likely to engender violence as say religious texts rooted in genocidal hatred of non-believers?

Why Do Individuals Enlist with ISIS? Ask Russell Brand!

Russell Brand has offered key factors that supposedly drive people to sign up with ISIS, none of which deal with religion.

How Do We Know If a Religion Is Peaceful?

Is there a scientific and rational method that can be used to establish whether a religion largely preaches peace or violence?

Sex Differences in Educational Attainment

When it comes to the number of university degrees conferred at American universities to US residents, one sex is unequivocally ahead. No cries of sexism?

Which Ten Historical Figures Would You Invite For Dinner?

If you could invite ten historical figures to your next New Year’s Eve dinner, who would they be? Read on to find out the results of an informal survey that I conducted along with my own list. Happy Holidays!

Are Recommendations on TV Medical Talk Shows Valid?

Experts on television medical talk shows (e.g., The Dr. Oz Show; The Doctors) dispense a wide array of advice to audience members. Are such recommendations scientifically valid? A recent study sheds light on this exact issue.

The Pathologies of Cultures of Honor and Shame

Cultures of honor and shame yield many undesirable outcomes at both the individual and group levels. One’s misplaced pride to save face can lead to shameful behaviors possessing little to no honor.

Which Countries Score the Lowest on Freedom of Thought?

When it comes to freedom of thought, which countries obtained the lowest ratings in the 2014 Global Report on Freedom of Thought? Are there any variables that might help us predict which countries are likely to make it on this execrable list?

Atheists Are Murderous, Perverted Beasts!

Beware of atheists. Apparently, they are much more likely to commit countless acts of moral depravity. Those beasts!

Bored to Death…Literally!

Experiencing prolonged boredom can be hazardous to your health.

New Age Gurus: Dispensers of Nonsense

The New Age movement works because humans have a desperate need to find hope and meaning in an otherwise chaotic and unpredictable world. Speaking of which, as an Evolutionary Quantum Hakim (EQH), I can offer you three key universal truths.

Ben Affleck to Sam Harris: Gross Racist!

On last night’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Ben Affleck attacked Sam Harris for his “gross racism.” I offer an analysis of key aspects of their exchange.

Does More Sex Lead to Greater Happiness?

You want to maximize your happiness? Read the results of two studies that have examined the sex-happiness link.

Judging Those Who Never Judge

In their desire to appear progressive and liberal, many people are deeply reticent to cast any judgments. This is contrary to human nature, as the ability to judge is part of our evolved repertoire of cognitive and emotional strategies.

5 Life Lessons From a Lost Ring

This past weekend I lost my most prized possession: My wedding ring. Through a miraculous set of circumstances, I found the ring and along the way was reminded of important life lessons.

Why Do Women Apply Facial Cosmetics?

Most women apply make-up without necessarily knowing the exact biological-based signals that they seek to accentuate via this particular form of beautification. The mystery has been solved!

Top-Performing Male Athletes Are Hot!

Is part of a man’s athletic prowess inscribed on his face? Specifically, do people evaluate top-performing athletes as more attractive even when they do not know the athletes in question (and hence are unfamiliar with their performances)? Read the results of a recent study using Tour de France cyclists.

Rihanna versus TLC

The two surviving members of the all-female group TLC recently publicly chastised Rihanna for her scantily clad attire and overt sexuality. This is to be expected once one understands the evolutionary roots of intra-sexual competition.

Why Do Women Become Porn Actresses?

Why do female porn actresses choose their career path? What are their likes and dislikes of their chosen profession? See the results of a recent study that sought these answers from 176 adult film performers.

Do Babies Make Men Sexier?

When on the campaign trail, male politicians are particularly apt to have their photos taken while holding a baby. A recent study sheds light on this practice: Men who interact with babies are construed as more desirable along several important traits.

Donald Sterling: Do Racists Have a Right to Privacy?

Do individuals have a right to privacy when uttering deplorable and hateful positions during a private chat? Should all individuals caught espousing racist and bigoted views during personal conversations be amenable to severe punishment?

How Do We Choose Our Mates?

People use a wide range of decision rules when choosing a mate. The same suitor might either be chosen or rejected as a function of how one makes the choice. Decision makers beware!

How Your Mate Value Affects Your Responses to Infidelity

Numerous studies have shown that men and women respond differently to the sexual or emotional infidelities of their romantic partners. Does this sex-specific effect vary as a function of an individual’s mate value?

When Evaluating Mates, Women Are More “Irrational” Than Men

“7 out of 10 people who know this person think that this person has an attractive face” and “3 out of 10 people who know this person think that this person does not have an attractive face” are logically equivalent, and yet people end up with different evaluations depending on which version they see. Who is more likely to fall prey to this trap, men or women?

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