Tommy the Chimp Is an Animal, Not a Prisoner

A human child, even as young as two years of age, is head-and-shoulders above any ape intellectually.

Review: Saving Normal

Many human behaviours, quirks, eccentricities and woes which in the past would have been seen as parts of the rich tapestry of life are now branded mental disorders.

Early Childhood Maketh Not the Man

John Bruer talks to Helene Guldberg about the myth of the first three years being pivotal.

Review: The Book of Woe

A diagnosis may result in “a kind of reductionism that insults our sense of ourselves as unfathomably complex or even transcendental creatures” Greenberg writes. A doctor who tells a widower that his grief is an illness “is potentially not only labelling, stigmatising, and medicating him, but also shaping the patient’s understanding of loss, of himself, of the meaning."

Let's Not Obsess About 'Sibling Bullying'

In the vast majority of cases, sibling rivalries do no more harm than irritate the hell out of parents.

We Are Not Determined by Early Experiences

Whether based on attachment theory or neurobabble, the claim that human beings are set in stone by the age of three is groundless.

DSM-5: A Disaster for Children

Christopher Lane talks to Helene Guldberg about the newly published fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – ‘a legal document facilitating the medication of millions’.

Bullying: the need to reframe the debate

As adults we should be asking ourselves whether we are helping or hindering children and young people by the way we talk about and deal with bullying. Adults undoubtedly need to find ways of helping the young to negotiate difficult situations, but we also need to be careful not to undermine their abilities to sort out these difficulties themselves.

Does Watching TV Give You Cancer? Of Course Not

News reports claiming that TV-addicted kids risk getting cancer confirm that the scaremongers mean business in 2013. It’s time to fight back.

There Is No Evidence Television Is Bad For Kids

The recent claim that too much television is bad for children is just another policy agenda dressed up as science.

Only Humans Have Morality, Not Animals

In his attempt to prove that beasts have morals, Dale Peterson airbrushes away all the things that make humans unique in the animal kingdom.

Exploring the chasm that separates great apes from humans

Humans are not just social, we are 'ultra social.'

Restating the case for human uniqueness

The evidence for apes having human-like mental capacities is getting weaker and weaker. 

Should apes have rights?

We have built cities, cured diseases and created art, yet some people think humans are worth no more than apes.

Can orang-utans really mime?

Experts should know better than to claim that great apes can communicate in a similar way to human beings.

Chimps don't mourn like humans

 A handful of chimp mothers carrying around their dead babies is not evidence of ‘human-like’ qualities.

The myth of racist kids

 The problem with anti-bullying and anti-racist policies