A loving relationship can be an oasis in uncertain times, but nurturing it requires attention, honesty, openness, vulnerability, and gratitude.
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David P. Barash Ph.D., Judith Eve Lipton M.D.
Why do so many continue to support President Trump, even as his behavior has been increasingly dangerous (even to themselves)? Social psychology research can help.
Our biological ignorance has been projected on the wall, like a rat standing in front of a night-light. What shall we do about it?
We're not about to go extinct because of the latest virus. But there are other creatures who probably wouldn't care, and might even celebrate, if we did.
How is communication different from a dung beetle rolling a ball? Let me count the ways...
When you talk, how often are you telling the truth?
A naive view of evolution suggests that parents and children should nearly always be on the same wavelength. But the truth is more complex.
Many who deny the existence of the human soul like to console ourselves that we are at least particularly rational. Not so fast.
Suicide isn't only a tragedy; it's a deep, dark evolutionary paradox. Here's a biologically based hypothesis that might shed some light. (Or not.)
If you think that human beings are unique in our ability to engage in complex cognitive functioning, you have another think coming!
Ethologists used to maintain that animals behaved "instinctively" and without much thought. In fact, the question of animal minds was a kind of third rail. But no more.
There is a long, sorry history of mentally ill monarchs, prime ministers, and presidents. But never have the stakes been as high as they are now.
There is a history of sociopathic liars causing political chaos and social pain, but England, at least, pulled through.
Research in animal behavior emphasizes the importance of a reliability component when it comes to communication. This has important implications when it comes to Donald Trump.
Walt Whitman was born a bit more than 200 years ago. His "Song of Myself" is a song for all of us—and for all living things.
Right-wing extremists deny both the reality of global heating and the risk of nuclear winter—two truths for one planet.
Genes create bodies, not vice versa. Yet the boundaries involved are not only indistinct, but misleading
Episode 8.3 of "Game of Thrones" was downright terrifying, but perhaps not in the way its showrunners intended.
Pretty much everyone is against extremism and often perplexed by it. But an evolutionary view suggests it may be more "normal" than most people think.
It's not a hoax, not a send-up of post-modernist bombastic nonsense, but a genuinely creative and unexpected bit of tom-foolery.
A young American was killed evangelizing an uncontacted people on a remote island. His action raises psychological, evolutionary, and ethical questions.
Here's a controversial idea: it would be a good thing to make a chimp-human combo. First, a bit of background ...
Climate change, human rights, conventional war, environmental destruction—these and others are all crucially important. Looming over all of them, however, is nuclear war.
There are more things in the real world, and in great novels, than are dreamed of by biologists and theologians: Meet tardigrades and their fictional cousins, the trisolarians.
Regarding nuclear war and other catastrophes, who speaks for the trees and the animals? Is it time to start a Lorax Society?
Nuclear weapons are the most important issue of our time, and indeed, of any time.
Ironically, our bodies are in many ways very "unintelligently designed," providing more evidence — if any is needed — of our biological naturalness.
We are now in a "trade war," which isn't really a war, but rather a game of chicken. These games have their own novel rules, and offer nifty insights.
If Donald Trump can be induced to think that he might win a Nobel Peace Prize, we'd all be better off.
#MeToo has had tremendous consequences, in our hearts and minds as well as society. I am allergic to bullying and sexism, and this is difficult for my friends and family. And you?
Anti-ballistic missiles have been much less successful than advertised. This is especially dangerous with an Administration liable to rely on them after attacking North Korea.
David P. Barash, Ph.D., is an evolutionary biologist and professor of psychology emeritus at the University of Washington. His latest book is Through a Glass Brightly: using science to see our species as it really is.
Judith Eve Lipton, M.D. is a psychiatrist and book author. She and her husband David Barash have written about sex, war, and human nature.