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Why we do what we do
Nigel Barber Ph.D.
The appropriation of social media by political extremists today is analogous to earlier assaults on freedom.
Did your dinner guests call to say they are just setting out after they are supposed to have arrived?
The Internet changed all aspects of our social and work lives in ways that were inconceivable at the outset.
The ascent of Kamala Harris to the Democratic presidential ticket augurs well for the future.
The coronavirus introduces a new level of risk for aging leaders.
Medical opinion has undergone a reversal, shifting from disease risks to the possible health benefits of safe sex, including autoerotic activity.
As gender becomes less important in the economy scientists grapple with the implications of real gender differences in how the brain receives, information.
Political rifts may compound the impacts of growing up in poverty.
If we are all products of the same process of evolution, scientists must use the same terms to explain our actions as they use for other species.
Reopening the economy recently brought alarming increases in COVID-19 cases in the U.S. Are Americans up to this challenge?
We are locked in a chess game with the pandemic.
How is it possible for humans to exist outside nature if all species arose from the same process of evolution by natural selection?
Social-distancing rules cast a spotlight on our normal use of social spaces and point to the key role of distances in regulating social interactions.
The pandemic altered our social interactions and changed the way we work. These changes occurred in just a few days.
Our ancestors have eaten meat for millions of years, possibly to satisfy the requirements of large brains.
Experiments in Paris find that problem-solving is possible in organisms that lack even a central nervous system.
Men are three times as likely as women to admit that they do not wear face masks. This fits with a broader pattern of better health behavior by women.
Animals must benefit from current opportunities to survive, whether to feed, to evade predators, or to mate.
When poets and rock stars die young, we may attribute the tragic early loss to a pattern, such as the seemingly cursed age of 27 years.
Early humans migrated widely through Eurasia. Why were they so restless and why did their great-ape ancestors remain in place?
Even as many of us are trapped indoors due to the pandemic, our moods rise on bright days and plumb the depths after days of rain.
The coronavirus pandemic may tell us whether we can resolve climate change by modifying individual behavior.
In wartime, national leaders generally become extremely popular. Think Winston Churchill during the war, or George W. Bush after 9/11.
Garret Hardin's analysis of commons grazing systems concluded that they are inherently dysfunctional and disintegrate due to human greed— but the commons flourish, even today.
Recent survey data show that Republicans are significantly less likely than Democrats to view the coronavirus as a valid threat.
When our ancestors settled down on permanent farms, agriculture was born. When agriculture became super productive, cities were born.
When it comes to personal appearance, novelist Virginia Woolf was probably correct. Her satirical question may have been rhetorical, but it does have an answer.
If we did not experience emotions, life might not be worth living. Negative emotions also give rise to most of the pain we experience.
The belief in getting something for nothing is a compelling illusion that boosts shopping.
Guilt about weight is unhelpful, but arguing that we have no control over our weight is even worse.
Nigel Barber, Ph.D., is an evolutionary psychologist as well as the author of Why Parents Matter and The Science of Romance, among other books.