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How Evolution Shaped Our Minds and Bodies
Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D.
The cognitive ability that drove human evolution more than any other was our sociality. The ways we interact and form societies are a deep-rooted aspect of human nature.
The strains and conflicts of our increasingly globalized societies are not just about resources and politics, but stem from the most ancient features of our social psychology.
The field of evolutionary psychology is still young and controversial. Two scientists are helping it mature through a database for easy access to the strongest research.
A close look reveals why this virus is such a peculiar and frustrating threat.
COVID-19 is often compared to the flu, but it presents an entirely different kind of challenge. Here's why.
Here I share my experience contracting, fighting, and beating COVID-19 to remind everyone that youth and good health will not protect you. COVID comes for us all.
Underneath the great complexity of life lies some elegantly simple mathematics. Perhaps we are not "the most unlikely of species" after all.
Although the world seems marred by violence on all sides, our is the most peaceful and cooperative species of all primates.
The Evolutionary Advantage Theory may hold the key to why symmetrical faces are rated as more attractive.
As religious communities begin to ask how AI will affect their beliefs, they should get educated about AI and involve AI scientists in their discussions.
Scientists are now exploring how taurine affects brain functions, and a complicated picture is emerging.
A maladaptation is a feature that was once beneficial but no longer is. When it comes to psychology, it's often difficult to precisely dissect maladaptive behaviors.
150 years later, Darwin is still under attack from pseudoscientific challenges. Here is why some of us choose to use our time to respond.
While a personal evaluation is required for a psychological diagnosis, an evolutionary analysis can be informative on this important question.
Of all the species that have ever walked the earth, we may be the most flawed, but we are certainly the most beautiful.
A new research study examined how the human brain combines various components of attraction into one feeling. The results were deceptively simple.
To be healthy, humans need a highly varied diet. This is out of step with all other animals, but the answer to that mystery lies in the lifestyle of our ancestors long ago.
Can the chronic psychological stress of lacking access to healthcare lead to chronic physiological stress? The telomeres of white blood cells may hold the answers.
The key to all evolutionary innovation, and thus all human greatness, is the same thing that makes cancer so inevitable: mutations.
Public health research in Boston confirms that anti-LGBT hate crimes correlate with suicidality and poor mental health outcomes for LGBT youth.
Animals are "social learners" much more than we previously thought. This illuminates how animals master complex tasks and gives insight into the evolution of human intelligence.
The belief that the stigmatization of drugs as illegal and dangerous reduces teen drug use is not just wrong — it's backwards.
Americans by the millions are pursuing their genealogy and bio-geographical ancestry. But what can this tell us that we don't already know?
My book has drawn some predictable creationist criticism. Here I respond and invite dialogue.
There's more to wine than bouquets and finishes. Wine may be the badge of civilization and it is an excellent summary of science.
The key to understanding our struggles with healthy weight management lies in our evolutionary past.
Understanding the the many aspects of art reveals its possible functions and origins in our past.
Being flexible as employees meet their family needs is good for the health and well-being of workers. If those workers are healthcare providers, patients benefit also.
Human faces exhibit more diversity than any other physical feature and more than other species. This fact tells us of the social evolution of our ancestors.
In women, a low waist-hip ratio correlates with health, fertility, and attractiveness. However, a new study reveals that it may also distinguish between past and future fertility.
Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D., is a professor of molecular biology at John Jay College, of the City University of New York.