A loving relationship can be an oasis in uncertain times, but nurturing it requires attention, honesty, openness, vulnerability, and gratitude.
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Race, monogamy, and other lies they told you.
Agustín Fuentes Ph.D.
Whether as food, labor, collaborators, friends, and even family, animals help us become human.
Violence and sex can be important, but ignoring what we do most of the time is dangerous.
There is often a serious disconnect between what research demonstrates and what is claimed to come from that “science.”
In this season of gift giving we can navigate around myopic gender expectations, but it is not easy. Hollywood and fruit flies stand in our way.
Humans have a distinctive, messy, and elaborately cognitive way of having sex.
Intercourse, and lots of it, is fundamental to being human, but it is getting harder to do. Can we get it online?
Inequality is part of modern humanity, but the ways in which it is maintained and exploited are not fixed in our culture or in our genes.
A movie helps us see that Individuality, social bonding, and a vocation are core to being a healthy person at all ages.
We often think of “love” as the center of understanding romantic relationships but that is not the whole, or the most accurate, picture.
The pop-culture world is a great place for good science…it can help us try to figure out why we do what we do.
We are not “moral animals,” we are moral humans, and there is a difference. But commonalities and differences with other species might help us better understand why we do what we do.
The fact that the sexes overlap as much, if not more, than they differ should tell us something about how to ask questions about human nature.
Cultural concepts of “marriage” are not part of human nature, pair bonds most assuredly are.
When thinking about human nature do our “reality goggles” get in the way of seeing reality?
Are we "bad to the bone" aggressive primates, or is there more to it than that?
Busting the myth of biological race.
Agustín Fuentes, Ph.D, is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame.