The COVID crisis throws into relief what happens when grief has—quite literally—nowhere to go. The evidence suggests that most people summon strengths that surpass their own expectations.
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How nerve cell dictatorships and democracies control everything we do
Ari Berkowitz Ph.D.
The desire to make our bodies look more masculine or feminine has led to an increase in cosmetic surgeries of the genitals and breasts.
Bodybuilding competitions show how the goal of extreme muscularity is associated with hypermasculinity. This may be unhealthy both physically and psychologically.
Almost all adults grow body hair due to androgens. But for centuries, women have removed body hair in the name of femininity, often at great cost.
Many people have intersex anatomy—not simply female or male. But how does this happen and why have intersex people been hidden and subjected to harmful surgeries?
Brain-machine interfaces bypass spinal cord injuries so patients can use their thoughts to directly control their muscles or a prosthetic hand.
The best point guards can pass to a teammate they can't see. Bats can track both other bats and insects, using specialized brain circuits.
We know from Edward Snowden that the NSA does extensive covert electronic surveillance. So do some fish.
We are currently awash in polling, voting, and caucusing. Brains, like countries, need to make decisions. Nerve cells choose behaviors through processes akin to elections.
Ari Berkowitz, Ph.D., is a Presidential Professor of Biology at the University of Oklahoma and author of Governing Behavior.