What to know about what you don’t know you know. #1: Intuition is very efficient—if you don't overthink it.
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All good things are more fragile than bad things
David P. Barash Ph.D., Judith Eve Lipton M.D.
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.
When they think about deterrence (if they do so at all), most people think it makes sense. It doesn't.
Even many people who should know better wear intellectual blinders when it comes to nuclear deterrence, and we are all worse off as a result.
Could we have another early 1980s-style, grassroots movement today? It’s not impossible.
Why might Russia and the Alt-Right join forces to support Trump? Maybe it was revenge for destroying the USSR, a gamble. Now nuclear war threatens both Empires.
David Lynch's extraordinary TV series carries a serious message. It may also be the most ingenious and creative video of all time.
The Resistance will take a long time. Use creative energy to keep it lively and lovely.
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.