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Preferences for High Masculinity and Femininity May Be Peculiar to Modern Societies

A new survey of 12 populations around the world challenges the commonly held assumption that human beings naturally prefer highly masculine men and highly feminine women.

Posted on Dec 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Beyond the Shock Machine

Some 50 years after the infamous Milgram experiments, Australian psychologist Gina Perry writes, “The standard account ... suggests that ordinary people can be manipulated into behaving in ways that contradict their morals and values—that you or I could be talked into torturing a man. But could we?”

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE


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Where Does Genius Come From?

Tracing talent to its origins probably isn’t ever going to be a precise science, but there’s a particular and pervasive brand of genetic determinism that butts its way into discussions, in scientific circles and in the media, about everything from health to intelligence to the roots of genius. According to author David Shenk, this line of argument leads us to make the wrong conclusions about human potential.

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Looking for Great ‘Big History’ Books

My late friend Ron Silver, the actor and political activist, once asked me a question that I have continued to think about ever since. On the afternoon of his last New Year’s Eve, when he surprised me by coming to California, he wanted to know if I had found any great “big history” books.

Posted on Aug 10, 2009 READ MORE


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