What do mirror tests test? When our collie, Buckaroo, was four months old, he began barking at his reflection in our glass patio door every evening, doing his best to alert us to this unknown, bold little pup outside. Of … Continue reading Animal self-awareness
If we’re serious about changing the world, we need a better kind of economics to do it In 2017, a poll in the UK asked: “Whose opinion do you trust the most when they talk about their field of expertise?” … Continue reading The humane economics
Can You Really Be Addicted to Video Games? Charlie Bracke can’t remember a time when he wasn’t into video games. When he was 5, he loved playing Wolfenstein 3D, a crude, cartoonish computer game in which a player tries to … Continue reading Compulsion for games
How Children Get Hooked on Sugary Drinks Slave to your sweet tooth? Researchers say the predilection for sweetened drinks — a major driver of the nation’s obesity crisis — begins in childhood. That’s one reason health experts recommend children under … Continue reading Sugar and children
Why we’re rethinking the images we use for our climate journalism At the Guardian we want to ensure that the images we publish accurately and appropriately convey the climate crisis that we face. Following discussions among editors about how we … Continue reading Fewer polar bears
The Tipping System Is Immoral For most of my life I’ve been glad that America is a society that relies heavily on tipping. First, tipping allows us to reward excellent service. Second, in a world of rising economic inequality, a … Continue reading Service compris or tipping?
Be Humble, and Proudly, Psychologists Say In their day jobs, research psychologists don’t typically need safety goggles, much less pith helmets or Indiana Jones bullwhips. There’s no rappelling into caves to uncover buried scrolls, no prowling the ocean floor in … Continue reading The habits of lost civilization