How Beauty Is Making Scientists Rethink Evolution A male flame bowerbird is a creature of incandescent beauty. The hue of his plumage transitions seamlessly from molten red to sunshine yellow. But that radiance is not enough to attract a mate. … Continue reading Is evolution just struggle for life?
How short-term increases in testosterone change men’s thinking style The hot-headed “macho man”, who acts first and thinks later, has long been popular in movies. Now there’s psychological evidence to support it. A new study in the Psychological Science finds … Continue reading The macho man
Vote for Ugly The first nineteen times that Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, ran for Congress, he won his seat with more than sixty per cent of the popular vote. That remarkable streak came to an end in 2012, the … Continue reading The beauty premium
Negotiating is a Core Competency One of the most important skills I’ve picked up over the years is reading people. It’s a critical part of negotiating, which is something we do continually – trying to secure everything from a voice … Continue reading How to reach an agreement
Are New York Taxis Such a Bad Investment? I recently attended a private-equity conference where a speaker, a TV pundit, abruptly shifted from offering tidbits from the Trumposphere to random life advice: “You have to ask yourself whether you want to … Continue reading The yellow-cab economics
Rules of ascent When asked in the 1920s why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, George Mallory notoriously quipped: ‘Because it’s there.’ It was a flippant remark, of course, but also an instance of what Friedrich Nietzsche had called ‘superficiality … Continue reading The harder the better
Why a cooperative work culture can be bad for star performers Wouldn’t it be nice to work in an environment focused on cooperation and solidarity, one that put the needs of the many above those of the few? Sounds great … Continue reading Collaborative discussion vs. spirited debate