Prof Cass Sunstein on how social change happens, and why it’s so often abrupt & unpredictable It can often feel hopeless to be an activist seeking social change on an obscure issue where most people seem opposed or at best … Continue reading Social change
Making the Social Leap: A Conversation on How Our Psychology Evolved Shortly after the publication of his new book, The Social Leap, I spoke to William von Hippel at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore at the University of Chicago. The Social … Continue reading The social leap
Cognitive gadgets Bookshops are wonderful places – and not all the good stuff is in books. A few months ago, I spotted a man standing in the philosophy section of a local bookshop with his daughter, aged three or four. … Continue reading Thinking devices
Bias has been overestimated at the expense of noise Daniel Kahneman (Nobel 2002) is of course known for his extensive work on behavioral biases and how they affect economic decisions. He’s now working on a new book, together with Olivier … Continue reading The cost of noise
A New Study Supports Evolutionary Psychology’s Explanation For Why Men And Women Want Different Attributes In Partners When it comes to the heated subject of differences between how men and women behave, debate in psychology has centered on mate preferences … Continue reading Social roles theory
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 Will Dogs Reshape Nature Without Humans to Control Them? In a previous essay called “As Dogs Go Wild in a World Without Us, How Might They Cope?” I wrote about how dogs might adapt to a world in which … Continue reading Types of natural selection