A New Theory Explains How Consciousness Evolved Ever since Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859, evolution has been the grand unifying theory of biology. Yet one of our most important biological traits, consciousness, is rarely studied … Continue reading Is consciousness a solution to information overload?
What I Learned From Tickling Apes Tickling a juvenile chimpanzee is a lot like tickling a child. The ape has the same sensitive spots: under the armpits, on the side, in the belly. He opens his mouth wide, lips relaxed, … Continue reading The animal side of humans
How We Learn Fairness A pair of brown capuchin monkeys is sitting in a cage. From time to time, their caretakers give them tokens, which they can then exchange for food. It’s a truth universally acknowledged that capuchin monkeys prefer … Continue reading Are you a loyalist or a ruthless competitor?
‘Run, Hide, Fight’ Is Not How Our Brains Work In this age of terror, we struggle to figure out how to protect ourselves — especially, of late, from active shooters. One suggestion, promoted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and … Continue reading Our frozen mind
How Humans Ended Up With Freakishly Huge Brains There it was, sitting on the mantelpiece, staring at her with hollow eyes and a naked grin. She could not stop staring back. It looked distinctly like the fossilized skull of an … Continue reading The unique human brain
A picture of eyes unconsciously discourages people from lying, study finds The presence of a pair of eyes may unconsciously discourage people from lying, even when those lies would benefit victims of a natural disaster, according to the findings of … Continue reading The watching eye effect
Please, Not Another Bias! The Problem with Behavioral Economics Thank you for the invitation to speak today. I accepted the invite because natural selection has shaped the human mind to take actions that have, in our past, tended increase reproductive … Continue reading The guide of evolutionary lens