The ‘nudge unit’: the experts that became a prime UK export David Halpern pauses at the mention of a quote from one of the government’s senior Brexiters – that “people in this country have had enough of experts” – and … Continue reading Civil servants
The Psychology of Anti-Semitism After the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, in which a white supremacist shot to death 11 people while screaming, “All Jews must die,” a Jewish girl in New York sent an anguished … Continue reading The stereotypes of out-groups
The elephant as a person Have you ever stood in a field full of cows? It’s obvious that they’re aware of one another, but in a minimal kind of way. They tend to stay loosely clumped together as they graze, … Continue reading Hypersociality
Evolutionary Analysis of Male Reddit Users Attempts to Explain Singlehood Societies around the world are increasingly full of singles. Marriage rates are plummeting across Asia, Europe, and the United States, and committed relationships are in rapid decline as well. To … Continue reading Why Are Some Men Single?
Why Does Every Soccer Player Do This? Goals in soccer games can be few and far between, which helps explain the delirious nature of most scoring celebrations. Some players yank off their jerseys or drop to their knees and glide … Continue reading The hands-to-the-head gesture
Why More White Americans Are Opposing Government Welfare Programs A new study shows that since 2008, more white people in the United States oppose welfare programs, in part because of increasing “racial resentment.” One of the reasons for this opposition, … Continue reading Are you feeling envious?
What can economics teach us about moral ecology? In exploring the various connections between morality, theology, and economics, we routinely long for philosophers and theologians who understand economics, just as we crave economists who understand the bigger picture of self-interest … Continue reading The language of morality