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Cultural Evolution

Cultural Evolution, Extraterrestrials, and Active SETI

John W. Traphagan | Posted 01.21.2017 | Science
John W. Traphagan

In an interview for Business Insider, astronomer and former director of the Center for SETI Research Jill Tarter, responded to Stephen Hawking's concerns about Active SETI, or sending messages to possible extraterrestrial civilizations rather than simply waiting and listening for signals from said intelligent aliens.

The Pull of a Higher Motive -- to Become Creative Engines

Marc Gafni | Posted 12.21.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Marc Gafni

As our culture has evolved, the basic survival needs of more and more people have been met. We begin to be able to identify more and more with the evo...

Cultural Evolution and Language Mavenry, Or Why Making Fun of People Who Mix Metaphors Is Not a Waste Of Time

Dan Cloud | Posted 07.22.2016 | Science
Dan Cloud

The discovery that I may actually be accomplishing something with my language snobbery is a serendipitous result of our ongoing effort to find a workable theory of cultural evolution.

You're Not a Chimpanzee, So Don't Make Love Like One

Dan Cloud | Posted 02.09.2015 | Science
Dan Cloud

Since Christmas is approaching, I'm tempted to say that these books might make good stocking stuffers. But the male ego is so fragile that some delicacy is required on the part of the giver, who must somehow insinuate that she's just trying to improve an already awesome performance.

Why a Bindi Is NOT an Example of Cultural Appropriation

Anjali Joshi | Posted 01.26.2015 | Entertainment
Anjali Joshi

Why shouldn't the bindi warrant the same kind of response as the other cultural symbols I've listed, you ask? Because most South Asians won't be able to tell you the religious significance of a bindi.

The Importance of Our Evolution Beyond Killing for Food

Bob Comis | Posted 03.05.2014 | Green
Bob Comis

As a pig farmer, I live an unethical life shrouded in the justificatory trappings of social acceptance. What I do is wrong, in spite of its acceptance by nearly 95 percent of the American population. I know it in my bones.

The Evolution of Freedom

Gerard Senehi | Posted 09.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Gerard Senehi

As has always been the case, the next measure of freedom rests in the hands of the people who recognize its potential.

The Evolution of Agency

Gerard Senehi | Posted 06.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Gerard Senehi

Why you might never look at babies -- and aging -- in the same way.

The Domesticated Human: How Evolution Enables Us to Defend Against Social Viruses

Dan Cloud | Posted 10.29.2012 | Science
Dan Cloud

How do we deal with a virus? Large organisms like humans only became possible when they evolved immune systems. Similarly, elaborate culture of a modern human kind seems to require the existence of some mechanism for filtering out bad behaviors.

2012-2020: Where Mythologies Clash

Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.

The decade ahead will be a testing time as it marks the peak clash between two mythologies -- or rather, two defining eras.

Beyond the Future: Are We Lacking in Vision?

Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D. | Posted 03.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.

What we do for the next 20 years, from now to 2030, will begin to create the template for the future; and what happens between now and 2050 will be a crucial period for establishing these patterns of change and getting them in place to serve for the long run.

Baby Briefcase: The Dilemma of the Working Mother

Toni Nagy | Posted 12.31.2011 | Parents
Toni Nagy

Being a woman has many advantages, ranging from the ability to experience multiple orgasms, having a greater variety of shoes to choose from, to the g...

God Cares About What I Care About

Valerie Tarico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Valerie Tarico

At the heart of humanity is a sometimes sweet, sometimes not-so-sweet narcissism that makes it almost impossible for us to get outside ourselves. In a similar vein, we tend to assume that God shares our perspective and priorities.

Could Culture Emerge Out of a God Who Evolves?

George Elerick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
George Elerick

If God evolves, then should we accept the responsibility that our culture might need to evolve as well? Maybe humanity has something to add to the conversation of our perpetual development.

New Evidence That Fairness Is More From Nurture Than Nature

Dan Agin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dan Agin

For the past several decades there's been a great commotion in the media about the biological roots of altruism and its counterpart selfishness. What saves us all is that reality comes to us not from media pundits.

Caster Semenya: When Gender Is Not Sex

Elizabeth Debold | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Debold

It seems pretty likely that Semenya is no longer going to be allowed to compete as a female in the sport that she loves and has trained so hard for.

Perspectives on Integral Ecology: A Dialogue

Ross Robertson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ross Robertson

Integral Ecology draws on the expertise of many disciplines and offers comprehensive, far-sighted, flexible solutions for the environment, which honor animals and people.


Ross Robertson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ross Robertson

The girl at the Food Conference had all the nervous paranoia of a serial murderer, but none of the rap sheet. She was on the run from the PC police.