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The Evolution and Ethology of Terrorism: We Are Unique, Violence Is a Dead End, But There Is Hope

Marc Bekoff | Posted 11.23.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

A number of people have asked me questions about the evolution and ethology of terrorism, and I consider that to be questioning whether or not we can we explain human terrorism and violence by looking for their roots in the behavior of nonhuman animals (animals). And, if not, is this one arena in which human exceptionalism reigns free?

Butts and Noses: Secrets, Lessons, and Surprises from Dog Parks

Marc Bekoff | Posted 05.19.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

Dog behavior, in all of its kaleidoscopic forms, is an incredibly exciting field of research, and I look forward to seeing further studies of the above and other questions.

Dogs Just Wanna Have Fun: Birds, Fish, Reptiles and Insects Too

Marc Bekoff | Posted 03.14.2015 | Green
Marc Bekoff

The online essays are free and I highly recommend reading them to learn what we know about the emotional lives of many other animals and why having fun has evolved in many diverse species.

The Power of Sexual Selection: How Psychology Influences Evolution and Vice Versa

Allen Frances | Posted 04.28.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

Our psychology has been shaped by a sometimes uneasy balance of natural and sexual selection -- the practical need to acquire our daily bread and the romantic need to find love and produce offspring.

Humans Are Unique Animals Because Evolution Gave Us Angst

Jeffrey P. Kahn, M.D. | Posted 04.21.2013 | Science
Jeffrey P. Kahn, M.D.

Philosophers and scientists have long debated whether there is something unique about Homo sapiens that sets us apart from all of the other animals. It's not a question of whether we should feel like special humans - it's a question of whether in some way we are actually special animals.

Cara Santa Maria

Do Animals Have A Sense Of Humor? | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 09.25.2012 | Science

LOLCats may make us laugh out loud, but do the kittens in these adorable memes find their own behavior funny? I wondered about humor in the animal kin...