We're social animals, and we're at our best in social groups. Religion just happens to be a really accessible group.
Why do we seem so incapable of accomplishing a goal that we set for ourselves and truly desire? Part of the answer has to do with timing. Winter is not an ideal season to successfully execute big changes.
The psychologists who specialize in the study of creativity are virtually unanimous: the old may be wise, but only the young are creative. These scholars are wrong. Wisdom not only can be the very source of creativity: it has been for many of our greatest innovators.
Prior to Newton, there were isolated scientists -- Archimedes, Da Vinci, and Galileo, for example -- but there was not yet science.
Deep in the Bible Belt, some thoughtful politicians have found a way to say no to creationism. And these same leaders are actually making changes that will make a significant difference in the lives of students.
I propose that big brains are rare in nature not because they are an expensive tissue to maintain, but because the consequences of complex thought are not adaptive. Being smart is a dumb survival strategy.
Protecting healthy soil and water resources and reclaiming abused and contaminated resources are essential to ensuring that millions of people alive today, as well as millions yet unborn, will have enough to eat throughout this century. This is not a far-off problem.
The issues of mental health and global health are closely linked -- if not one and the same. Similar processes we use to improve our mental health can help us make better, more responsible decisions as a society -- by focusing on the compassion and integrity of our right brain, rather than the judgment, punishment and deception of our left brain.
When you learn something new -- a sequence of letters, for example -- an ancient structure known as the midbrain sends squirts of the chemical dopamine to your prefrontal cortex, effectively tagging the new information as "for your immediate attention."
It was Carl Woese who first identified the Archaea and introduced us to horizontal gene transfer. I asked Carl Woese during my recent interview with him -- perhaps the last feature interview he gave -- how he defined life.
Indiana Republican State Senator Dennis Kruse is attempting to fool us again, and apparently he is succeeding with some local newspaper reporters and editors. Last year Kruse introduced a bill that was as simple as it was crazy, as anti-intellectual as it was unconstitutional. And he's at it again.
So many popular stories about evolution strive to pinpoint a single evolutionary force responsible for a particular trait. I am expecting that we will see a new tide of stories that are just so, given that news of a new biomechanical study of human hands and fists has hit the presses.
Why do we believe fictions in the face of facts? When do the scales fall from our eyes?
All American children deserve this opportunity, not just those who demonstrate an early aptitude or who are fortunate to attend such forward-looking schools.
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The idea is that when the epi-marks on genes that affect sexual orientation get passed from father to daughter, then some traits end up more masculinized. Likewise, mother-son transmission of epi-marks can result in the feminization of some traits.