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Human Nature

Does Evolution Explain Human Nature?

Victor Udoewa | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
Victor Udoewa

Perhaps at the heart of this question are really two deeper questions. First, are humans special and unique, above and beyond other animals? Second, is the specialness or unique nature due to a God? In other words, is there a God?

ReThink Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes -- Can't We All Just Get Along?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.10.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I was thrilled to watch Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the latest chapter of a true rarity -- a big-budget summer franchise imbued not only with cutting-edge visual effects, but with a tremendous amount of soul and thought. But unfortunately, there were so many missed opportunities in Dawn that I left feeling disappointed.

Tinder and Human Nature: How and Why Tinder Works

Ross A. Rosenberg | Posted 08.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ross A. Rosenberg

"Chemistry" is not just the inexplicable adrenaline-charged sensation when two would-be lovers meet. It is the igniter, the catalyst for all forms o...

The Power of a Smile

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis | Posted 07.14.2014 | Good News
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

It's pretty amazing to feel its power; I would urge you to try it. As you sit reading this, my guess would be that you are not smiling. Take a few seconds and smile. Do you feel that?

And We Are Magnificent!

Robin Korth | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

What remarkable pieces of life we human beings are. We are blood and bone -- an earthy physiology of cells conglomerated into sinew and tissue, powere...

An Anthropologist Looks at the Positive and Negative Reactions to "The First Kiss" Video

Bob Deutsch | Posted 05.18.2014 | Media
Bob Deutsch

Last week the Wren Clothing Company produced a video showing 10 separate couples -- people who were strangers to each other -- kissing for the first t...

WhatsApp, Facebook and Human Nature

Bob Deutsch | Posted 05.04.2014 | Technology
Bob Deutsch

For almost the entirety of our existence as a species, Homo sapiens have evolved and lived in small groups of less than a couple of hundred people. Facebook just acted accordingly.

From West Virginia to Wall Street, Greed Shows the Need for Tough, Smart Regulation

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.01.2014 | Business
Ian Reifowitz

For Freedom Industries, all that matters is the bottom line. Their goal, like that of too many other corporations, is to have as little interference from government as possible so that they can go about their, ahem, business, as they see fit. But it's not just West Virginia where this happens.

How to Get Over Your Fear of Taking Action

Morty Lefkoe | Posted 03.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Morty Lefkoe

Procrastination -- putting things off as long as we can -- is nothing more than the fear of taking action. And we fear taking action because of a fea...

If At First You Don't Succeed, Come Sit Next To Me

Bethany Thies | Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents
Bethany Thies

I love that most resolutions drift off, die and are not achieved. I love that, despite this, we show up... every day. We try. We resolve to try. There's nothing more hopeful than the attempt.

Obamacare: Mismanagement, But Messed Up Politics Too

Terry Newell | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Terry Newell

There is no question that the roll-out of healthcare.gov, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment website, has been a management disaster. The presi...

Nine Very Weird Ways Love Affects Our Bodies

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 06.06.2014 | Science

Have you ever been crazy in love? Blind in love? Or just downright lovesick? Scientists will tell you that those idioms actually have a basis in fact....

Can Mobile Devices Help Consumers Feel More 'Situated?'

Bob Deutsch | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Bob Deutsch

Nowadays, more often than not, we feel that we live in a world that is too fast, too competitive and too unpredictable. It's not that people don't have answers. They rightly and often don't know what questions to ask.

Important Distinctions Between Litigation and Mediation

Mark Baer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Throughout the conference, the panelists kept reiterating that what occurs in court is state specific, "locale specific," and jurist specific. In other words, results vary from judge to judge based upon the judge's biases, beliefs, assumptions and values. I think this should really scare anyone and everyone.

The Violent Life of a Crime-thriller Writer

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 12.14.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

The potential for violence lives within all of us, and I'm no exception. Violence in my novels is contrived--it's pure fiction--but reflects a core truth about human nature. It's never meant to be gratuitous, but rather serves the story.

Human Nature and Charity

Kevin Richberg | Posted 11.22.2013 | TED Weekends
Kevin Richberg

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgHuman nature is inexorably fused with any charity, no matter how it is run. And human nature's drivers of selfishness, greed, emotion, altruism, and society (the human predisposition for associated living) are biologically incapable of being removed from the equation.

My Downward Dog Is So Much Better Than Yours

Toni Nagy | Posted 09.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Toni Nagy

I made an assumption that being competitive with other people drove me to be better, but in actuality it distracted me from focusing on my own process. When I compared myself to others I wasn't honoring my own path.

Your Design Performance May Be Better Than You Think

Soren Petersen | Posted 09.10.2013 | Business
Soren Petersen

Why can't everyone else see your genius and why do the experts seldom agree with you? If you are feeling misunderstood, relax, it may just be how we humans have evolved.

The Silent History: E-lit Looks to the Future

Illya Szilak | Posted 08.31.2013 | Books
Illya Szilak

I wonder what contemporary philosopher Giorgio Agamben would make of the brilliant new novel The Silent History.

Change Our Story: Poison the River, Part 3

Peter Buffett | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Peter Buffett

You want progress? I'll give you progress --- human beings in respectful relation to themselves and the world they inhabit -- living as a part of an ecosystem. Forget tolerance. Respect.

The Joy in Life Is in Giving

Dr. Debbie Magids | Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Debbie Magids

I'm naturally a giver. But I don't take credit for it. It's not something I had to work at, it came naturally. It was imparted to me -- my legacy from my parents. I was pre-programmed to attend to the needs of others and do what I can to make them feel as good as possible.

How To Keep Our Babies Safe

Glennon Melton | Posted 06.20.2013 | Parents
Glennon Melton

Safe means that you are being your best self and living the life you've imagined even in the face of uncertainty. It means that you are being kind and brave -- to yourself and to others -- even if you are afraid. Even when you don't know what's going to happen next.

Documenting Secrets And Lives: The Web's Immortal Effect

Laura Cococcia | Posted 04.19.2013 | TED Weekends
Laura Cococcia

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIt also makes technology's powerful ability to save pieces of the recent past for us crystal clear. Who knew something as mundane as a saved voice mail could be such a simple yet profound document of life and death and love?

Noble Savages and the Nature of Human Nature

David Edmund Moody | Posted 06.16.2013 | Books
David Edmund Moody

A hundred years from now, after the dust has settled, the case of renowned anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon will surely rank high in the annals of science for the systematic persecution of scientific conclusions.

Learners Are People, Not Isolated Test-Taking Brains: Why MOOCs Both Work and Fail

Susan D. Blum | Posted 05.16.2013 | College
Susan D. Blum

MOOCs are good at certain things and terrible at others, and we need to understand the difference if we wish to educate human beings, not just workers with credentials.