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Human Nature

The Conquest of Nature

Lewis Lapham | Posted 05.12.2013 | Green
Lewis Lapham

Over the course of the last two centuries, animals have become all but invisible in the American scheme of things, drummed out of the society of their myth-making companions, gone from the rural as well as the urban landscape.

Taking Responsibility Is a Key for Doing the Right Thing

Jerry Burger | Posted 05.11.2013 | TED Weekends
Jerry Burger

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoMany of the ethical missteps we see in everyday life are made possible when we assign blame to other people ("The cashier gave me too much change, I didn't make her do it").

There's a Prison Guard In Each Of Us

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.08.2013 | TED Weekends
Peter A. Georgescu

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoAs a child in Romania, I watched the Communist authorities come into our house and pull my grandfather from my grandmother's arms -- taking him to a prison where he was eventually kicked to death by a guard.

Life, Oversimplified

Sam Sommers | Posted 03.08.2013 | TED Weekends
Sam Sommers

We may gravitate toward a world view based on stable personality type -- one populated by unambiguously good and bad apples -- but we don't know people as well as we think we do.

Is Monogamy Natural?

Stefanie Iris Weiss | Posted 12.05.2012 | Women
Stefanie Iris Weiss

After five, seven, or seventeen years, rest assured your wandering eye does not make you a bad person. It makes you human -- it makes you a woman.

The End of Cities: The Coming 'Great Rural Migration'

Stephen Estes | Posted 11.26.2012 | Los Angeles
Stephen Estes

If the benefits of living in a city are diminished because the Internet brings access to the world to you, then why deal with the high real estate prices, traffic, crime, pollution and difficulty of living alongside millions of other people?

Good and Bad

Waldo Mellon | Posted 10.23.2012 | Comedy
Waldo Mellon

My husband and I have had a running argument and we've agreed to consult you as the final arbiter. I contend that people are basically good. My husband contends that people are basically bad. Who wins?

'Ruby Sparks' Reminded Me That Persuasion Marketing Sucks

Karen Leland | Posted 10.20.2012 | Small Business
Karen Leland

Old-school marketing was about persuading clients, pushing them as to why they should hire you or buy your product. New-style marketing is about inspiring potential customers to come out and play, pulling them toward you -- of their own free will.

Global Warming and the Meaning of Doom

Deepak Chopra | Posted 10.13.2012 | Green
Deepak Chopra

When resources become skimpy, human beings don't suddenly cooperate to conserve what's left. They fight to the last scrap for possession of a diminishing resource. We also know that man-made catastrophes that hurt everyone, such as war, don't come to an end even though peace benefits everyone.

Star Forking

Felice Shapiro | Posted 09.24.2012 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

SPECIAL FROM BetterAfter50 The other night, I was dining at State Road, one of my favorite Martha's Vineyard restaurants. It's such a popular place ...

What's in It for Me?

Irene Tanner | Posted 09.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Irene Tanner

Altruism is a lofty aspiration. The do-gooders of the world are widely revered for their pureness of heart, selflessness and generosity. Could it be that they have an ulterior motive? Even if their reward is simply to feel good about themselves?

Christianity And Homosexuality: Conversations In Africa

Karen Torjesen | Posted 09.06.2012 | Religion
Karen Torjesen

I don't remember when the conversation turned to the issue of homosexuality, but I was deeply impressed with how it was conducted. What I witnessed was how a community works.

How Do We Handle Pain? What Inspires Us? Dan Ariely Explores Human Nature (VIDEO)

Posted 08.20.2012 | Healthy Living

In this episode of Good Life Project TV, author/entrepreneur, Jonathan Fields, interviews famed psychologist, behavioral-economist and bestselling...

Sex and Race Might Not Be What You Think: Two Things You Need to Know About Human Nature

Agustín Fuentes | Posted 07.16.2012 | Science
Agustín Fuentes

Why should we care that myths of race and sex are so resilient, in spite of their inaccuracy? Because they matter in our daily lives.

Voice of the Hidden Waterfall

Tamsin Smith | Posted 07.07.2012 | Home
Tamsin Smith

When I hear Morten Lauridsen's choral composition, I sense a boundless beauty and tenderness within the nature of humankind. Here, there is no place for evil. Perhaps his music is even the wind that would bend us to be better.

Wealth School: Making the Most of Your Resources (VIDEO)

Anne Naylor | Posted 06.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Anne Naylor

The human spirit within you is a primary resource you can tap into to find your way through your difficulties and into the life you truly want to create, experience and fulfill.

Becoming a Natural Mom, Eagle Style

Sherri Edwards | Posted 06.18.2012 | Parents
Sherri Edwards

Have you noticed lately that some celebrity moms are taking mothering to a new level?

Storied Nature Of Human Nature

William Grassie | Posted 05.15.2012 | Religion
William Grassie

By my rough estimation, we spend perhaps 50 percent or more of our waking hours in storytelling. Humans make stories but, in some sense, we are also made by our stories.

When It Comes To Attraction, Context Matters

Sam Sommers | Posted 04.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Sam Sommers

What makes someone attractive to you? Specific physical features? A particular personality type? A certain indefinable quality of character or depth of soul? All reasonable answers, sure, but there's another critical influence on who you're attracted to: context.

What You Don't Know About People

Sam Sommers | Posted 02.29.2012 | Home
Sam Sommers

You've been lied to. Or, at the very least, misled. It's simply not true that everything you need to know about life you learned in Kindergarten.

The Science of Seinfeld

Sam Sommers | Posted 02.11.2012 | Entertainment
Sam Sommers

Far from a "show about nothing," Seinfeld was actually an analysis of the ins and outs of daily human interaction-of the mundane social experiences previously not deemed worthy of exploration in front of a mass audience.

'Tis the Season to Notice Situations

Sam Sommers | Posted 01.30.2012 | Books
Sam Sommers

While we tend to view ourselves and others around us in terms of predictably consistent personality types, time and time again behavioral science demonstrates that how we think and what we do varies dramatically by simple situational considerations like where we are.

Novak Djokovic and the Crowd Whisperer of the U.S. Open

Sam Sommers | Posted 11.07.2011 | Sports
Sam Sommers

A video has been making the internet rounds showing tennis star Novak Djokovic dancing himself silly after a victory at the U.S. Open, but Djokovic's impromptu dance performance wasn't actually impromptu.

The #1 Way To Disarm Your Ex

J. Richard Kulerski | Posted 11.06.2011 | Divorce
J. Richard Kulerski

I have practiced divorce law for 48 years. I've worked with and against just about every type of divorcing spouse imaginable: unreasonable, practical,...

It's in Our Nature to Blame Mother Nature

Charlie Carillo | Posted 10.29.2011 | New York
Charlie Carillo

Mother Nature took it on the chin for this past weekend's hurricane (or hurricane-ette, as it turned out for many New York City residents.)