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Does Killing and Domination Make Us Smarter?

Mark Chasan | Posted 08.15.2014 | World
Mark Chasan

The domination, killing, destruction, increased work and effort of modern society are not the hallmarks of intelligence, but rather stupidity. How can we use the 10% of our mental capacity more intelligently and effectively? Here are a few ideas:

Why Is It So Hard to Be Healthy?

Carissa Lada | Posted 08.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Carissa Lada

What did you eat for breakfast this morning? Did you have a bagel or maybe one of those creamy cheese danishes to help you start your day? Did you t...

Restoring the Playground

Gwen Gordon | Posted 02.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Gwen Gordon

My dog Macy is normally a pretty happy-go-lucky mutt. On our daily walks she greets every stranger like they're her long lost buddy -- all wags and ki...

Our Foraging Ancestors Were Not Particularly War-like

Rob Brooks | Posted 10.01.2013 | Science
Rob Brooks

Few subjects more predictably animate furious disagreement and cross-purposes discussion than the origins of human warfare. Are people "naturally" belligerent? And what does that even mean? The question taps a deep old well of ideological intuition.

Everyone Should Experience the Joy of Coding

John Pavley | Posted 10.10.2013 | Technology
John Pavley

As a society we talk about outsourcing, downsizing, and retraining but not specifically how important is for everyone everywhere to learn some coding skills. The world as a whole is barreling down a path where those who know how to code will own those who don't.

Ending Hunger Starts With Women

Birute Regine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Birute Regine

Because women still face so many inequalities and don't have access to as many resources, they suffer the greatest burden. But with this challenge comes an opportunity.

What I Believe (about Markets and Morals): A Reply to Jerry Coyne & My Critics

Michael Shermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Michael Shermer

In his endearingly titled blog, "Michael, we hardly knew ye," the venerable evolutionary biologist and slayer of creationist dragons Jerry Coyne (auth...

Jon Stewart Author Interview: Spencer Wells On The Costs Of Civilization (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Geneticist Spencer Wells spoke to Jon Stewart last night about his new book, "Pandora's Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization." He explained that,...