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Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD
Our genes, brain, and psychology all conspire to generate inequality in our highly developed societies. But it wasn't always so. When and why has inequality become so entrenched?
In the past, cooperation for mutual benefit was so biologically advantageous that it was hard-wired in the brain, but politics may have changed the rules of the game.
What makes humans exceptional animals? Turns out we have an area of the brain that is not found in other animals and may be the basis for our ability to plan.
In ancient literature, the sea and sky were described as anything but blue, perhaps because it was not as important to them as black, white, and red.
There is still a big gap in our knowledge between fixation of memories in the brain and fixed political views, but we know when experiences are embedded in long-term memory, thick protein bridges between the neurons "solidify" the circuits.
Music and dance are uniquely human activities that have accompanied human evolution since we became full-fledged social animals.
It's easy to understand the power of Facebook: Memories are reinforced by repetition and forgetting is induced when messages come from outside of your tribe.
Vitamin B12's metabolic reach includes DNA synthesis, hemoglobin production, & nerve function. Perhaps that's why body stores are huge relative to daily intake.
The discoveries of this year's Nobel Prize winners paves the way for the development of therapeutics that could provide benefit to billions of people.
In a viral memo from Google's Ideological Echo Chamber, James Damore lists personality differences that he says explain why women are less adept than men at software engineering.
Most people understand the primacy of scientific facts in ordering our personal and public life, but a more primal imperative, tribalism, often wins out.
Our brains are hard-wired to be social because of its survival value, so how does the 'me first' philosophy of libertarianism mesh with our biology?