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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.
After being hit by a truck and critically injured, Vicki learned that the power of love and goodness from strangers can change your life in unexpected ways.
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.
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?
How working as a phlebotomist turned out to be good preparation for medical school.
Children with Non-Verbal Learning Disability are usually more advanced in language than any other area but they have a deficit in visual-spatial processing.
Thirty-seven years after Darwin published his masterpiece, On the Origin of Species, we have a plausible explanation of how the environment can generate heritable behavior.
A large part of the brain, the DMN system, lights up when political beliefs are challenged. It may be responsible for visceral responses to such challenges.
The underlying factors that govern our health and longevity are not merely cheerfulness vs. moroseness, they are positive vs. negative attitudes, compassion vs. hostility, love vs. hate.