The Disintegration of the Community: Why We Feel Alone Even When Surrounded By People

Do you feel like you’re a part of your local community? If your answer is “no,” you’re not defective, this is actually how many people feel today. According to sociologist Robert Putnam in his classic book Bowling Alone: The Collapse … Continue reading

The Origin of Us: Campfires As The Bedrock of Human Civilization

If you want to understand who we are as human beings, a good question to ask yourself is “Where did we come from?” And to begin to find an answer to this big and daunting question, it’s helpful to discover … Continue reading

Body Language Is More Revealing Than Words: How to Read People More Clearly

Our bodies can often be more honest than our words when it comes to communicating our thoughts, feelings, and intentions. When we choose what to say, we’re often using the executive parts of our brains (the “neocortex”). This part of … Continue reading

What Great Apes Teach Us About Emotions, Morality, and Civilization

As civilized humans, we don’t often like to think of ourselves as animals, but that is exactly what we are. When it comes to the great apes (chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans), we share over 90 percent of our genes … Continue reading

How to Escape From the Vicious Cycle of Shaming in Our Digital World

Shaming can be a double-edged sword in our society. One benefit of shaming is that it can be an effective way to regulate people’s behaviors in a relatively peaceful and nonviolent fashion. When a corporation is found doing something misleading … Continue reading