Men are polygamous, women are caring - at least if we believe evolutionary psychologists. But how much of our identity is determined by nature? And to what extent are we products of our environment?
Serious science cannot deny the importance of evolution. We are not determined by nature - but understanding our nature can provide the brightest path towards creating a world where all can see their potential realized.
In a world with confused sexual norms, evolutionary psychologists want to offer simple guidances: Men are programmed to impregnate many women, and it's in the female genome to remain faithful. It's time to dispel these misconceptions. We cannot draw on age-old reflexes to excuse present behavior.
What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.
For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using
The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.
More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the
Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.
Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.