Humans are naturally prosocial. But we need to address our underlying power structures and rethink our policy actions.
Policies and abusive practices against local people in Africa mirror the colonial experiences of their forebears.
How can we leverage what we know to attenuate and adapt to climate change catastrophes?
Maintaining optimism in the face of what is an overwhelming climate crisis is absolutely necessary, even vital.
What can we do, from an evolutionary psychological perspective, to use our hunger for status for a better climate?
“You will die of old age. I will die from climate change.” - Greta Thunberg
Climate change is the quintessential Tragedy of the Commons problem of our time. But there are cultural strategies that may offer solutions.
How can we turn around this trajectory towards a catastrophic future?
Fossil fuel companies have an incentive to prevent policies that would keep them from selling their assets. We should not be surprised, therefore, that these companies have taken steps to prevent such an outcome.
The theory of major transitions provides an all-encompassing framework to explore both the opportunities and challenges facing humanity in the Internet Age.
The architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry has the ability to mindfully orchestrate the direction our built environments push us with regards to climate change, occupant wellbeing, and the evolution of life on this planet. But it requires we construct our “niches” in a manner that consistently provides environments aligned with our individual and group level needs, including long term needs associated with social stability and environmental sustainability.
Human behaviors, the physical objects we create and use, as well as their associated intellectual traditions are part of our collective toolkit for adapting to the larger social/cultural and physical environments we live within.
The concept of niche construction stresses a dialectical relationship between organisms and their environments, rather than one being passively shaped by the other. It has deep roots in evolutionary thought but only now is resulting in a systematic research program. Join Gordon Burghardt and Kevin Laland as they take a deep dive into the subject.
How our deep evolutionary past still shapes our modern tastes, desires, and aversions.
Public participation in science, or citizen science, is finding a foothold in all branches of science.
Our Stone Age brains never had or needed a way to process written symbolic language.
Humans are creating totally new environments compared to what animals have seen in evolutionary history.
Our apparent dominance over evolutionary forces as an absolute victory seems as out of touch as a dancing killer whale in a swimming pool. At the very least, we should stop pretending that living the way we do now is ‘normal’ for humans, just as we are starting to realize that there’s nothing normal about an orca living among strangers in a pool and forced to do ridiculous tricks in front of thousands of screaming kids to get food.
Given that digital information is more central than ever, it's worrisome that the history of data security is littered with failure.
To understand why the border will never be secure, and why it doesn’t matter anyway, we have to turn to other voices.
Recent projects that exemplify an emerging revolution in how we interact with and understand a dynamic and complex planet.
Even the best of us are horrible at predicting the future.
Two studies have uncovered two intriguing human adaptive traits.
Studies of dolphins, primates and humans show the reason we choose the companions we do is more complex, and perhaps less honorable, than we might think.
Recreation may look like it serves no obvious purpose, but when dogs and other animals are having fun they are learning some valuable lessons.
Key mental developments within the human lineage may have been linked with a highly variable environment.
The symbiotic relationship between Obama and Christie and in nature.
We haven’t evolved to be successful in the modern world.
"Is evolution predictable? To a surprising extent the answer is yes."
"We damn near went extinct."
Without integrating evolution, we can’t design a society interconnected with ecology and we won’t restore the natural world.
Drug-producing plants easier to spot with a knowledge of evolutionary history.
Can examining how inequality began in a hunter-gatherer society teach us how to fairly share the costs and consequences of how we use diminishing natural resources?
Are you an idealist or a pragmatist when it comes to conversation?
my advice to those idealistic students after my own tortured career in interdisciplinary environmental science.
A new study provides some of the first empirical evidence that island biodiversity really is different from that of the mainland.
Creating the future today.
Real conservation seems more like a scary and unpredictable black market.
Fracking, low birth weights and the scientific process.
What we need is a plant able to produce more with a given amount of water.
Given the tension between our evolved tribalism and the global collective action problem of managing our planet, how can we hope to avoid the climate tipping point?
Heartwarming story of gorillas dismantling poachers traps.
adaptability, symbiosis, and the water crisis (or is it the “coming water opportunity?”).
Is our increasing physical isolation from nature, and from one another, causing us to exhibit “stable vices”?
Once a tract of tropical forest has been cleared, sloths have relatively little capacity to seek out new habitats.
"The cause of the decline in the penguin population is man," said bird veterinarian Paula Arce. "And of its eggs ... That could be the rats."