Famed primatologist Frans de Waal takes on the unproven assumption that apes and humans are natural-born killers.
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Articles: Four Ways Music Strengthens Social BondsBy Jill Suttie | January 15, 2015
Why would human evolution have given us music? New research says the answer may lie in our drive to connect.
Articles: The Social ArtistBy Jill Suttie | September 23, 2014
A new book argues that creativity can be—and often is—a social endeavor, rather than the work of a lone genius.
Articles: How to Foster Empathy for ImmigrantsBy Jeremy Adam Smith | August 6, 2014
Why did a group of fourth graders rally in support of an undocumented classmate while the citizens of Murrieta, California, tried to stop immigrant children from entering their town?
Articles: What’s the Truth about Trust?By Jill Suttie | May 21, 2014
A new book says that trustworthiness is a moving target, dependent on our moods, circumstances, and competing needs.
Parent donations can widen inequities between public schools. What can we do to motivate affluent parents to charitably support all schools, not just their own?
Articles: Our Favorite Books of 2013By Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith, Jason Marsh | December 16, 2013
Greater Good's editors pick the most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books published this year on the science of a meaningful life.
Articles: How to Close the Gap Between Us and ThemBy Jill Suttie | November 7, 2013
A Q&A with Moral Tribes author Joshua Greene about emotion, reason, and conflict.
Articles: The Cooperative InstinctBy Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | September 21, 2012
A new study finds that our first, quickest impulse is to cooperate, not compete.
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Articles: Urban EvolutionBy Jill Suttie | November 4, 2011
A review of David Sloan Wilson's The Neighborhood Project: Using Evolution to Improve My City, One Block at a Time.
Articles: Steven Pinker’s War and Peace, AbridgedBy Steven Pinker | October 20, 2011
If you're curious about Steven Pinker's massive new book, check out this Greater Good essay for a distilled version.
Articles: Steven Pinker’s History of (Non)ViolenceBy Jason Marsh | October 19, 2011
The psychologist's latest book, The Better Angels of Our Nature, is essential reading for any reader of Greater Good.
A new movement helps people save money and make friends. Could it help build a more cooperative society along the way?
Articles: Debunking the Myth of Human SelfishnessBy Pelin Kesebir | September 13, 2011
Two new books explore the far-reaching science of cooperation.
A recent study suggests how teachers can promote kindness in the classroom, not competition.
Videos and Podcasts: Paul Bloom on Sex, George Clooney, and Other PleasuresBy The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley | August 10, 2011
The author of How Pleasure Works explains why we do good and how to find true happiness.
Paul Bloom discusses how the psychology of pleasure can explain what we like and why we do good--part of Greater Good's podcast series.
Recent research backs up Friedrich Nietzsche.
Education reform efforts often undermine trust in schools, but research points to another way.
A new book applies science to figuring out how to build a place where people actually look forward to work.
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Frans de Waal—one of Discover’s 47 Great Minds of Science—reviews expressions of empathy and the sense of fairness in animals.
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Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
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