Tag: Human Nature


Tag: Human Nature

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Articles: The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2015

By Jason Marsh, Kirra Dickinson, Kira M. Newman, Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith | December 29, 2015

The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.


Articles: Why Cynicism Can Hold You Back

By Kira M. Newman | June 11, 2015

A new study suggests that distrusting human nature can actually hurt your income. The reason why might surprise you!


Articles: How to Rebuild Trust

By Anahid Modrek | October 11, 2010

A recent study suggests that our beliefs about human nature strongly influence how trusting we are.


Articles: What Happens When Compassion Hurts?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | May 8, 2009


Articles: Born to be good

By Jeremy Adam Smith | January 13, 2009


Articles: The Birth of the Arts

By Ellen Dissanayake | December 1, 2008

Throughout our history, humans have felt compelled to make art. Ellen Dissanayake explains why.


Articles: Brain Trust

By Michael Kosfeld | September 1, 2008

Trust is not irrational or illusory, explains Michael Kosfeld. It’s a biologically-based part of human nature.

The Semai people of Malaysia have a long history of nonviolent conflict resolution.

Articles: Worlds Without War

By Douglas P. Fry | March 1, 2008

An Idea For The Greater Good


Articles: Alien Kindness

By Alex Dixon | March 1, 2008

How can scientists beam altruism into outer space?

A female chimpanzee (right) kisses a male as they reconcile after a fight. Research has found similar examples of forgiveness and reconciliation across the animal kingdom.

Articles: The Forgiveness Instinct

By Michael E. McCullough | March 1, 2008

To understand the human potential for peace, we have to learn three simple truths about forgiveness and revenge.


Articles: What makes us want to be good?

By Jason Marsh | January 16, 2008


Articles: Political Primates

By Christopher Boehm | December 1, 2007

Are humans prone to try to dominate or live harmoniously with each other? Christopher Boehm uncovers a seven-million-year-old answer.


Articles: Hope on the Battlefield

By Lt. Col. Dave Grossman | June 1, 2007

Military leaders know a secret: The vast majority of people are overwhelmingly reluctant to take a human life.


Articles: Motivating Power of the Greater Good

By Tom White | April 16, 2007


Articles: Cooperation: Humans’ Evolutionary Legacy

By Jason Marsh | March 29, 2007


Articles: Human Nature Redux, Redux

By Jason Marsh | February 21, 2007

Many of the guards in the Stanford Prison Experiment didn't speak out when they witnessed abuse by their fellow guards; nearly 30 years later, guards at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq acted in nearly the same way.

Articles: The Banality of Heroism

By Zeno Franco, Philip Zimbardo | September 1, 2006

Circumstances can force almost anyone to be a bystander to evil, but they can also bring out our own inner hero. Zeno Franco and Philip Zimbardo show how we’re all capable of everyday heroism.


Articles: Book Review: Our Inner Ape

By Jill Suttie | March 1, 2006

By Frans de Waal
Riverhead, 2005, 288 pages


Articles: Edible Ethics

By Jason Marsh | March 1, 2006

An Interview with Michael Pollan


Articles: Right and Wrong in the Real World

By Joshua Halberstam | March 1, 2006

From our friendships to our jobs to our conduct in public, seemingly small decisions often pose tough ethical dilemmas, says Joshua Halberstam. He offers guidance for navigating the ethical dimension of everyday life.


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