Unsocial Sociability: Why People Cooperate and Defect

Human beings are tough to predict because our social dynamics are vastly different from other animals. Some animals, like wolves, must function in packs; a so-called “lone wolf” would in most circumstances perish. Others, like tigers, are solitary, so that they do not need to compete with other members of their species for resources; a…

Xenophobia Will Actually Impede Human Evolution

I relish the ability to relate biology to other fields in these posts, but it’s not often that I find meaningful and relevant reasons to do so. Today is different. Having done some interesting reading this past weekend, I’ve come to realize that, politics aside, xenophobia is fundamentally bad because it actually creates evolutionary disadvantages,…