People who are motivated by rewards tend to be the ones who win at games—even when the reward has been removed.
Jerry Fodor and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini argue that new genetic discoveries reveal a flaw in Darwin's fundamental argument of evolution by natural selection.
Neil Simon "does not think against society; he thinks with it, observing and recording the sorrows and deliriums of the middle class, like a sort of swami of tsuris," writes John Lahr.
Wine grapes are extraordinarily temperature-sensitive, and as global warming intensifies the “premium-wine-grape production area [in the United States] … could decline by up to 81 percent."
The Army is seeking proposals for a sophisticated human scent detection system that could “uniquely identify an individual,” at a geographical distance, or after several hours or even days.
Researchers have discovered a deep-ocean current carrying frigid water rapidly northward from Antarctica along the edge of a giant underwater plateau. They call it a climate change "fast lane."
Hoarders have "a sense of intense responsibility for objects and an unwillingness to waste them," says Randy Frost. They also have an ability to find beauty in things that other people might not appreciate.
Politicians and military brass warn that America's poor diets and lack of exercise have now become a danger to homeland security. Daniel Engber says this argument is "hogwash."
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has amassed a $12 million fortune in the past year. She is "a singular national industry," writes Gabriel Sherman.
Scientists have gotten a better understanding of the molecular mechanism by which humans sense temperature. The findings could lead to new therapies for acute or chronic pain.
"Too much debt is always dangerous," write Paul Krugman and Robin Wells. It's dangerous when the government is borrowing from foreign governments, as well as when it does from its own citizens.
A new biography of writer Irène Némirovsky, author of "Suite Française," rejects the idea that the Jewish author, eventually killed by the Nazis, was anti-Semitic.
"With all the uncertainty and anxiety these days over landing a job with a steady paycheck, more job seekers are finding it harder to resist fudging on a résumé or job application," writes Anna Prior.
"The need for Americans to enter the arena has never been greater," write Bob and Elizabeth Dole. They write in favor of Theodore Roosevelt's idea of "robust citizenship."
Social Darwinism, or destructive competition as a means of maintaining society, is an ethically bankrupt ideology and one the U.S. must abandon to remain competitive.