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Why Aren't We All Happy Polygamists?

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Modern culture is intrinsically polygamist.  The culture of sexual choice is precisely nothing but polygamy, polygamy without marriage, if you will.  We live in a culture of multiple sexual and romantic and marital partners. According to the biologist's view, if we are indeed inherently ...

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Why Thinking about Eating is Taboo

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The reason that eating and everything that involves is taboo is that it’s something we have in common with animals.  I think that human beings don’t like to be reminded that they, too, are just organisms – big sacks of guts that are chewing and swallowing and processing and excreting.   I think ...

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Antibiotics for Back Pain

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It sounds preposterous: antibiotics for back pain? What on earth could antibiotics possibly do for back pain? Then again, it sounded preposterous when Barry J. Marshall and J. Robin Warren said, back in 1984, that peptic ulcers were the result of bacterial infection (and could therefore be ...

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Why We Evolved as Meme Machines

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People are wired for lots of things.  We’re wired for novelty.  We’re wired for humor. We’re wired for new pieces of information that surprise us in some way or add value to our lives. We’re wired for fear.  Sometimes something scares us or seems like a threat.  We want to spread it on so other ...

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Is This An Exercise of Free Will?

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We might think that what drives behavior is individual will.  And in fact, 105 years ago, we thought that the reason people got communicable diseases was because they had some moral failing.  And in fact, what we need to emphasize is that there is a combined responsibility. Individuals, if they ...

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A New Lunch Option: Hitting The Dance Floor

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over 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? Workers looking for a change of pace at lunchtime might want to take advantage of several new  midday dance parties popping up at different places around New York and other major cities. Food takes a distant back seat to music at Lunch Break, a free event sponsored ...

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Treating ADHD, Naturally

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A study conducted by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention revealed that in 2011, 6.4 million children within the ages of 4-17 had been diagnosed with ADHD at some point in their lives. More often than not, doctors prescribe psychotropic drugs, such as Ritalin or Adderall, to combat the ...

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A Guide to Ethical Innovation

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When we are on a cutting edge issue as a society, when you think about reproducing and whether you are going to genetically modify your offspring, when you think about modifying yourself and whether it’s okay to take an attention-enhancing drug. You’re involved in the conversation about ethics. We ...