Human Society Needs Corruption
It does seem that a certain amount of corruption is needed to make human society work. The basic truths that hold society together aren't always pleasant to hear.
For as long as people have organized themselves into groups with powerful leaders, those leaders have sometimes abused their power. But evolutionary biologists say corruption might actually be holding societies together. Of course, this doesn't have to mean corruption is a good thing, or that the current levels of it are anywhere close to the relatively low levels of corruption people are supposed to find acceptable. But it does seem that a certain amount of corruption is needed to make human society work. That's one of the problems with evolutionary psychology - the basic truths that hold society together aren't always pleasant to hear.
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
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- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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