Shouldn't mutually consenting adults be allowed to make these decisions for themselves?
Even the most controversial research conducted by scholars can impact cultures and drive progress.
- Academic freedom is, at the same time, absolutely critical and underappreciated.
- This protection drives innovation and progress, but do we take it for granted? Scholars' ability to conduct controversial research impacts culture and society in a positive way.
- The opinions expressed in this video do not necessarily reflect the views of the Charles Koch Foundation, which encourages the expression of diverse viewpoints within a culture of civil discourse and mutual respect.
People think about breaking up more when they look outside their relationship for psychological fulfillment
Are your psychological needs being met?
As humans we all have psychological needs that we are driven to fulfill, be they companionship or safety, a sense of belonging or personal growth. And we often meet these needs through our relationships with others: They care for us, make us feel secure, and help us develop as individuals.
To know your relationship's fate, the ups and downs may matter more than its quality at one specific moment.
Is he or she the one? You know… the one to introduce to my parents, the one to move in with, the one to start a family with, the one to marry? At some point in every dating relationship, you ask yourself some version of these questions.
In Talking to Strangers, Malcolm Gladwell discusses the concept of coupling.
- In his latest book, Malcolm Gladwell writes about the importance of environment in human behavior.
- While your actions change when you drink alcohol, they're also tied into your surroundings.
- Timothy Leary had a similar notion of "set and setting" that he applied to psychedelics.
As the American loneliness epidemic reaches alarming new heights, one artist theorizes on what connection might look like in the future.
- The Compression Carpet is a machine created by Los Angeles-based artist Lucy McRae that simulates a hug to a person craving intimacy.
- Research indicates that nearly half of Americans lack daily meaningful interpersonal interactions with a friend or family member. This loneliness epidemic is accompanied by a touch crisis.
- McRae's art and neuroscience suggest that it is affectionate touch that we are deprived of in our increasingly touch-phobic society. New sensory technology seeks to solve this problem.
Can a shift in the way we treat death and dying improve our lives while we're still here?
- These days, for the most part, the concept of death is consumed by health care and medicine.
- However, as humans we need to view death as more than just a medical event. It takes into account our psychology, spirituality, philosophy, social worlds, and personal lives.
- This reconsideration should also apply to the way we treat people who are dying. Life is in the senses, not just our physical capabilities.