Why Are "Cougars" Multiplying? Where Is It the Norm for Men to Have Sex With Men?

We accept the evolutionary explanation as to why older men tend to seek younger, more fertile women; but recently there has been an increase in "cougars," older women pairing with younger men. How does that trend serve our species? In his Big Think interview, Ted Fischer ponders this and other mysteries of evolution, sex, and love.

He explains that love's purpose, at least historically, has been to ensure that we bear and raise children successfully. And while that human instinct is universal across cultures, how we form family bonds differs around the world. The men of the Sambia tribe of New Guinea establish intimate relationships with one another before becoming paired with a wife. And in modern Western society, emphasis on independent sexual attraction, rather than familial influence, instigates love. Like the village matchmakers of old, however, new algorithms used by Internet dating sites attempt to calculate successful pairings.

Love, it seems, is an ever-evolving thing.

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

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Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

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What’s behind our appetite for self-destruction?

Is it "perverseness," the "death drive," or something else?

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Each new year, people vow to put an end to self-destructive habits like smoking, overeating or overspending.

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Can the keto diet help treat depression? Here’s what the science says so far

A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.

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  • The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
  • Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
  • Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
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Douglas Rushkoff – It’s not the technology’s fault

It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.

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  • It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
  • Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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