Humans

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A cursory glance back through human history should be enough to convince anybody that our species is in love with hate. In the opinion of anthropologist R. Brian Ferguson, this doesn’t mean we have good reason to think large scale social conflict is in our genes.   War isn’t in our nature, he argues. But
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Stupid people tend to overestimate their competence, while smart people tend to sell themselves short. As Shakespeare put it in As You Like It: “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”   That conventional wisdom is backed up by a Cornell University study conducted by social psychologists
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Another week, another round of great achievements in science – from discovering the oldest figurative cave art we’ve ever seen, to gazing out into the Universe, there is always something new to learn about our world and beyond.   Below you’ll find our weekly round-up of last week’s science discoveries in a convenient picture you
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Explaining consciousness is one of the hardest problems in science and philosophy. Recent neuroscientific discoveries suggest that a solution could be within reach – but grasping it will mean rethinking some familiar ideas.   Consciousness, I argue in a new paper, may be caused by the way the brain generates loops of energetic feedback, similar