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Are some types of people just a necessary evil?

According to an intriguing body of research by psychologists Paul Piff, Dacher Keltner and their collaborators, the higher someone’s social class, or the greater their wealth, the more unethical their behaviour is likely to be. For example, people who drove … Continue reading

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Our most important sense

What is our most important sense? When I’ve asked this question of others, I’ve often got the answer: “well, I wouldn’t want to lose my sense of sight”. And I agree. I wouldn’t want to lose my sense of sight … Continue reading

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Is doubt essential to faith?

Doesn’t all faith begin with doubt? In science as in religion, we often arrive at the answers starting from uncertainty. Often, the most ardent defenders of a belief are the people who’ve arrived at some conclusion themselves rather than just … Continue reading

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What does analytical scrutiny teach us about compassion?

Dr Attia is a surgeon who heads up a group of researchers investigating the causes of obesity and diabetes. In this TED Talk, he questions whether some of the complications we see in obesity could actually be the triggers. More … Continue reading

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Darwin vs. technology: are science and engineering altering the evolution of the human race?

Classic evolutionary theory holds that genes are passed from one generation to the next. Some genes confer certain advantages on the host, and holders of these genes go on to flourish. Other genes may be detrimental, and holders of these … Continue reading

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