Listen to this fascinating interview with Keith Stanovich, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Toronto, and the author of the book, The Robot’s Rebellion. Stanovich starts by assuming that Richard Dawkins is correct in his universal Darwinian view of human psychology – that humans are vehicles for self-replicating genes and self-replicating memes, and that Read more…

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Yesterday, 150 years ago, two papers were read out at the Linnean Society in London, one by Alfred Russell Wallace and the other by Charles Darwin, which first laid out to the world Darwin’s theory of natural selection. Darwin’s theory continues to have a profound influence on psychology, via the increasingly dominant theory of Evolutionary Read more…

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The best way to understand the present is to read science fiction. Only sci-fi writers are dreaming far enough into the future to tell us where we are in the present. The news increasingly reads like science fiction. In South Korea, a company called RNL Bio received the first-ever commercial order for cloning. An American Read more…

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A new study by Doctor Paul Keedwell of the Institute of Psychiatry suggests that depression might not be as much of a bummer as we think. Keedwell points out that the depressive gene must have some evolutionary benefits to have survived this long. “I have received e-mails from ex-sufferers saying in retrospect it probably did Read more…

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