Evolution of lying
(Phys.org) —Ultimately, our ability to convincingly lie to each other may have evolved as a direct result of our cooperative nature.
Experimental philosophy opens new avenues into old questions
Philosophers have argued for centuries, millennia actually, about whether our lives are guided by our own free will or are predetermined as the result of a continuous chain of events over which we have no control.
Labor union decline, not computerization, main cause of rising corporate profits
A new study suggests that the decline of labor unions, partly as an outcome of computerization, is the main reason why U.S. corporate profits have surged as a share of national income while workers' wages and other compensation ...
Khan Academy aims to reinvent education through video (w/ video)
Could Porn Be Good For Society?
Mapping the future: Reports tackle issues, concerns involving strengthening the humanities in a scientific age
After 18 months of quiet effort, a committee of scholars from within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) released a set of three reports this week on teaching the arts and humanities at Harvard College. ...
Upper class people more likely to cheat: study
The upper class has a higher propensity for unethical behavior, being more likely to believe as did Gordon Gekko in the movie "Wall Street" that "greed is good," according to a new study from ...
Information sharing interferes with 'wisdom of crowds': study
Facing a judge? Study says go early or after lunch
If you have to face a judge, try for first thing in the morning or right after lunch. A new study suggests that's when they're most lenient.
People behave socially and 'well' even without rules: study
Fundamentally people behave in a social and rather compassionate and "good" way rather than aggressively, even without specified rules. That is the result of a study from the Institute for Science of Complex Systems at the ...
Fewer willing to participate in surveys
The percentage of respondents to many important research surveys is dropping sharply. Social science researchers are concerned that survey samples can be skewed, which can compromise the validity of results.
Computerized 'Rosetta Stone' reconstructs ancient languages
University of British Columbia and Berkeley researchers have used a sophisticated new computer system to quickly reconstruct protolanguages – the rudimentary ancient tongues from which modern languages evolved.
Study shows disorder may cause an increase stereotyping
Want to move up at work? Be a true believer
New research is tweaking an old adage about how to get ahead in a competitive workplace: It's not just who you know, but what you believe in.