Trivers’s ingenious conception of parent-offspring conflict proposes that parents will want to invest equally in all their children (since they are all equally genetically related to the parent), while siblings will each try to get more of their parents’ investment, to the disadvantage of their brothers and sisters.
Spring is arriving earlier because of global warming, but global warming is not going to change day-lengths, which are controlled by the Earth’s orbit. And so the life cycles of species that respond to temperature become uncoupled from those that respond to day-length.
Democracy has come to mean little more than electing politicians on the basis of their promises, then watching them fail to keep them.
The abundance of conditions supposedly caused by psychosocial stress is enough to raise alarm bells in a critical, scientific enquirer.
While governments regularly decry terrorism as ineffective, the terrorists themselves have an abiding faith in their violence, and for good reason. Theirs is a trade and they learn it from one other.
Longevity alone shouldn’t be the marker of a happy, healthy marriage.
My home is not a residence but a cash machine to which only I have the PIN.
I want to challenge this consensus, but not in the way you might predict.
Academics assume an advanced knowledge of philosophy.
In the quest to learn whether we are alone in the cosmos, astronomers are teasing out subtle wobbles and periodic dimmings of distant stars.
This small change in perspective can clear your emotional fog, allowing you to see past your biases.
I study toxicology: I look at the effects of substances on living organisms.
However solitary the power of an authoritarian leader might seem, dictators never rule alone. And mass protests alone are never enough.
Hypersane people are calm, contained and constructive.
The upper echelons of society bathe in a sea of honours, awards and celebrity.
Is it the same river from moment to moment – the water flowing over my foot spills toward the ocean while new waters join the river at its source – and am I the same person?