On Culture

"We realized that the version of the world they rendered for us was not the world they really believed in... for all their... bitching about crabgrass, they didn't give a damn about lawns."
- Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides

Culture is the production of anything beyond ourselves. Ideas, constructions, art, music: our expressions of the human experience. It's beautiful, but also these expressions constrain us. This collection is about those expressions and those constraints.

A narrative of 'grit'


Genetics is nurture


Your personality doesn't belong to you


Elemental Personalities


Female zealots


How we choose our psychic predators


Things to be worried about: hydraulic despotism


The true meaning of family ties


The loneliness epidemic


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Teenage brains aren't undeveloped, they're just doing something else


Zone of Proximal Development


Why people lie to you (and you let them)


Annoying media trends explained by the propaganda model of Herman and Chompsky


Chompsky's 'Manufacturing Consent' explains everything that's ever pissed you off about the news


The absurd artificial divide that's making money off racism


We're setting goals wrong, we're missing the point, and it's troubling


Who was Plato and Why Should We Care


On attraction and love


The three reasons why everyone is so 'cliquey'


Attractiveness might be more about the environment, than about you


Sexual Attraction - What turns us on in others?


Why polygamy might be more natural than you thought


Four models of psychopathology (all of which are problematic)


Academic publishers - the biggest evil you didn't know existed


How reading (good) non-fiction books builds your empathy


The three aspects of the unique human experience


Useful stereotypes


Children strike back - Bobo doll experiments


Why do we speak in tongues


Do you believe in destiny? Or growth? The rules that govern relationships


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