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.

In this collection:

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On attraction and love

March 13, 2020 by Dorian Minors

Much is written on the subject of attractiveness. It has become synonymous with beauty. Attractive celebrities, attractive influencers, attractive art. And through this myopic lens, attraction becomes something ugly. Something that people have or do not have. Something to be jealous of. Something to be torn down. But it doesn't have to be. It can actually be something very beautiful indeed.

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The three reasons why everyone is so 'cliquey'

November 5, 2018 by Dorian Minors

The psychology of cliques has a pretty stereotypical pattern. It's been well-described since the 80's. There are three phases, and often they end in collapse.

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Attractiveness might be more about the environment, than about you cover image

Attractiveness might be more about the environment, than about you

August 23, 2018 by Dorian Minors

There are a number of things that occur naturally in our environment that can alter the attraction we feel for people. These things might seem small, but they have an outsize influence on our preferences for people.

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Sexual Attraction - What turns us on in others? cover image

Sexual Attraction - What turns us on in others?

March 20, 2018 by Dorian Minors

Evolutionary psychologists have a perspective on sexual attraction that is discomfiting, but revealing.

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Why polygamy might be more natural than you thought

March 8, 2017 by Dorian Minors

Most theories of relationships centre on the idea that humans are well-suited for, and biologically disposed toward forming 'pair-bonds'. But these traditional anthropological and evolutionary perspectives on sex are facing a growing threat from a more recent contender. The idea that human promiscuity is our natural state and community-style lovin' better explains the state of our modern sexuality.

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Why do we speak in tongues

February 20, 2015 by Dorian Minors

Why do we speak in tongues? What drives people to speak what seems to be a different language, God or something else? Here we engage with the most convincing psychology behind the phenomenon.

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

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

August 29, 2014 by Dorian Minors

Relationships are governed by 'rules' that determine how we act, and how we expect others to act towards us. These invisible rules form part of any relationship and to navigate them, we have to first understand them.

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