Did Human Sacrifice Help People Form Complex Societies?
The debate over how well ritual killings maintained social order.
Evolution of Religion
Scientific Study of Religion
Why Human Society Isn’t More — or Less—Violent Than in the Past
As populations scale up, the proportion of people killed in battle scales down, suggesting we’re no more or less violent than our forebears who lived in smaller societies.
The Root of All Cruelty?
Perpetrators of violence, we’re told, dehumanize their victims. The truth is worse.
The New Yorker
Scientists Battle Over Whether Violence Has Declined Over Time
Study of wartime deaths suggests that larger populations remain violent but find safety in numbers.
Our Enemies Are Human. That’s Why We Want to Kill Them
To understand why one person would actively desire to inflict suffering upon another, we have to look to a counterintuitive source: human morality.
What Science Tells Us About Good and Evil
After a killing and a violent neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, the nation wrestles with why we commit such unspeakable acts.
Why Are People Still Racist? What Science Says About America’s Race Problem
Two psychologists explore the roots of racism.
Speaking of Science, The Washington Post
Physical Remoteness Makes Killing Easier
People seem less reluctant to end the life of another being when they are not physically present for the distasteful act.
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