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Hero of Harlem Beats Ayn Rand With Altruism

Hero of Harlem Beats Ayn Rand With Altruism

Volunteering to help others feels good and improves our health. But if serving others benefits us aren’t we just being selfish? Is altruism (doing something for others even if we don’t benefit) even possible? Philosopher Thomas Nagel thinks not. To him altruism is...
Your natural dopamine high

Your natural dopamine high

You are a caveman just back from your very first buffalo hunt. You noticed that the one whose spear hit the buffalo got a high five (or whatever a caveman high five was). You want the next caveman high five and decide you will be the one whose spear gets the buffalo...
How a Yogi taught The Beatles to relax

How a Yogi taught The Beatles to relax

In 1968 Herbert Benson was doing blood pressure experiments with monkeys at Harvard. 1968 was also the year that the Beatles visited a meditation guru called the Maharishi Yogi in India. Eastern spirituality suddenly became very trendy, and some of the Maharishi’s...
There Is No Wolf

There Is No Wolf

The fight or flight response was incredibly well designed to help our ancestors survive in the wild. Today the very same response is being activated by our stressful lifestyles and killing us. To see how, imagine you are a caveman and you have been out all day...
You have an amazing body

You have an amazing body

You have an amazing body. This is true whether or not you think you have the kind of body they take pictures of to put on magazine covers. In any case the pictures on magazine covers aren’t real – they are photo-shopped and surgically chopped. Archie Cochrane...