A Scientific Thrown-Down: Survival of the Kind and Fittest

Are you into Inclusive Fitness? No, it’s not the latest diet craze. It’s the latest survival-of-humanity craze. It’s about adding to the population by supporting those around us. Cooperative social behavior is actually a good thing — and science proves it (kind of). Jonah Lehrer has written a story in the New Yorker about a scientific thrown-down of sorts. “Kin and…

”The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined” & Being Persuasive is Important

We’re always so preoccupied with how dangerous the world is around us– often vastly overestimating the odds of murder, terrorost attacks and the like, but in his latest 800-ebook-page heavyweight, author Stephen Pinker (professor of psychology in the department of brain and cognitive sciences at MIT) tells us violence has been diminishing for millennia and we may be living…

Face the Rear! Elevator Group Think

James Surowiecki loves talking about the aggregation of information in groups, resulting in decisions that, he argues, are often better than could have been made by any single member of the group. But most recently, I’ve been intrigued with Elevator Group Think and the psychology of conformity. This is all too relevant for Strategists, because we spend much of our time…

Climatological Megastructures and Cultural Architecture

Until now we have been designing buildings to match our climates, but it seems we are now on the verge of designing climates to match our buildings. Take a look at Qatar, which has proposed designing a man made cloud to help keep soccer players cooler while playing in the upcoming World Cup. The “cloud,” filled with helium and built of…

Darwin was Right…after all!

Sometimes we forget that we are still evolving as people. In the grand scheme of things, time passes so slow that no generation stays around to notice — until now.  Comparing the genomes of Tibetans and Han Chinese, the majority ethnic group in China, biologists have found that at least 30 genes have undergone evolutionary…