Global Affairs

The Lunch Question

Is the world moving into an era of too much inequality?

The Psychology of Extreme Behavior

The actions of groups at the fringes of society, such as the Islamic State, are rooted in many natural human traits.

Mind the Gap

In the modern world, human history is outpacing our biology, creating a gap between those who make it and those who are left behind.

What Drives People to the Extreme

Understanding phenomena like the Islamic State is difficult because the human mind evolves much more slowly than the rate at which Neolithic-style problems arise.

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