‘Enlightenment’ Now and Empathy Later?

By Agustínfuentes / March 19, 2018 / 0 Comments

Steven Pinker wrote Enlightenment Now thinking he was making the case for “reason, science, humanism, and progress.” But instead produced a 556 page text filled with some interesting statistics, a few valid insights, a lot of naiveté, and a stunning lack of empathy. Let me be clear about a few things: I both practice and love science,…

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Get the Science Right!

By Agustínfuentes / July 17, 2017 / 0 Comments

What popular books get wrong about human evolution. Popular books about human evolution tell us why we are the way that we are. A broad swath of the public looks to such books to translate the enormity of information from scientific research into accessible, and engaging, narratives informing about human nature. When Albert Einstein cautioned…

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Nature’s Most Creative Copulators

By Agustínfuentes / April 4, 2017 / 0 Comments

EXCERPT Why have humans taken mammalian sex to a whole new level? For humans, sex is risky, socially complicated, and culturally loaded—but it’s almost always fun. David Williams BOOK EXCERPT The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional. Dutton, 2017. Googling “sex” in 2016 yields approximately 3.34 billion results in 0.29 seconds. That’s nearly four times…

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