July 16, 2010

Is Abraham Maslow’s Pyramid of Needs Out of Date?
That’s the argument of a team of evolutionary psychologists led by Douglas Kenrick of Arizona State University. They propose a revised pyramid, one informed by recent research defining our deep biological drives. (Tom Jacobs, Miller-McCune)

Gene Involved in Sperm Production Is Present In Nearly All Animals
The finding suggests the ability to produce sperm arose just once, 600 million years ago, and has been conserved through all subsequent animal evolution. (Jess McNally, Wired Science, Wired.com)

What Predicts a Marriage’s Success?
Anneli Rufus, a journalist and author, has now delved into the archive of studies dedicated to the subject to compile a list of 15 warning signs that someone is heading for a divorce. (Telegraph)

“We Should Not Expect One Key to Open Every Lock”
Keith Ward: We need to distinguish in detail all the different sorts of explaining we do in life. People who are not scientists certainly try to explain lots of things that happen, and why should we deny they are using explanations, but not as a professional scientist would? (guardian.co.uk)

Paul Allen Gives Away Half His Fortune
Paul Allen, who founded the Microsoft Corporation with Bill Gates, is among a growing number of wealthy philanthropists who are publicly stating their commitments to giving their money away in response to a call from Gates and Warren Buffett, who last month started a program called The Giving Pledge that aims to get the country’s billionaires to devote half their fortunes to charity. (Stephanie Strom, The New York Times)

MOVIES
Toy Story 3

What we want in a kid’s movie is positive psychology, and that’s what we got in the first two Toy Story flicks. Toy Story 3 was still a good, and engaging, movie, but it would have been even better without the Count of Monte Cristo angle. (David Lundberg Kenrick and Douglas Kenrick, The Caveman Goes To Hollywood, Psychology Today)

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