Our Personal Styles of Information Gathering

September 20, 2019

There are two kinds of people — and not just people. Rather, I should say, there are two kinds of sensory styles. This applies to animals, even to Roombas. Knowing those styles helps fix some common arguments. Think of sensory processing in general — the making sense of the world we...

Why Sad Songs Say So Much

September 18, 2016

We avoid sadness in everyday life, so why is the emotion enjoyed and celebrated in music? Tear-jerkers such as Adele’s "Someone Like You" frequently top the charts these days, while gloomy classical compositions like Mozart’s "Requiem" have moved people for centuries. Both portray and bring...

Sex: Stone Age Mind in a Modern-Day World?

February 13, 2015

To what extent is our sexual behavior determined by evolutionary psychology? Everyone is familiar with the feeling of utter exasperation with the opposite sex. How common are phrases like “Women, I just don’t get them” or “It’s just another one of those ‘guy things.’” From our...