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It’s not just your imagination: life in America really has become more unpleasant this year. According to a new Gallup report, American wellbeing fell by a “statistically significant and meaningfully large” amount from 2016 to 2017. The drops were largest among women, minorities, Democrats and low-income Americans.   “Wellbeing” in this case is based on
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Fear may be as old as life on Earth. It is a fundamental, deeply wired reaction, evolved over the history of biology, to protect organisms against perceived threat to their integrity or existence. Fear may be as simple as a cringe of an antenna in a snail that is touched, or as complex as existential
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No one can say with 100 percent certainty that a couple is heading for disaster. But social scientists have gotten pretty good at predicting who’s most likely to wind up there. These couples share certain commonalities – in the way they fight and the way they describe their relationship, but also in their education level
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A cool new study using virtual reality and ethical dilemmas has discovered that those with psychopathic traits will readily sacrifice the few for the good of the many. But in a scenario that simulated inevitable harm against another human being, participants with strong psychopathic traits also used greater physical force, so we still wouldn’t really