The Evolution of Human Behavior?

On why scientists should not make unsubstantiated claims in popular science works especially where human beings are concerned

It is quite fashionable these days to try and explain human behavior as a result of evolution through natural selection. Just as a small example, I quote the following from an article by the renowned evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker : Continue reading The Evolution of Human Behavior?

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Bombs, Sectarianism and Blasphemy: What’s Art Got To Do With It?

March 4, 2013

Was coming back from an “Art Event” at the Karachi Arts council. I don’t go to such events but mom insisted (emotionally blackmailed to be precise), so I went. While coming back we started getting messages and calls on our cellphones that there had been two bomb blasts a few hundred meters from our home. Continue reading Bombs, Sectarianism and Blasphemy: What’s Art Got To Do With It?

From Causality to the Supernatural: Babies know it all!

Work in cognitive psychology has shown that young infants possess the concept of causality as an innate feature of their minds. In fact, it has been shown through recent experiments that this notion is so strong that infants can infer the existence of an unseen casual interaction and even an unseen causal agent from just the motion of an inanimate object! Continue reading From Causality to the Supernatural: Babies know it all!