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Human Nature

When It Comes to Love, Is Three (or More) a Crowd?

Cultures around the world fear unrequited love. One strategy to avoid the pain of rejection might be to spread your love around—but does that work?

“Wrapping paper is a striptease that hides and reveals.”

Why Do We Wrap Presents?

Kinship

On Fat Tuesday, Break an Egg Over Someone’s Head

A colorful custom that began centuries ago in Asia has spread through various countries and evolved into a celebration of joy and friendship.

Human evolution social selection - This young Afghan refugee named Maimuna, photographed in Kabul in 2016, has features that are similar to ancient European hunter-gatherers.

In Flux

When Evolution Is Not a Slow Dance but a Fast Race to Survive