We live our lives filled with wild contradictions. An anthropologist argues that it’s good we do.
Dreaming is an essential part of the way humans learn. But what happens when we dream while immersed in a foreign culture?
Being overweight is stigmatized in most countries around the world. But does obsessive talk about excess fat lead to weight reduction—or to cruel, useless shaming?
Sexual reproduction has been around for 2 billion years. But when did sex for pleasure arise? And how much did penises have to do with it?
Rituals soothe, excite, and unite people throughout the world. But how exactly do they work, and what makes them so meaningful?
Friendship is complicated. But bats and their companions may offer us a window into how humans form—and keep—relationships.