The news hints that we are getting closer to Armageddon—but some say we are more peaceful now than in the past. How do we make sense of this contradiction?
The evolution of uniquely human cognitive abilities gave us the means to wage war—as well as the capacity to avoid it.
International doctrines don’t always work as expected. In fact, some violence is stoked by the rules that are meant to suppress it.
The evolution of empathy may have conferred both the advantage of mercy and the tradeoffs of killing.
Much attention has focused on the apparent violence in humanity’s distant past. But evidence of kindness and care is much more widespread.
Language exerts a powerful influence on our perceptions of the world. Looking closely at the way we use words can reveal deep-seated cultural biases.