Knowledge is a Gift

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Since it’s Christmas and Chinese New Year season, I decided that you all should give the gift of knowledge!!! WOOT WOOT!

Your task is to educate your classmates on the power of psychology!  You need to reflect on the following learning outcomes form the Biological Level of Analysis and create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to educate your fellow students:

  1. Environmental affect on physiology (brain plasticity)
  2. Biological correlates of addiction (avoid adderral perhaps?)
  3. Interaction between Cognition and Physiology on behavior (meditation / mindfulness)
  4. Extent to which genetics influence behavior

Your explicit assignment is linked here: biological-level-of-analysis-psa

 

The Evolution Of Evil

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The Evolution of Evil:  Evolutionary biologists, especially those Darwinian in nature, believe that modern human behavior must have evolutionary origins. It would follow then, that our less desirable–EVIL–traits too have an evolutionary root. However why would these traits remain in our species if they were not beneficial?

That begs the question: Is evil advantageous? 

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160401-how-did-evil-evolve-and-why-did-it-persist?ocid=fbindqz

Which leads to another question….are humans innately selfish?  Read the following piece on whether or not true altruism is possible: 

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/19/is-pure-altruism-possible/?_r=0