One Hundred Columns

I’m not sure why we tend to pay more attention to 100 of something than to 99 or 101, but we do. This is my 100th Brain Connection column, going back to the first issue, posted right after The Millennium in February 2000. My assignment was to develop non-technical explanations of educationally significant new developments…

Selecting a President and Vice President

Our brain’s organization biases it towards preferences and decisions that enhance our survival and the quality of our life. These biases are evident during the current presidential campaign, and five underlying brain properties seem especially significant. A Social Species Humans are a social species and this gives us an important advantage over species in which…

Our Elusive Sense of Humor

Eat a live toad in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to either of you for the rest of the day. Almost everyone considers a sense of humor to be a prized human characteristic, but ask someone to define it and you’ll typically get a muddled rather than precise definition. For example, try to…