Altruism & Cooperation

Why do people choose to help each other, even at a cost to themselves? What makes some people risk their lives to save someone else? Why do we join forces and collaborate?

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Creativity & Intelligence

What makes a smart person smart, and a creative person creative? What sparks innovation? Is there a link between creativity and intelligence?

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Human Nature & Emotion

How do emotions guide our decisions, behaviors, and goals? When do we feel positive emotions–like trust, empathy, and compassion–and when does the dark side of our nature come out?

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Happiness & Well-Being

What are the causes and consequences of happiness? How can we promote better health, greater social connectedness, and a sense of meaning and purpose in our communities?

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Space & Time

Is there life on other planets? Are there other universes? Is our universe infinite in space and time? What does the nature of time tell us about the nature of reality?

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Origins & Evolution

How did life begin? How did consciousness emerge? How did modern humans come to dominate the planet? How can evolutionary theory help us solve modern-day problems?

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Religion & Culture

Why do we believe the things we believe? How do we learn the rituals of our communities, and what role does ritual and religion play in group bonding, trust, and competition?

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Morality & Ethics

How do we decide how we'll behave toward other people? When did morality arise? What does it mean to do the "right" thing, and how do we resolve moral and ethical dilemmas?

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Networks & Technology

How do our social networks affect our behaviors and ideas? How is modern technology changing our brains, experiences, and relationships?

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Environment & Civilization

Why do we form and join groups? Why did we start living in societies? How are we shaped by our environment, and how is humanity transforming the planet? How can we protect biodiversity?

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Language & Learning

When did we start using tools, art, and language? How do we develop new cognitive skills and communication abilities? How do we learn new information from others and how do we decide who and what to trust?

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