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Is “bad altruism” better than no altruism?

AW, The question you ask—when do acts of charity produce "slacking" later on?—connects nicely with a classic debate about altruism.  Dan Batson is a strong partisan for one side of this debate, but describes both sides well in a classic paper.  On the one hand, people might truly care about the welfare of others: a [...]..

April 18, 2013 — Jamil Zaki

#SciAmBlogs Wednesday - BRAIN, Earth's limits, supervolcanoes, human origins, painting with fish, and more.

Check out the new video of the week - our monthly Best Of The Blogs video.- Cynthia Graber - Beyond Boston: A reporter leaves home soon after the bombings and finds some solace in science - Ramez Naam - The Limits of the Earth–Part 1: Problems - Cadell Last - Supervolcanoes in the Ancient World - Eric Michael Johnson - The Mosaic of Human Origins - Becky Crew - New Skin-Feeding Amphibian Found in French Guiana - Melissa C...

STAFFApril 18, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Best of the Blogs in March

Video of the Week #88, April 17th, 2013: From: Fish With Human Teeth and More! Best of the Blogs 3 by Carin Bondar at PsiVid . Source: Scientific American YouTube channel Each month we feature some of the most intriguing stories from Scientific American's massive blog network...

April 17, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Get Your Beauty (and Slimness) Sleep  A new report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science shows that lack of sufficient sleep for several sequential nights leads to weight gain...

April 16, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

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