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Humans are not inherently selfish – we are actually hardwired to work together

theconversation August 28, 2020

Humans aren’t inherently selfish – we’re actually hardwired to work together. Written Steve Taylor, Leeds Beckett University. There has long been a general assumption that human beings are essentially selfish. We’re apparently ruthless, with strong impulses to compete against each other for resources and to accumulate power and possessions. If […]

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Kids who learn ‘clause-chain’ languages are quicker to develop complex sentences

theconversation August 25, 2020

Kids who learn ‘clause-chain’ languages are quicker to develop complex sentences. Written by Hannah Sarvasy, Western Sydney University. Languages like Japanese, Korean, Turkish and the indigenous languages of the Amazon, East Africa, and New Guinea build sentences in a way that lets them grow to enormous length. Our research shows learning one of […]

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Sexism is rife in the Nigerian, Kenyan and South African press. And it’s left unchecked

theconversation August 23, 2020

Sexism is rife in the Nigerian, Kenyan and South African press. And it’s left unchecked. Written by Dinfin Mulupi, University of Maryland and Lindsey Blumell, City, University of London. Uncovering systemic abuse against disproportionately women and girls, but also men and boys, has been coined the Me Too movement. Started […]

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New technologies mean states must reconsider what ‘reproductive rights’ are

theconversation August 23, 2020

New technologies mean states must reconsider what ‘reproductive rights’ are. Written by Bonginkosi Shozi, University of KwaZulu-Natal. A number of technological advances have revolutionised human reproduction in the past few decades. One example is in vitro fertilisation (IVF), the process of fertilising a woman’s eggs with a man’s sperm in […]

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The foreign aid game is changing: these are the opportunities for Africa

theconversation August 23, 2020

The foreign aid game is changing: these are the opportunities for Africa. Written by Dan Banik, University of Oslo and Nikolai Hegertun, University of Oslo. There are growing signs that the aid relationship between the Global South and the Global North is changing fast. Many traditional Western donors are reevaluating […]

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At the edge of democracy: what the upcoming general election holds in store for Tanzania

theconversation August 23, 2020

At The Edge Of Democracy: What The Upcoming General Election Holds In Store For Tanzania. Written by Nicodemus Minde, United States International University. Before the heroic return of opposition figure, Tundu Lissu, in late July 2020, Tanzania’s political landscape lacked the exuberance and ebullience that comes with an election season. […]

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We need to unpack the word ‘race’ and find new language

theconversation August 5, 2020

Nina G. Jablonski, Pennsylvania State University and George Chaplin, Pennsylvania State University Race-thinking has been discredited for decades. But it is still with us. Yet race is a historical contingency, not a state of nature. One of the most sinister things about race is that its sibling, racism, not only […]

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