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The Pyrenean ibex, an impressive mountain goat that lived in the central Pyrenees in Spain, went extinct in 2000. But a...
Tight budgets are forcing NASA to consider turning off one or more planetary science projects that have completed their...
Ebola is not a stranger to West Africa—an outbreak in the 1990s killed chimpanzees and sickened one researcher. But the...
In an as-yet-unpublished report, an international panel of geoscientists has concluded that a pair of deadly...
Tropical disease experts tried and failed before to eradicate yaws, a rare disfiguring disease of poor countries. Now,...
Since 2002, researchers have reported that agricultural communities in the hot and humid Pacific Coast of Central...
Balkan endemic kidney disease surfaced in the 1950s and for decades defied attempts to finger the cause. It occurred...
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Scott Atran is research director in anthropology at the French Centre national de la recherche scientifique and member of the Jean Nicod Institute at the École Normale Supérieure. He has experimented extensively on the ways scientists and ordinary people categorize and reason about nature, on the cognitive and evolutionary psychology of religion, and on the limits of rational choice in political and cultural conflict.
Steven Neuberg is Foundation Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University. Employing an evolutionary approach to human sociality, his research seeks to better understand the origins, nature, and nuances of prejudices and stereotypes. He also leads a multidisciplinary, global study investigating the ways in which religion might shape intergroup conflict.