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Aug 25, 2021 @ 4:13 pm

Doing Good: The Psychological Origins of Altruism

When we think of how our species evolved on this planet, Darwin’s famous maxim—“survival of the fittest”—comes to mind. One of the hallmarks of evolution is this idea, that the...

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When we think of how our species evolved on this planet, Darwin’s famous maxim—“survival of the fittest”—comes to mind. One of the hallmarks of evolution is this idea, that the...

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Jul 31, 2021 @ 2:18 pm

How I Became an Exvangelical

Once upon a time, long ago, I went to church. My family went to church every week without fail and I liked church as a young child. I felt safe and close to holiness, even if I didn’t recognize...

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Once upon a time, long ago, I went to church. My family went to church every week without fail and I liked church as a young child. I felt safe and close to holiness, even if I didn’t recognize...

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Jul 20, 2021 @ 11:06 pm

The Great Transition: Have Our Social Muscles Atrophied?

On March 12, 2020, the provincial government announced its first case of COVID-19. Reactions in Manitoba were similar to reactions around the world; we saw stores packed with panicked shoppers, fear...

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On March 12, 2020, the provincial government announced its first case of COVID-19. Reactions in Manitoba were similar to reactions around the world; we saw stores packed with panicked shoppers, fear...

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Jun 30, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Risky Business: How Our Brains Assess Reward and Consequence

Many people are afraid of flying. And really, why shouldn’t they be? Climbing into a pressurized metal tube that soars thousands of meters into the air at hundreds of kilometres per hour powered...

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Many people are afraid of flying. And really, why shouldn’t they be? Climbing into a pressurized metal tube that soars thousands of meters into the air at hundreds of kilometres per hour powered...

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May 31, 2021 @ 3:49 am

Everything Must Go: The Psychology of Panic Buying

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many of the responses we saw from the public were understandable. There was fear, of course, certainly a normal reaction to abnormal circumstances. There was...

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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many of the responses we saw from the public were understandable. There was fear, of course, certainly a normal reaction to abnormal circumstances. There was...

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May 25, 2021 @ 11:34 am

Learning Is About So Much More than Academics

I’m inspired by the students in my Grade Seven class who log in to their Google classroom and throw themselves at the work assigned to them by the eighth teacher they’ve had in this very strange...

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I’m inspired by the students in my Grade Seven class who log in to their Google classroom and throw themselves at the work assigned to them by the eighth teacher they’ve had in this very strange...

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May 11, 2021 @ 12:22 pm

Please Get Vaccinated

As I grow older, I realize more and more how much I rely on experts. Over the course of my life, I have, like we all do, gathered a team of required people in my life. From a doctor to an accountant...

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As I grow older, I realize more and more how much I rely on experts. Over the course of my life, I have, like we all do, gathered a team of required people in my life. From a doctor to an accountant...

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May 03, 2021 @ 3:10 pm

Vulnerable: The Psychology of Religious Belief and Misinformation

The end of the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight. After more than a year since the first case hit Canada, it seems like a significant understatement to say that everyone is ready for a return to normal...

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The end of the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight. After more than a year since the first case hit Canada, it seems like a significant understatement to say that everyone is ready for a return to normal...

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