Thinking aloud

| Aug 26, 2004

Thinking aloud

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Does language determine thought? Are there concepts in some languages that can’t be understood in others because that language doesn’t have the word for it? It seems like a reasonable question. But selection has equipped us all with the same tools, regardless of where ...

| Apr 8, 2004

What's love gotta do with it?

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This column is often concerned with the evolution of sexual behavior and sexual anatomy, but instead of attributing everything to sex, for once let’s accept a view like that of Bertrand Russell. “Love,” he said, “is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; ...

| Mar 25, 2004

Male-killers on the loose

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Things are never what they seem. Men certainly aren’t, according to the American writer Marilyn French: “Whatever they may be in public life, whatever their relations with men, in their relations with women, all men are rapists, and that’s all they are.” French said ...