Category Archives: RESEARCH

On being thankful for the freely given kindness of others

Friendships begin with liking or gratitude – roots that can be pulled up Daniel Deronda (1876), by George Eliot Twice in my life I’ve been stood behind someone in a queue who has unwittingly dropped a £10 pound note. Both … Continue reading

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I like you ’cos you’re like me – or why my enemy’s enemy is my friend

Kids’ social instincts emerge early [1,2]. Newborns prefer to look at human faces over other inanimate objects, especially attractive faces. Soon after, babies begin to evaluate the social actions of others: at three months they prefer to play with toy … Continue reading

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Moral mindsets: how remembering our past actions drives our future behaviour

We all know we should eat better, but it’s hard work to cut out saturated fats and processed sugars completely. Most of us try to achieve some kind of balance: if we’ve been eating fruit, veg, and bean salads all day, we … Continue reading

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God as cosmic CCTV

It’s almost like a moral decision, but not because no one will find out Peep Show’s Jez on deciding whether to have sex with his best friend’s fiancé’s mum. Unlike the feckless Jez quoted above*, most people recognise that the … Continue reading

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