Category: Science for Lay People

Giambologna (1574-1580) Ratto delle Sabine em Galleria dell’Academia

Darwin would not be surprised and Hamilton would explain mathematically. What does this work mean? An older man defeated by a younger man. The still-controversial translation sculpture depicts a legendary episode of Roman men who would have obtained wives for themselves by kidnapping the daughters of neighboring Sabine families. A very common event among non-human […]

Visiting Machiavelli: Luxury Also Corrupts

The devil may not wear Prada, but science knows he likes luxury. Mere exposure to luxury items can change the way we perceive the world, changing our thinking and our choices. People who were exposed to luxury made more choices based on their own interest than those who weren’t. Despite prioritizing themselves, they did not […]