Sexual Equality and Cooperation, Hunter-Gatherer Style

by NATHAN COLLINS from Pacific Standard One of the great mysteries of the universe is how humans manage to cooperate with each other. There’s no shortage of explanations, including the possibility thatcooperation co-evolved with conflict and war, but a new study suggests an entirely different possibility: Perhaps cooperation is an indirect consequence of sexual equality in early…

Religion Isn’t Dead Yet

by CASEY N. CEP from Pacific Standard (Photo: 58319433@N08/Flickr) After taking off his “cycle-clips in awkward reverence,” the British poet Philip Larkin once stopped to observe a sacred space: “Wondering what to look for; wondering, too, / When churches will fall completely out of use / What we shall turn them into.” The poet expressed bemused…

When It Comes to Female Scientists, Seeing Is Believing

by FRANCIE DIEP from Pacific Standard People all over the world more strongly associate men with science than women, according to a study of about 350,000 people in 66 countries. But one thing helps: The more women taking college-level or higher classes in a country, the weaker those stereotypic associations are among the country’s citizens. The…

Are You Getting Paid What You’re Worth?

by NOAM SCHEIBER from Pacific Standard (Illustration: Adam Turnbull) There may be no better way to understand the lot of the American worker today than through Twitch, the website where you can watch live broadcasts of your favorite video games being played in real time by the world’s best players. Leading players on Twitch have their own…