5 reasons why I am not Charlie

The “Je suis Charlie” campaign is the first important meme of 2015. The desire to show solidarity with journalists of Charlie Hebdo, the victims of the terrorist attack in Paris, has filled the world far and wide, from members of different NGOs to artists and from teenagers to Heads of

The Handicap Principle. Why we behave extravagantly

In the ethological science, there are many original theories which surprisingly reveal some seemingly strange traits and behaviors. One of these theories, an extremely interesting one, called The Handicap Principle, has been suggested by the Israeli ethologist Amotz Zahavi. According to him, certain phenotypic animal traits or behaviors seem to

The role of aggression in the lives of individuals, species and nations

Why do we see aggressive behavior in all animal species, including in humans? What is its usefulness? From an ethological point of view, aggression is a behavior which allows for a hierarchical status to be established within a group, facilitates the access to resources, allows one to defend against the

The ethology of attraction to bad boys

It was not only the natural selection that favored warlike men, but also the sexual selection. In archaic times, the combative behavior implied not only chances of survival, but also a more significant reproductive success. Women’s preferences for combative individuals have evolved in parallel with men’s aggressiveness. Numerous studies have

Why Facebook can be toxic for relationships

I have noticed that many people are involved in quarrels on Facebook, in the way they would have never quarreled during any tete-a-tete conversation. Quarrels caused by trifles, by words said hastily, by small misunderstandings. Quarrels caused by a routine exchange of words and by an outburst of emotions which,

The executioner within us and our homicidal fantasies

Great crimes are sometimes committed by small people. Vasili Blokhin was born in 1895 in a poor Russian peasant family and at the age of 15 worked as a bricklayer, until he was mobilized on the World War I’s front. After the Bolshevik Revolution in October 1917, he actively adheres

Cyberbullying, internet trolls and their psychopathic profile

The violence among teenagers is extremely widespread in almost every culture, including those from high-developed countries. And, along with the digitization of human communication with the help of the internet and social networks, the adolescent aggressiveness has acquired a new dimension. The bullying and the violence have been transferred into

Dugin Syndrome. Why some intellectuals are chauvinistic and aggressive?

”Experience proves that it is rather the so-called “intelligentsia” that is most apt to yield to these disastrous collective suggestions, since the intellectual has no direct contact with life in the raw but encounters it in its easiest, synthetic form — upon the printed page” (Albert Einstein, in his letter