The roots of narcissism & other highly problematic human traits

One aspect of human nature where we can clearly witness the intellectualisation and exploitation of our instinctive drives is in our fascination with ‘status’. Systems of status and hierarchy have evolved within animal species to ensure the fitter, stronger and more determined individuals will dominate the breeding, or become the leaders of the group. For … More The roots of narcissism & other highly problematic human traits

When being righteous can make you as uncivilised as your opponents

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if human beings could become as excited about promoting an altruistic, benevolent society as they are for competition, self promotion and personal status? But ‘excitement’ is nature’s method of motivating animals to act in certain ways, and as a consequence of our evolved animal heritage we are far more easily excited by fear, sex, … More When being righteous can make you as uncivilised as your opponents

Conceptual art and the employment of glamour

In a recent BBC documentary Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Art? art historian Dr James Fox “embarks on an open-minded guide for the perplexed and asks ‘What is conceptual art?’ ‘How should we approach it?’ and crucially, ‘Why should we care?’” About halfway through, Dr Fox discovers a work of conceptual art that really appears to … More Conceptual art and the employment of glamour