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Risky Adolescent Behavior
The dominant scientific paradigm for explaining these high-risk behaviors can be termed the mental health model, which assumes (implicitly if not explicitly) that harsh social environments adversely affect children’s wellbeing, promoting disturbances in development, even if not clinical disorders per se. This model emphasizes the costs and largely ignores the benefits of risk-taking, making it difficult to explain the motives for risky behavior in adolescents.
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Doing Well By Doing Good – An Evolution Institute Report on Socially Responsible Businesses

Can businesses do well by doing good? Yes, according to this report headed by EI President David Sloan Wilson. The report provides a much needed alternative to the “Greed is Good” philosophy of orthodox economic theory, which has dominated the curriculum of business schools for over 50 years. Social responsibility can be a successful business strategy, but only if business groups implement certain design principles, both internally and in their relations with other groups. The design principles provide a blueprint for an upward virtuous spiral that is already in progress in some sectors of the business world. Read more HERE.


New Education Webinar – What does Evolutionary Science tell us about how to engage young minds?

As part of the Evolution Institute’s Urban & Education Initiative and its Education Brown Bag Series, Dr. Gabrielle Principe will filter how we educate young children through the lens of human evolution.

You can watch the webinar here!