Researchers generally regard so-called moral guilt, in the right amount, to be a good thing: A child who claims responsibility for knocking over a tower and tries to rebuild it is engaging in behavior that’s not only reparative but also prosocial.
Deloy Oberlin didn’t know how much time his wife had left, but he knew he wanted to spend their final days together fulfilling her last wish.
If the information Alice Collins Plebuch was seeing on her computer screen was correct, it posed a fundamental mystery about her very identity. It meant one of her parents wasn’t who he or she was supposed to be — and, by extension, neither was she. We are only just beginning to grapple with what it means to cheaply and easily uncover our genetic heritage.
We still don’t know why our minds seem so determined to exit the present moment, but researchers have a few ideas.
The animals have adjusted remarkably well to living alongside human beings—perhaps because when they live with us, they seem to learn from us.