President Donald Trump departing the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia on Sunday 8 November. Steve Helber/AP/AAP

Why can’t some people admit defeat when they lose?

Cover: President Donald Trump departing the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia on Sunday 8 November. Steve Helber/AP/AAP Why can’t some people admit defeat when they lose? Evita March, Federation University Australia When US President-Elect Joe Biden and Deputy Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris gave their victory speeches on Saturday evening, local time, the tally of …

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Newspaper Carriers (Work disgraces) by Georg Scholz. 1921. Courtesy Wikipedia

The bad news on human nature, in 10 findings from psychology

Cover: Newspaper Carriers (Work disgraces) by Georg Scholz. 1921. Courtesy Wikipedia It’s a question that’s reverberated through the ages – are humans, though imperfect, essentially kind, sensible, good-natured creatures? Or are we, deep down, wired to be bad, blinkered, idle, vain, vengeful and selfish? There are no easy answers, and there’s clearly a lot of …

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What know-it-alls don’t know, or the illusion of competence

One day in 1995, a large, heavy middle-aged man robbed two Pittsburgh banks in broad daylight. He didn’t wear a mask or any sort of disguise. And he smiled at surveillance cameras before walking out of each bank. Later that night, police arrested a surprised McArthur Wheeler. When they showed him the surveillance tapes, Wheeler …

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