On Willpower


What is especially interesting, and a bit more unusual, is the way an internal parasite not only feeds on its host, but also frequently alters its behavior, in a way that favors the continued survival and reproduction of the parasite.

via Who’s in Charge Inside Your Head? – NYTimes.com.

…genes matter quite a lot. …they affect a person’s views of the world almost as much as his circumstances do, and far more than many social scientists have been willing, until recently, to admit.

via The genetics of politics: Body politic | The Economist.



Triumph of the Will

Remember, no matter what the self-help books say, the research suggests that willpower isn’t a skill.

via Ego Depletion « You Are Not So Smart.