Learning has an evolutionary purpose: Among species, individuals that adapt to their environments will succeed. That’s why your brain more easily retains important or surprising information: It takes little
We've all been there, you're having a nice conversation with someone you just met and suddenly you realize you've forgotten their name. It's embarrassing, but the good news is there's actually an evolutionary
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A poet who has autism explains why the condition is not a barrier to working as a live performer. "Autism isn't just about being introverted, it's about finding ordinary social interactions difficult,"