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There seems be an attractive quality to things that are ostensibly unhealthy or dangerous. Alisusha/Shutterstock.com

What’s behind our appetite for self-destruction?

Edgar Allen Poe, Sigmund Freud and cognitive scientists have all wrestled with the human tendency to behave in ways that are irrational and self-defeating.
Protesters carry placards as they take part in a recent service delivery protest in Sebokeng, south of Johannesburg. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Protests soar amid unmet expectations in South Africa

Protests in South Africa against a lack of services, such as water and electricity, reached unprecedented levels in 2014. Many have been accompanied by violence and destruction of property.

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