Most of the scientific articles I have published are in some way associated with the process of evolution. Previously I worked in molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, virology, and ecology. Over the past ten years I have focused on the human brain. Below are links to select articles that expand on theories concerning human behavioral biology and happiness:
  • Grinde B. Happiness in communal life: A scientific report. Communities Magazine, Fall 2016
  • Grinde B. Why negative feelings are important when assessing well-being. J Happiness Studies, (2015) DOI 10.1007/s10902-015-9667-z.
  • Grinde B. The evolutionary rationale for consciousness. Biological Theory, 7 (2013) 227-236.
  • Grinde B. Quality of life in an evolutionary perspective. J Altern Medicine Res 4 (2012) 259-268.
  • Grinde B. Biology of aesthetics. In Encylopedia of Sciences and Religions (Eds. A Runehov and L Oviedo), Springer Science, Dordrecht (2013)
  • Grinde B. An evolutionary perspective on happiness and mental health. J Mind Behavior 33 (2012) 49-68.
  • Grinde B. An evolutionary perspective on happiness as understood in the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Open Behav Sci J, 4 (2010) 31-36. buddhism and happiness.pdf
  • Grinde B. An evolutionary perspective on the importance of social relations for quality of life. TheScientificWorldJournal, 9 (2009) 588–605. social relations-qol.pdf
  • Grinde B, Patil GG. Biophilia: Does visual contact with nature impact on health and well-being? Int J Environ Res PublicHealth 6 (2009) 2332-2343. biophilia.pdf
  • Grinde B. Can the concept of discords help us find the causes of mental diseases? Med Hypothesis, 73 (2009) 106-109. discord-medhyp.pdf
  • Grinde B. Fitness optimizing theory can be misleading when applied to human behavior. Open Behav Sci J 2 (2008) 32-35. fitness-optim.pdf
  • Grinde B. An approach to the prevention of anxiety-related disorders based on evolutionary medicine. Preventive Medicine, 40 (2005) 904-9. anxiety-prev-med.pdf
  • Grinde B. How can science help religion towards optimal benefit for society. Zygon, 40 (2005) 277-88. zygon-rel.pdf
  • Grinde B. Darwinian happiness: Can the evolutionary perspective on well-being help us improve society? World Futures – The Journal of General Evolution, 60 (2004) 317-329. worldfutures2005.pdf
  • Grinde B. Happiness in the perspective of evolutionary psychology. J Happiness Studies 3 (2002) 331-54. happiness.johs.pdf
  • Grinde B. A biological perspective on musical appreciation. Nordic J Mus Ther 9 (2000) 18-27. music.doc
  • Grinde B. Social behaviour: Making the best of the human condition. Mankind Quarterly 41 (2000) 193-210. mq-altruism.doc
  • Grinde B. The biology of religion: A Darwinian gospel. J Soc Evol Systems 21 (1998) 19-28 religion-jses.pdf
  • Grinde B. Darwinian happiness: Biological advice on the quality of life. J Soc Evol Systems 19 (1996) 249-260 darw-happiness-jses.pdf .
  • Grinde B. The biology of visual aesthetics. J Soc Evol Systems 19 (1996) 31-40 aesthetics-jses.pdf

There are still people who live in ways very different from what we are used to in the Western, industrialized world - for example, tribal groups and people forming intentional communities. A current interest is to visit such places and try to find out if they can teach us anything about how to live in order to obtain a good life. These girls belong to the Arbore tribe in the Omo valley of Southern Ethiopia. The Omo valley is part of the Great Rift Valley which had a central role in the evolution of modern humans.