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A new study shows “that humans are hardwired to pay special attention to scandals and other negative information about other people.”

Frank McAndrew, a psychology professor at Knox College says gossip helped early humans avoid untrustworthy or threatening members of their own tribe. “Our intense interest in gossip is not really a character flaw,” McAndrew says. “It’s a tool for survival.”

--The Week, June 10, 2011 p. 24 Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

A professor, who finds that something as harmful as gossip is a positive characteristic, obviously has never been the victim of a gossip.

Proverbs 20:19 (ESV) Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.

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