Reversal of Fortune – greg cochran on how to raise your population’s iq significantly in one or two generations.
Within one year Amish population grows by 12,000; experts expect trend to continue – “Lancaster Amish, as well as in Pennsylvania and across the country, are doubling their population every 18-20 years.”
You Can Give a Boy a Doll, but You Can’t Make Him Play With It – “Twenty years ago, Hasbro, a major American toy manufacturing company, tested a playhouse it hoped to market to both boys and girls. It soon emerged that girls and boys did not interact with the structure in the same way. The girls dressed the dolls, kissed them, and played house. The boys catapulted the toy baby carriage from the roof.” – (^_^)
Women may have the edge on men at detecting unfaithfulness – “Facial masculinity was found to be correlated both with womens’ ratings of unfaithfulness and the extent to which the rated man had actually engaged in sexual cheating and poaching…. [A]ccurate judgements of unfaithfulness can be made from the face alone, in the absence of behavioural cues.”
Psychology Uncovers Sex Appeal of Dark Personalities – “Why are narcissists more physically attractive…? [P]eople with dark personality traits are not seen as more physically attractive than others when you take away their freedom to wear their own clothes and makeup. People with dark personalities seem to be better at making themselves physically appealing.”
Monkey business: What howler monkeys can tell us about the role of interbreeding in human evolution – “The researchers found that individuals of mixed ancestry who share most of their genome with one of the two species are physically indistinguishable from the pure individuals of that species. ‘The implications of these results are that physical features are not always reliable for identifying individuals of hybrid ancestry. Therefore, it is possible that hybridization has been underestimated in the human fossil record….’”
STEM beliefs – from the awesome epigone.
Can Familiarity Breed Desire? Science Explains Why Men Prefer Women Who Look Like Them – “Familiarity does not breed contempt, a new study suggests after it revealed that men find women with whom they share certain facial features more attractive.”
‘Releasing’ people from Catholic guilt increases generosity towards church, research shows – “People who recall being absolved of their sins, are more likely to donate money to the church, according to research published today in the journal Religion, Brain and Behavior.” – heh.
The End of Asperger’s Syndrome – hallelujah! i’m cured! (~_^)
The Plight of the Alpha Female – “Women remain scarce in the most elite positions. And it’s by choice.”
bonus: Evolutionary psychology and the Fermi paradox – @mangan’s.
bonus bonus bonus: How many Lego bricks can be stacked one on top of the other before one at the bottom breaks? – answer: a LOT!
bonus bonus bonus bonus: Palace of First Chinese Emperor Unearthed
bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus: Killer Cave May Have Inspired Myth of Hades – “A giant cave that might have helped serve as the inspiration for the mythic ancient Greek underworld Hades once housed hundreds of people, potentially making it one of the oldest and most important prehistoric villages in Europe before it collapsed and killed everyone inside….”
bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus: The most extraordinary feat of British scholarship ever – “Professor Richard Sorabji, of King’s College London, has just completed the Herculean task of editing, translating and overseeing 100 volumes of translations of ancient commentaries on Aristotle, written from 200-600 AD.”
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