It Must Be Said – “There are facts that were once known, sometimes generally known, that are now known to but a few…. Many people assume that everyone is secretly aware of those unpleasant facts, but that is not the case. A generation that has grown up never hearing those facts will be almost entirely unaware of them, in part because their personal life experiences don’t impinge on those patterns much…. Anyhow, I intend to occasionally make a clear statement of some hateful fact – not necessarily because I have anything new to say on the subject (which is what I prefer). Someone has to corrupt the rising generations.” (^_^) – from greg cochran.
White Men Can’t Reach – “‘[S]ports will continue to provide a splendid stage for the fantastic menagerie that’s human biological diversity. Amid the pageantry of the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, make sure to look for the extremes of the human physique…. It is breathtaking to think that, in the truest genetic sense, we are all a large family, and that the paths of our ancestors have left us wonderfully distinct.’” – *sniff* – steve sailer reviews david epstein’s The Sports Gene.
Why We Can’t Talk About IQ – “This is how we are: jumbles of superstition, emotion, self-deception, and social conformism, with reason and science trotting along behind trying to keep up.” – from the derb.
Evolution of monogamy in humans the result of infanticide risk – “The threat of infants being killed by unrelated males is the key driver of monogamy in humans and other primates.”
European Hunter-Gatherers Had Domesticated Pigs Earlier Than Thought – “Domesticated pigs were present in northern Germany around 4600 B.C., some 500 years earlier than previously thought, new fossil and DNA evidence reveals.”
Hidden shell middens reveal ancient human presence in Bolivian Amazon – “Previously unknown archeological sites in forest islands reveal human presence in the western Amazon as early as 10,000 years ago….”
Mycobacterium tuberculosis: Our African follower for over 70,000 years! – “The researchers compared the genetic evolutionary trees of mycobacteria and humans side-by-side. And to the researcher’s surprise, the phylogenetic trees of humans and the TB bacteria showed a very close match. ‘The evolutionary path of humans and the TB bacteria shows striking similarities….’”
You Are Your Bacteria: How the Gut Microbiome Influences Health – “The bacteria in our gut already plays an important role in digestion. But new studies indicate that our bacteria could play a major role in whether or not we become obese.”
Edinburgh is surprise capital of redheaded Britain and Ireland – “The Edinburgh area is the most red headed region, according to the study, with 40 per cent of the population carrying one of the three common red hair gene variants.” – i love red hair! there’s a map here.
Live fast, die young – from mr. mangan, esq. see also: Single Gene Change Increases Mouse Lifespan by 20 Percent and Biologists May Have Identified Gene Central to Development, Reproduction and Aging – h/t hbd bibliography, here and here!
Is war really disappearing? A new analysis suggests not – “Countries may simply have less ability to fight.”
Poverty Saps the Brain’s Mental Reserves – “The mere circumstance of being poor can reduce a person’s cognitive abilities by consuming precious mental resources.”
Personal space: how close is too close? – “Scientists have determined what the absolute limit is for invading other people’s personal space. … between eight and 16 inches from our faces.” – back off! (~_^)
Live by the Sword – a review of The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honour and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century, a new book about frantz schmidt.
bonus: Counter-Currents Interview of chip of the hoover hog!
bonus bonus: Mind meld? Scientist uses his brain to control another guy’s finger – freaky! (but in a good way. (^_^) )
bonus bonus bonus: These Two Ancient Roman Techs Could Disrupt Modern Industry – h/t nelson!
bonus bonus bonus bonus: A Short Guide To The Middle East – @the assistant village idiot’s!
bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus: 20 Seconds of Tetris Madness (O_O)
bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus: Vote reveals the 50 funniest one-liners ever – “‘I went to a restaurant that serves “breakfast at any time”. So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.’ – Peter Kay; ‘I believe in equality. Equality for everybody. No matter how stupid they are or how superior I am to them.’ – Steve Martin.” (~_^)
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