Ancestral link places Mexican-Americans at greater risk for metabolic disease – “Mexican-Americans with an ancestral link to Amerindian tribes were found to have higher insulin resistance levels, which is an indication of several chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes….”
Most mutations come from dad – “Humans inherit more than three times as many mutations from their fathers as from their mothers, and mutation rates increase with the father’s age but not the mother’s….” see also Father’s Age Is Linked to Risk of Autism and Schizophrenia. and see also greg cochran (h/t jayman!).
Human responses to unfairness with primary rewards and their biological limits – “[H]umans care about being treated fairly when bargaining with primary rewards, and, together with a broader literature suggest that such reciprocal altruism may be particularly prominent in humans.” – note that the study seems to have been conducted on “w.e.i.r.d.” students.
African National IQs, redux – “The average for 40 African nations comes out to 75.” – from chuck.
Solutions, Again – jayman’s ideas for a better future!
Working memory training does not improve IQ – from the inductivist.
Male Circumcision and Health Care Costs – @the breviary.
A decade after Steven Pinker’s The Blank Slate, why is human nature still taboo? – from ed west.
Hypergamy In China Cutting Fertility Of High Ranking Women – from parapundit.
Do Drivers Make Way In Your Country? – from anatoly.
Divergent Whole-Genome Methylation Maps of Human and Chimpanzee Brains Reveal Epigenetic Basis of Human Regulatory Evolution – “Hundreds of genes exhibit significantly lower levels of promoter methylation in the human brain than in the chimpanzee brain…. Differentially methylated genes [in humans] are strikingly enriched with loci associated with neurological disorders, psychological disorders, and cancers.”
Dusting Off GOD – “The implication — that religion is basically malevolent, that it ‘poisons everything,’ in the words of the late Christopher Hitchens — is a standard assertion of the New Atheists…. Before you can know for sure, you have to figure out what religion does for us in the first place.”
Planet of the apes – “What we really know about our evolutionary past – and what we don’t” – nice review of a couple of human evolution books.
bonus: Octopuses Gain Consciousness (According to Scientists’ Declaration)
bonus bonus: The Racial Divide on … Sneakers
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