linkfest: 08/18/13

Oxytocin helps explain difference in social perception between men and women“‘The Love Hormone’, Oxytocin affects men and women differently in social contexts — in men it improves the ability to identify competitive relationships whereas in women it facilitates the ability to identify kinship.”

Watching Bacteria Evolve, With Predictable Results“[I]n experiments using bacteria and other fast-breeding organisms, scientists can replay evolution many times over in their labs. And the results of a new experiment published Thursday in the journal Cell Reports demonstrate — with movies — that evolution can be astoundingly predictable.”

Facial contrast and femininity“Women have higher luminous contrast between their facial skin and their lip/eye color. This contrast effect is influenced not only by degree of lightness but also by degree of redness.” – from peter frost.

Caste“An endogamous group that is exposed to unusual selective pressures – say because of their occupation – is going to change in response to those particular selective pressures.” – from greg cochran.

Cultural influences on IQ – from elijah armstrong.

Human cells respond in healthy, unhealthy ways to different kinds of happinessEudaimonic well-being was, indeed, associated with a significant decrease in the stress-related CTRA gene expression profile. In contrast, hedonic well-being was associated with a significant increase in the CTRA profile.”

Even George W. Bush Has Heart Disease“Contrary to what we’ve been led to believe, it is possible – and indeed quite likely – that heart disease is an inevitable consequence of living. In other words, lifestyle, including what you eat, drink, where you work, how much you work out, etc, may have little to nothing to do with your chances of developing heart disease.” – from jayman. (the most surprising thing that i learned from this post is that george w. bush actually has a heart! (~_^) )

Students Today “Hook Up” No More Than Their Parents Did in College

Rare footage of isolated Amazon tribe released“A newly released video captures images of the Kawahiva tribe, indigenous people living in Brazil’s Amazon jungle thought to have had very little contact with the outside world.”

World’s oldest temple built to worship the dog star“THE world’s oldest temple, Göbekli Tepe in southern Turkey, may have been built to worship the dog star, Sirius.”

These Carvings Are the Oldest Rock Art in America, by Thousands of Years“‘The true age of this rock art had not been known, but a new analysis suggests these petroglyphs are the oldest North America, dating back to between 10,500 and 14,800 years ago.’ The rocks occupy a spot in the Nevada desert once covered by Winnemucca Lake.”

Oldest Gaming Tokens Found in Turkey“Small carved stones unearthed in a nearly 5,000-year-old burial could represent the earliest gaming tokens ever found, according to Turkish archaeologists who are excavating early Bronze Age graves.” – they’re really neat!

Good-looking birds: Sexual attractiveness in the wild turkey“[A]ttractiveness in male turkeys is more a function of how they use their genes, rather than differences in the genes themselves.”

bonus: Britain’s biggest child sex grooming gang thought to have been busted after cops arrest 45 men – here we go again. =/

bonus bonus: Olinguinto: ‘Overlooked’ mammal carnivore is major discovery

bonus bonus bonus: Moment thief was caught on camera stealing village ‘honesty box’ to pay for homegrown fruit and veg – this happened in south wales and the thief was a guy named paul bujega bujega.

bonus bonus bonus bonus: Scientists Finally Pronounce Human Genome“‘It’s Gatcaatgaggtggacaccagaggc…’”

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  1. From previous linkfest

    “Genetics and alcoholism – “Abundant evidence indicates that alcohol dependence (alcoholism) is a complex genetic disease, with variations in a large number of genes affecting a person’s risk of alcoholism. Some of these genes have been identified, including two genes involved in the metabolism of alcohol (ADH1B and ALDH2) that have the strongest known affects on the risk of alcoholism. Studies continue to reveal other genes in which variants affect the risk of alcoholism or related traits, including GABRA2, CHRM2, KCNJ6 and AUTS2.”

    The question now is, is the frequency of those genes which metabolise alcohol on a historical cline from the source of farming i.e. on a cline based on the length of time since arable farming became dominant in a particular region.

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  2. Also from previous linkfest (i’m slow)

    “Religious people are less intelligent than atheists, analysis of over 63 scientific studies stretching back over decades concludes – “Study found ‘a reliable negative relation between intelligence and religiosity’ in 53 out of 63 studies.””

    Doesn’t this imply religion was adaptive?

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  3. @grey – “The question now is, is the frequency of those genes which metabolise alcohol on a historical cline from the source of farming i.e. on a cline based on the length of time since arable farming became dominant in a particular region.”

    oooo! that would be neat. (^_^)

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  4. “oooo! that would be neat.”

    Yes, it could explain a lot. I wonder if it’s possibly related directly or indirectly to Jayman’s heart disease thing.

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  5. The thief’s name is “Bujega” but you linked to an article on the origins of “Bugeja”. “Bujega” is hard to find but it appears to be native Welsh judging by its Facebook distribution, and the thief looks light-skinned and blond.

    But it’s good to know that the veiled racism people accuse HBDers of is alive and well.

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  6. @anonymous – “The thief’s name is “Bujega” but you linked to an article on the origins of “Bugeja”.”

    oops! my mistake. thanks. in my defense, when you search for “Bujega surname” on google, the first result is for that “Bugeja (surname)” wikipedia page — but of course i should’ve checked more closely.

    @anonymous – “But it’s good to know that the veiled racism people accuse HBDers of is alive and well.”

    how very 1960s of you!

    btw, how on EARTH could me — a white person — pointing out that, what i thought was, a maltese guy — another white person — stole from an honesty box be “racist”?

    don’t bother answering that, because you’re banned.

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  7. If you had found the name to be Scandinavian in origin instead of Arabic, would you have bothered with the link? I doubt it.

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  8. @anonymous – “If you had found the name to be Scandinavian in origin instead of Arabic, would you have bothered with the link? I doubt it.”

    you really haven’t read my blog at all, have you? i’m guessing you’re one of these leftists with a bug against “waaaaycists” and that you’ve got a list of ten or so “talking points” that you use to go after anybody interested in hbd.

    do your homework! (see, for example, here and here.)

    (i actually originally thought the name sounded eastern european, if you really must know. i still don’t think it sounds welsh.)

    edit: and anyway – arabs aren’t a different race than europeans, so it’s STILL not an issue of race or waaaaycism! — no matter how much you want to twist it that way.

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  9. So you’re anti-Slavic too. It’s pretty obvious you wanted to stress that the thief wasn’t a native of northwestern Europe but some kind of immigrant with defective genes or a low IQ or whatever.

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  10. @anonymous – “So you’re anti-Slavic too.”

    nope. i’m not anti-anybody or any group. that’s just something that you’ve come up with in your fevered imagination — prolly projection on your part (one of the few things that freud got right).

    i actually LIKE human BIOdiversity. that’s why i want to preserve it.

    @anonymous – “It’s pretty obvious you wanted to stress that the thief wasn’t a native of northwestern Europe but some kind of immigrant with defective genes or a low IQ or whatever.”

    like i suspected, you haven’t read my blog at all, and are just sticking to some sort-of set of “talking points” from somewhere: “iq,” “racism,” etc.

    if you had read my blog, you’d know that i almost never talk about iq, because it’s not my main interest wrt human biodiversity. i’m much more interested in issues related to altruism and in-group (extended families/clans) and out-group (the broader society/commonweal) behaviors — and the effects of inbreeding and outbreeding on all that.

    which is why i was interested in this honor box theft case — honor boxes seem to work only (or mainly) in societies of high trust (highly outbred with high orientation towards the commonweal) societies. wouldn’t surprise me at all if this individual was welsh as i suspect that, like the highland scots and irish (and my own ethnic group), they might be a bit low on orientation towards the commonweal — unlike, say, the se english.

    but you carry on imagining that i’m an anti-arabic, anti-slavic waaaaycist if that helps you sleep at night.

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