best laid plans 2014

sorry for the slow posting lately. yes, i’m still slacking off. (~_^) regularly scheduled programming should resume this weekend. (^_^)

in the meantime, i thought i’d steal a blogging idea from peter frost, and give ya’ll an idea of what to expect from this blog during 2014. (tl;dr: more of the same, really. (~_^) )

– more on mating patterns: long-term inbreeding and outbreeding practices in human societies and why some peoples go for inbreeding and why others do not. also, the relationship(s) (if any) between mating patterns and family types (think emmanuel todd). also, more on the connections between mating patterns and clannishness (or not) and behavioral patterns like civicness, corruption, and nepotism.

– i hope to explore further how different long-term mating patterns and family types create/affect selection pressures for various innate social behaviors in populations.

individualism/collectivisim vs. familism/non-collectivism

universalism vs. particularism

democracy: including the contrasts between liberal vs. consensus democracy and the idea that there are democratic tendencies in a lot of societies — probably the majority of societies — but very few places where you’ll find liberal democracy and even fewer places where liberal democracy works.

– i want to look further at how renaissances and reformations happen, and why human accomplishment has most definitely not been uniform across the globe.

violence: mostly the differences (if any) between societies where feuding is common vs. those that engage in large-scale warfare (thanks, grey!).

– also, i’ll continue to ask (in a hopefully annoying, gadfly-like way): where does culture come from?

– i’ll also be asking: how does assimilation happen? and i’ll be asking/looking for evidence for if/how it does.

this past summer, i started posting about the history of mating patterns in europe, and i had a plan all worked out, but i got (seriously) side-tracked. typical! i’m going to pick up that posting plan!…right after i post about the history of mating patterns/family types/social structures in the nordic nations…right after i post about the mating patterns/family types/social structures of the franks.

got all that? good. (^_^)

p.s. – oh. i also take reader requests! (^_^)

previously: top ten list 2013

(note: comments do not require an email. keep calm and… (^_^) )

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6 Comments

  1. ” … and give ya’ll an idea … ”

    Hey! Looks like it’s gonna be easier going round these parts in ’14. Ya’ll.

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  2. OK, requests. I’d like some more on scots and scots-irish, also very interested in ancient and classical greeks and american indians.

    another thing i was just thinking about, what is the frequency of close incest in inbreeders verses outbreeders?

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  3. “p.s. – oh. i also take reader requests! (^_^)”

    Portugal and Austria would be 2 that I would be interested to see..

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  4. @bob – “I’d like some more on scots and scots-irish, also very interested in ancient and classical greeks and american indians.”

    ok! (^_^) the scots were supposed to be next after i did the irish…which was half a year ago now (best laid plans!). i’ll get back to the scots after i do the nordics. i’m interested in the ancient greeks (both archaic and classical), too, so there will definitely be more on them! american indians, as well. to be honest, might not get to them until much later in the year, though.

    @bob – “what is the frequency of close incest in inbreeders verses outbreeders?”

    ooo, i have no idea! putting that down on The List. (^_^)

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  5. @chris – “Portugal and Austria would be 2 that I would be interested to see.”

    they are now on the list! (^_^) i’ve had austria on my mind for a while, too. plus i definitely need to look more at the iberians. (not to mention the french!)

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