#galton2015

yesterday was the galton institute’s annual conference in london, which i (and anybody else!) was able to virtually attend thanks to the live-tweeting of attendees andrew sabisky, michael story, and rory. (^_^) the conference was on mate choice and included presentations such as “Mate choice and assortative mating on the internet”, “Findings from the ‘Born in Bradford’ project and their relevance to the understanding of contemporary mate choice”, and “Patterns of consanguineous marriage across the world and their consequences” by professor alan bittles (mr. consang.net).

andrew has kindly storifyed the tweets covering the conference, so now you can belatedly virtually attend, too. (you’ll have to supply your own tea and bikkies, tho. (~_^) ) enjoy!:

Annual Conference of The Galton Institute – Mate Choice, 2015.

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18 Comments

  1. We’re not like a blank paper but we are not also as a COMPLETE book (quasi..). The difference are the experiences that are unique in space and time. We live, we emphasize, memorize, internalize and continue writing our natural histories / predetermined/biological, after we born. Remember (totally) FREE will, ;)

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  2. Of course free will doesn’t exist, but it’s vital to live as if it does. That’s what I concluded as a teenager, and it still seems to me a pretty defensible proposition. But then I’ve had more interesting things to think about for these last several decades.

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  3. @dearieme:

    “Of course free will doesn’t exist, but it’s vital to live as if it does. That’s what I concluded as a teenager, and it still seems to me a pretty defensible proposition.”

    That can get you into more trouble than almost anything.

    Case in point: Paris.

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  4. ”That can get you into more trouble than almost anything.

    Case in point: Paris.”

    Elaborate more please.

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  5. chic,
    Many many thanks. When I learned there had been a conference on Mate Choice and I hadn’t known about it, I was sad. But your twitter link is as good and a lot cheaper. I was thinking, “My work is done. How can you discuss mate choice and not talk about fertility?” It was in a book by that name that Bateson mentioned that Japanese quails are attracted to members of the opposite sex who are cousins they’ve never met than they are attracted to any other birds. And of course you know the reproductive advantage that has.

    Well at the conference they did it, didn’t they? Not a whisper in spite of all the evidence on kinship and fertility. It’s OK. I’m onto this one. It’s down to shooting fish in a barrel. What scares me is how many other things are out there where the experts seem totally mad. (No, don’t tell me that subverting governments in troubled countries leads to failed states whence the pigeons come back to us to roost, and we pursue it anyway; not my burden.)

    Thanks again. I’m going to write at least one of the experts. He won’t answer, of course.

    BTW, it was said that alpha males are strong but jerks. Much of my socialization is in traffic, where somebody mistakes a courteous gesture on my part for weakness. It generally only takes me three or four minutes to leave him cringing, testosterone plummeting. Am I a beta for being courteous or an alpha for being a jerk?

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  6. ”Assimilation” have just two moderate ways to be succesfull

    – racial and cultural miscigenation, creating a hybrid society with a combination of cultural values of islam and secularized wesstern (very difficult but not impossible),

    – eugenics of immigrants (and natives too), personality types included. ;)

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  7. Hbd chick,

    when a muslim, son of a successive generation of cousin marriage, marry a daughter of a successive generation of outbreeding marriages, their kids will born with what type of personality***

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