linkfest – 05/01/11

The Ignorance of Voters“Why does more education lead to less accurate beliefs? The answer returns us to the difference between rational voters (what we think we are) and rationalizing voters (what we really are). It turns out that the human mind is a marvelous information filter, adept at blocking out those facts that contradict what we’d like to believe.”

Single Out-of-Africa origin of humans: more trouble for the theory – from dienekes

Our own status affects the way our brains respond to others“People of higher subjective socioeconomic status show greater brain activity in response to other high-ranked individuals, while those with lower status have a greater response to other low-status individuals.”

Code rage: The “warrior gene” makes me mad! (Whether I have it or not) – behavioral genetics on dr. phil! whoa.

Predictors of closeness to whites among whites – from inductivist: “What predicts greater closeness to whites is: being female, being younger, having more income, being less intelligent, and more church attendance.”

Animals have personalities, too – duh.

Alcohol, Mood and Me (Not You)“Adolescents with behavioral problems drink more in general, irrespective of mood, but only adolescents without behavioral problems drink more often when feeling depressed.”

Prejudice and the president – white people are soooo waaaaaaycist

The Rewards of Doing “Something”“People don’t really care what they’re doing — just as long as they are doing something.”

Like father (country), like son – from the audacious

Monkeys, too, can recollect what they’ve seen“The researchers say that the ability of rhesus monkeys to recall what they’ve seen in the past suggests that the ability to recollect does not depend on language and may have been present in our common ancestor 30 million years ago.”

Fat, race and vitamin D – @diversity is chaos

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linkfest 10/17/10

“How Middle Eastern Milk Drinkers Conquered Europe” (more @gnxp & @john hawks.)

“Technophobia ‘is decided when we are still in the womb'”“A person’s attitude towards new technology can be predicted by the hormones we are exposed to in the womb…. Researchers found that levels of pre-natal testosterone exposure were higher in computer science students….” (more 2d:4d stuff.)

“Stress and the Brain: What Makes Some of Us More Vulnerable Than Others?”“…a person’s sensitivity to acute stress is determined by variations in the gene encoding the α2b-adrenoreceptor (ADRA2B).” (determined in part, i’m sure.)

“Animals Said to Have Spiritual Experiences”

“Chinese dominate list of richest women”“More than half the world’s richest self-made women are Chinese…. The world’s three richest women are Chinese – as are 11 of the top 20….” (there are also a lot of them – women in china, i mean.)

“Is your dog’s bowl half full or empty? How to tell a pessimist pet from an optimist”

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