The Case of the Missing Polygamists
A German by Any Other Name… – @those who can see. the globe stats for traits like “future orientation” and “collectivism” are really interesting. (thnx, m.g.!)
Changes in positions on social behaviors over time, by country – @the audacious epigone.
Class, Caste, and Genes – from henry harpending – h/t jayman!
Digit ratios and celebrity worship – “[G]irls with more feminine digit ratios are much more likely to worship celebrities.” – @the inductivist.
Why Republicans Deny Science: The Quest for a Scientific Explanation – lots of good points in this article, but it’s really just the pot calling the kettle black.
Evolution: A Game of Chance – not much new here for a lot of you, but still a good read. maybe it’d be good to email it to confused family and/or friends. (~_^)
Inside Darwin’s Tumor – cancer evolves. @the loom.
Why Women Report Being in Worse Health Than Men – “Women have a higher rate of underlying chronic health problems.”
bonus: Scientists discover soldier bees
bonus bonus: Smaller Than a Dime, The World’s Tiniest Frog Has Been Discovered
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Earliest Signs of Advanced Tools Found — also, john hawks on the find.
The Verge of Human – @the loom. there might be some fossilized skin from one of these fossils, too. cool!!
Modernity and the Lynn-Flynn Effect – from dennis mangan.
Human ancestors interbred with related species – “Analysis suggests genetic mixing occurred in Africa around 35,000 years ago…. Hammer says this disproves the conventional view that we are descended from a single population that arose in Africa and replaced all other Homo species without interbreeding. ‘We need to modify the standard model of human origins,’ he says.”
Study links baby’s behavior and adult brain function – “A new study that tracked children from before they were teething until they were graduating high school suggests that a baby boy’s temperament may predict his brain activity nearly two decades later.”
Freedom to Riot: On the Evolution of Collective Violence – “Collective violence, extending from riots to warfare, presents a challenge to our ordinary understanding of free will. Actions that would rarely be taken by an individual on their own seem to be embraced when supported by a larger group.”
Scientists find they can control how people react to group pressure – baaaaaaah.
Why Is Average IQ Higher in Some Places? – it’s not the whole story, but it’s likely part of it.
Couch Potatoes Explained? Missing Key Genes May Be Cause for Lack of Resolve to Exercise, Researchers Find
Blacks are more narcissistic – @the inductivist.
bonus: The “Yellow Snow” Test for Self-Recognition – watch out where the huskies go!
bonus bonus: The irrationality of politics
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WHO LIKES EVOLUTION? DISSOCIATION OF HUMAN EVOLUTION VERSUS EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY
“Recent media accounts have highlighted opposition to evolutionary theory among certain groups and individuals in the United States. At the same time, evolutionary psychology, which relies on evolutionary theory to explain and predict human behavior, remains a controversial academic discipline. In the following two studies, we investigated the relation between willingness to support evolutionary theory in general and willingness to support key tenets of evolutionary psychology. Our results revealed a double dissociation, whereby endorsers of human evolution displayed relatively weak support for claims derived from evolutionary psychology, whereas non-endorsers of human evolution displayed relatively strong support for such claims. This latter support remained strong, though diminished, when the relation between evolutionary theory and evolutionary psychology was made explicit to respondents. The results suggest that strong support or opposition regarding human evolution does not carry over into corresponding attitudes toward evolutionary psychology.“
us folks of the altright|hbd-o-sphere have been aware of this … inconsistency … for some time. people have all sorts of cognitive dissonances, but this one is one of the most amusing — but infuriating as h*ll! — ones to me.
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