Genes, Not “Culture”—Why the Japanese Don’t Loot – “The implication of this mantra-like repetition of the word ‘culture’ implies that cultures drop out of the sky, that the lucky Japanese got a good one and the Haitians got a bad one.” yes. where does culture come from?
Are the wealthiest countries the smartest countries? – “For each one-point increase in a country’s average IQ, the per capita GDP was $229 higher. It made an even bigger difference if the smartest 5 percent of the population got smarter; for every additional IQ point in that group, a country’s per capita GDP was $468 higher.”
Women feel pain more than men, scientists say after studying brain scans
Human prejudice has ancient evolutionary roots – “The tendency to perceive others as ‘us versus them’ isn’t exclusively human but appears to be shared by our primate cousins.”
Odd Form of ‘Love’ Hormone Found in Some Monkeys – oxytocin
Human gender roles influence research on animals – humans and their biases. who woulda guessed?!
Biology’s ‘dark matter’ hints at fourth domain of life – neato! see also: Glimpses of the Fourth Domain? @the loom.
Scientist Smackdown: When Did Europeans First Harness Fire?
Your brain is a rain forest – neurodiversity’s the word
The Secrets to Long Life: Worry, Work Hard and Marry Well (If You’re a Man) – via diversityischaos
Searching for the Source of a Fountain of Courage
bonus: radiation dose chart from xkcd.
Mammoth ‘could be reborn in four years’
Average IQ by occupation (estimated from median income) – by mr. audacious
Roman rise and fall ‘recorded in trees’ – “An extensive study of tree growth rings says there could be a link between the rise and fall of past civilisations and sudden shifts in Europe’s climate.”
Dieting while pregnant can lower your baby’s IQ – (duh)
Religiosity and the origins of civilization – @evo and proud – “The causes of civilization are not to be found in early art, writing, or architecture. These are merely the consequences of a preceding mental revolution.”
Best friends forever: It’s all in our genes, say scientists – genetic similarity theory. see also Brain Genes Influence Friend Choices @futurepundit.
Blood group O ‘protects against heart attacks’
Watch out feminists: Why acting like a man at work won’t get you promoted at work
White ethnic groups more likely to vote Republican than whites in general and More on ethnicity and voting among whites from inductivist. “Americans of English/Welsh, Dutch, and German descent are significantly more likely to vote Republican, compared to other whites.”
Dumb Farmers @overcoming bias. see also If Modern Humans Are So Smart, Why Are Our Brains Shrinking?
Miscellaneous musings on the Ainu, I @ahnenkult. via race|hist|evo notes.
Worm Sperm – “Sperm built to resist being sucked out after copulation.” see also The sexual battles of flatworms: barbed sperm, mating rings, traumatic insemination, and going down on yourself
9,000 Years Ago, North Americans Tamed–and Ate–Dogs