Penn Researchers Help Solve Questions About Ethiopians’ High-Altitude Adaptations – “[A]ll three groups’ [andeans, tibetans, amharans] adaptations appear to involve different genetic mutations, an example of convergent evolution.”
Yeast suggests speedy start for multicellular life – “Single-celled organism can evolve multicellularity within months.” – whoa.
‘Rules’ may govern genome evolution in young plant species – “Scientists have often wondered if there are ‘rules’ that govern patterns of evolution, and data for Tragopogon polyploids suggest that such rules may actually operate at the genetic level.”
IQ Ceilings? – from jayman.
When it Comes to Accepting Evolution, Gut Feelings Trump Facts – and religious belief – “[I]ntuitive cognition has a significant impact on what people end up accepting, no matter how much they know…. [E]ven students with greater knowledge of evolutionary facts weren’t likelier to accept the theory, unless they also had a strong ‘gut’ feeling about those facts…. For the subjects of this study, belonging to a religion had almost no additional impact on beliefs about evolution….”
Race and self-enhancement – from the inductivist.
Do smart people lie more? – the inductivist, on a roll this week!
Gossip isn’t all bad — new study finds its social and psychological benefits – most importantly, it makes you feel better. (~_^)
Do some cultures have their own ways of going mad? – via amren.
Into the mind of a Neanderthal
bonus: Data suggests people using pseudonyms leave better comments – pseudonyms rock!
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Men With Macho Faces Attractive to Fertile Women, Researchers Find – “Meanwhile, a man’s intelligence has no effect on the extent to which fertile, female partners fantasize about others, the researchers found. They say the lack of an observed ‘fertility effect’ related to intelligence is puzzling.” [sorry, geeks!]
The Kingdom in the Closet – لا تسأل ، لا تخبر also: Paedophilia ‘culturally accepted in south Afghanistan’
The Mathematics Of Beauty – “The more men as a group disagree about a woman’s looks, the more they end up liking her.”
Lice DNA Study Shows Humans First Wore Clothes 170,000 Years Ago – ewwww!
Scent of a Woman’s Tears Lowers Men’s Desire – *sniff*
No love for outsiders – oxytocin boosts favouritism towards our own ethnic or cultural group – “Carsten de Dreu from the University of Amsterdam has found that sniffs of oxytocin make us more biased towards peers from our own ethnic or cultural group, versus those from other groups.” also Depth of the Kindness Hormone Appears to Know Some Bounds from nicholas wade @the nyt.
Born This Way – funny gay blog. (^_^)
Taking the moral high ground: People are more generous ‘when positioned physically higher than others’
Slipping the ‘Cognitive Straitjacket’ of Psychiatric Diagnosis – “Psychiatry’s diagnostic bible [the DSM] meets the awkward facts of genetics”
God’s little rabbits: Religious people out-reproduce secular ones by a landslide also Predisposition for Religion Can Spread Quickly
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