Cooperation Against Racism

– Tom Uytterhoeven – Although I am not a scientist, I think this is a great experiment. It shows us what mechanisms lie beneath ugly features of human social living, like racism and gender discrimination. Moreover, it shows us how to decrease the prevalence of these features, at least in the case of racism. Let […]

Interview With Judith Rich Harris (The Nurture Assumption)

– Tom Uytterhoeven – I noticed this interview with Judith Rich Harris, who wrote The Nurture Assumption. Without endorsing her book as the whole truth, and nothing but the truth (here's a balanced review), I must admit I liked the book when I read it a few years ago (in the Dutch edition). More than […]

Short reflection on “The mystery of the human intelligence explosion – io9”

See on Scoop.it – Cultural evolution The mystery of the human intelligence explosion io9 Perhaps one of the biggest mysteries in our evolution is how humans developed symbolic culture, a very general catch-all term that includes things like art, language, personal adornment, weapons,… Tom Uytterhoeven‘s insight: This is fascinating. To imagine how our species slowly […]

Do We Love God Because We Love Sex?

See on Scoop.it – Cultural evolution Penn Psychologists: Sexual Attitudes Can Predict Religiousness CBS Local The results are interesting, researchers say, because evolutionary psychologists studying the influence of religion in everyday life are typically split into two groups –… Tom Uytterhoeven‘s insight: Research like this always fascinates me. But I tend to have two questions […]

Did we really evolve to screw ourselves over?

See on Scoop.it – Cultural evolution One documentary maker uses evolutionary psychology to offer a critique of consumerism. (#One documentary maker uses evolutionary psychology to offer a critique of consumerism. Tom Uytterhoeven‘s insight: This is an interesting application of evolutionary psychology on current society, showing both its strong appeal and its possible flaws… See on […]

The Cheater’s Manifesto (The Case for Non-Monogamy) – Huffington Post

See on Scoop.it – Cultural evolution The Cheater’s Manifesto (The Case for Non-Monogamy) Huffington Post The evolutionary psychology book Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá provides the reproductive motivations behind why men and women cheat in monogamous relationships. Tom Uytterhoeven‘s insight: There is something paradoxical going on in this article. The author […]