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About Glenn Geher

Glenn Geher is professor and chair of psychology at the State University of New York at New Paltz. In addition to teaching courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and conducting research in various areas related to evolutionary psychology, Glenn directs the campus’ EvoS program, one of the most successful, noteworthy, and vibrant features of a campus that prides itself (rightfully) on academic vibrance. In Building Darwin’s Bridges, Glenn addresses the details of New Paltz’s EvoS program as well as issues tied to the future of evolutionary studies in the rocky and often unpredictable landscape of higher education.

10 Human Universals that Should be Fully Embraced (… or Appreciating the Flip Side of Diversity)

Diversity in all its incarnations is awesome and beautiful. It’s the spice of life. And in modern times, educational institutions have become enlightened regarding the importance of embracing, understanding, respecting, and appreciating diversity. And this trend in modern education – … Continue reading

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Top 10 Evolutionary Mismatches: How Modern Humans are Living in the Monkey House

In 2012, after being home to various classes of primates for some 100+ years, the renowned Monkey House at the Bronx Zoo closed down – and the current primate residents at the Zoo reside in habitats that are designed to … Continue reading

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Don’t Look Down! How I REALLY Learned about Fear of Heights as an Adaptation

Why are people scared of high roller coasters, air travel, and walking on the edges of cliffs? In short, such a fear is, in the parlance of evolutionary psychology, “adaptive.” Fear of heights is a human universal – and can … Continue reading

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Thinking Like an Anthropologist from Mars: Crucial for Good Human Science

Don’t worry, just as I promised you recently that the odds of an all-out zombie apocalypse are very low, I seriously doubt that there are any anthropologists from Mars among our ranks. This said, as a behavioral scientist, I think it may actually be very useful to think like an anthropologist from Mars. And this blog explains why! Continue reading

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What I Learned in Psychology Class: Making the Connection Between Theory and Human Behavior

As an undergraduate student in psychology at the University of Connecticut years ago, I found the major interesting yet somewhat disjointed. In one class you’d learn some interesting but kind of random facts about human behavior – in a different … Continue reading

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If You can Read This, You are a Darwinian Success Story

As a psychology professor, I do lots of different things in my job. I help students register for classes, I teach classes on this and that, I talk with students about how to achieve their career goals, I conduct research … Continue reading

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The Evolutionary Psychology of Little League – Darwin Meets America

In reality, to do the topic of the evolutionary psychology of the Little League experience justice would require a full book – and perhaps a multi-volume series. It’s all in there. Just a sampling of the evolutionarily relevant concepts (see … Continue reading

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Howard Bloom on the Evolution of Sex

Don’t miss this rare public appearance by world-renowned writer and thinker, Howard Bloom – author of The God Problem, The Lucifer Principle and more (www.howardbloom.net). WHAT: Sex and the Second Law of Thermodynamics (a talk regarding Bloom’s thoughts on The … Continue reading

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The Evolutionary Psychology of the Zombie Apocalypse

Don’t worry – as a statistician, I put the likelihood of an all-out zombie apocalypse at very very close to zero – seriously, no reason to panic! This said, one of my current students, Paul, just engaged me in a … Continue reading

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Evolutionary Psychology’s Expansion – Our Promise to Darwin

When Charles Darwin (1859) articulated his theory of natural selection and described how natural forces are responsible for the beauty, diversity, and origins of life, he was thinking big. And his thinking was integrative. In his voyages around the world, … Continue reading

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