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A Direct Test of Alloparenting and the Grandmother Effect – Thanks for all your Help, Mom!

Why are we different from the Neanderthals? Why do we roam the planet in the billions while our likely intelligent distant cousins permeate only ancient gravesites or the halls of natural history museums? Continue reading

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Northern New England Values and Evolutionary Psychology: The Granite State Rocked

Several years ago, when David Zehr, an academic dean at Plymouth State University in upstate NH, offered to host NEEPS one year – some of us thought this was almost too good to be true. That would be the folks … Continue reading

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The Evolution Paradox in Higher Education (Or how I had to buck up and teach myself this evolution stuff!)

As I’ve written in several of my publications, evolution is under attack. But not only by religious fundamentalists, who may reject evolution outright due to conflicts regarding the origins of life. This particular rejection is sort of the high-profile rejection … Continue reading

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The Evolutionary Importance of Mixed-Age Learning – Lessons from a Church Basement

So in spite of how ridiculous Kramer appeared when he famously beat out the karate competition consisting of a bunch of 7-year olds (Seinfeld allusion – you had to be there …), I’ve joined my daughter Megan (11) and son … Continue reading

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Creating a Whine

Overview: Whines are perceived as annoying vocalizations, and they are supreme at distracting listeners. Their use in attachment relationships just might have a surprising origin. The sound of a crying newborn can evoke many responses in a listener – most … Continue reading

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Tantrums, Enough Un-said!

If my son isn’t possessed by a tiny caveperson, what makes him lose his cool so rapidly and monstrously? Continue reading

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Posted in Evolution and Biology, Evolution and Psychology, Rosemarie Sokol Chang | 2 Comments

Turf Wars in Academia (or the Feasibility of Being a Social Psychologist and an Evolutionary Psychologist at the Same Time!)

Turf Wars in Academia (or the Feasibility of Being a Social Psychologist and an Evolutionary Psychologist at the Same Time!) ON ACADEMIC TURF WARS AND EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY Turf wars in academia? To any academic, this is like asking if there … Continue reading

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Is you is, or is you ain’t a cuddler?

People tend to assume that psychologists, as scientists, are bias free in their research – however, if you go a little deeper you can see the biases each researcher holds, and how that affects what s/he studies. Continue reading

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Posted in Evolution and Psychology, Evolution and Scientific Method, Rosemarie Sokol Chang | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

The World Loses an Exemplary Evolutionist: Remembering Maureen O’Sullivan

I end with a phrase that doesn’t seep into the evolutionist lexicon very frequently: God Bless you Maureen O’Sullivan. Continue reading

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Darwin’s Lessons for the Graduates

Hear that robin singing in the morning? Smell the white blossoms on the natural rose bushes near the woods? See the turkey vultures soaring high – in communicative harmony with one another? Note this: The same forces accounting for these examples account for everything you see when you look in a mirror. Your are part of this magnificent natural world. This insight is, for my money, what makes Darwinism a truly spiritual approach to the world.
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