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New Paltz – A Beacon of Intellectual Freedom and of Evolutionary Studies

(this article first appeared as a letter to the editor in the New Paltz Times on 5/9/2014) Dear Editor, I write to give a status report on the Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) program that we’ve got at SUNY New Paltz – … 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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The Evolutionary Psychology of Marathon Running: Long May You Run!

Marathon running is not evolutionarily natural. While our ancestors ran a heck of a lot more than we do (on average), 26.2 miles in a single shot is not likely something that our ancestors did frequently. And intensive training for … Continue reading

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2012 EvoS Summit at New Paltz – 10/26 – Evolution in Higher Education, Collaboration with Robb Wolf, Grant Activities, and More!

EvoS Summit Conference – 10/26/2012 Since David Sloan Wilson implemented the first undergraduate evolutionary studies (EvoS) program at Binghamton University about a decade ago, the notion of Darwin’s Big Idea guiding educational experiences across academic areas has led to significant … Continue reading

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Mating Intelligence (or How I Completely Missed the Boat)

I don’t want to steal any of Glenn’s thunder here, but I do want to point that one of the costs of doing a side project that is not theoretically related to the main thread of one’s research is that … Continue reading

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The Motivated Ape: Lessons from a 5K in the Outerbanks of North Carolina

The human spirit is amazing. I write from a beach house in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where my brothers (Seth and Adam) and I – and our families – are doing our first annual all-family vacation. In modern … Continue reading

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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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