Category Archives: Evolution and Psychology

How Evolutionary Psychology Can Help You on a First Date

“Are we doomed?” & “Oh, you must be using me as your case study!”   These are the two comments I get the most at work.  Did I mention I’m a bartender?  By day, I study evolutionary psychology.  But by … Continue reading

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Struggling with a big decision? Your body knows the answer.

Got a heavy decision to make? Ask your body. I’m horrible at decision-making. Always have been. I don’t know why I struggle, but I will mull over my options for ages before I eventually settle with the cobb salad…. After … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Costs of Evolved Self-Awareness: Comparing Trajectories of Davids—Foster Wallace & Insurgent

I’m going to be writing on the costly implications of self-awareness in a forthcoming book & was walking around listening to Reagan Youth on Spotify & David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest on Audible when some parallels occurred to me. I’ll … Continue reading

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Darwin’s Daily & Hourly Dharma

I’m just going to leave this right here… Yes, I know, I should explain, but my mind is reeling a bit right now. Ever have those experiences when you stumble across a literature that advances a model that runs parallel to … Continue reading

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Is Cunnilingus an Adaptation to Increase Intercourse Length & Increase the Probability of Fertilization?

Several years ago a student of mine (Christy McGee) in my “Anthropology of Sex” class was studying highly promiscuous women with the hypothesis that they would be averse to cunnilingus. She suggested that cunnilingus was a male means of detecting infidelity. … Continue reading

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You Can Minor in Evolutionary Studies & Start as an Assistant Professor in a Business School at $150k per Year

After that little bombshell, I just sort of zoned out & walked thru the rest of the day in a dissociative fugue, wondering about how different it would have been had I known that 15 years ago. I would love … Continue reading

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Baba does Bama

Hip hop evolutionist & playwright Baba Brinkman performed for the Bama ALLELE series last night. He got one of the best turnouts we’ve had, & I think it was one of our better efforts at promoting evolution education. Unlike many … Continue reading

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Milking Gorillas

I will do a more thorough summary from the Human Biology Association & American Association of Physical Anthropology annual joint conferences in the near future based on my rabid tweeting from sessions, but a few posters & talks are just … Continue reading

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More on “Angst,” a New Book on Evolutionary Psychopathology

A couple months ago, I mentioned a new book of interest to those who like clinical psychology and evolution. It’s called Angst: Origins of Anxiety and Depression by Jeffrey P. Kahn, M.D., a psychiatrist at Weill Cornell Medical College who … Continue reading

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I Turned into a Werewolf: Flickering Firelight & the Strange-Face-in-the-Mirror Illusion

When I did the strange-face-in-the-mirror illusion, I turned into a frickin’ werewolf! How cool is that? I should back up, right? I teach a course called “Primate Religion & Human Consciousness” & require students to come up with activities to … Continue reading

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