Category Archives: Evolution and Psychology

Towards a Bottom-Up Approach to Self-Deception

As I read John Hartung’s 1988 chapter on “self-deceiving down,” I am further convinced of the nonsense of arguing about theoretical distinctions & that we are considering the issue at too high a conceptual level to understand the influence of … Continue reading

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Are We Confusing Self-Deceptive Enhancement with Illusory Superiority?

A New Statesman post by Uta Frith found its way to me this morning via a Tweet by @SteveSilberman with the catchphrase, “Men are more likely to think their IQ is 5 pts higher than it is, and women think theirs … Continue reading

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Assholes and Self-Deception

  Findings just published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology by Kristina Durante et al. indicate that women are hormonally deluded during ovulation to believe that hot guys will stick around. This is a crass way of saying … 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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Were the Canela the Human Analog to the Bonobo?

In a recent set of lectures by primatologist Frans de Waal at the University of Alabama, two questions were asked by students that have got me thinking about bonobos & the Canela.  The first was something like, what would happen … 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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(Food Erections, Gorilla Prozac, Bonobo Cunnilingus &) Apes in & at the Nashville Zoo

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Zoos are one of those concessions to the limits of consciousness I both regularly support & by which I am slightly horrified.  Humans don’t have enough empathy to extend to all the furry & scaly creatures out there w/o caging … Continue reading

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WHY CAESAR’S WIFE MUST BE ABOVE SUSPICION: MATES FUNCTION AS HONEST INDICATORS OF STATUS AND PRESTIGE. BY BEN AND BO WINEGARD.

In Plutarch’s Life of Julius Caesar, a story is related that Julius Caesar divorced his wife (Pompeia) because of rumors of opprobrious behavior. At trial, Caesar said he knew nothing about his wife’s rumored adultery, but asserted that he divorced her … 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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Urban Angst: Darwinian Theory, the Need for Meaning, and Modern Existential Anxiety

“Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.” Victor Frankl Almost every human has, at one moment or another, recoiled from the world and asked a simple but disturbing question: “what is the … Continue reading

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