Blog Profile / Evo and Proud

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A pauper's death

The Pauper, 1894-1895, Theodor Kittelsen. This and other works by Kittelsen have appeared on Norwegian black metal albums Black metal is a musical subgenre that grew out of death metal and, more broadly, heavy metal. In general, it pushes certain aspects of this genre to even farther extremes: fast tempos, shrieking vocals, and violent stage acts. Show More Summary

Evolution of long head hair

Swan princess, John Bauer (1882-1918). Human head hair is of relatively recent origin, reaching incredible lengths in some groups but not in others. I've published an article on the evolution of long head hair in humans. The following is the abstract: In many humans, head hair can grow to a much greater length than hair elsewhere on the body. Show More Summary

The fellowship instinct

Grace Fellowship Assembly of God, Bloomington, Indiana – Fellowship is what primarily draws people to religion (Wikicommons - Vmenkov). Religiosity is moderately heritable—25 to 45% according to twin studies (Bouchard, 2004; Lewis and Bates, 2013). Show More Summary

The missing hour of sleep

Rêverie, Adrien de Witte (1850-1935), Wikicommons African Americans sleep on average almost an hour less than do Euro Americans. The two groups have mean sleep times of 6.05 hours and 6.85 hours. This finding has recently been discussed by Brian Resnick in National Journal and by our Steve Sailer. Show More Summary

The contradictions of polygyny

Chief Makwira and his wives, Malawi, 1903 (Wikicommons). Older men had first priority. Younger men could gain access to women only through war or adultery. In my last column, I reviewed the findings of Butovskaya et al. (2015) on testosterone...Show More Summary

Polygyny makes men bigger, tougher ... and meaner

Hadza men are smaller, less robust, and less aggressive than the more polygynous Datoga (Wikicommons - Idobi). Humans differ in paternal investment—the degree to which fathers help mothers care for their offspring. They differ in this way between individuals, between populations, and between stages of cultural evolution. Show More Summary

The end of Indian summer

Antifas, Switzerland (Wikicommons). Today, antifas are becoming an extrajudicial police, just as human rights commissions are becoming a parallel justice system. Until three years ago, Canada’s human rights commissions had the powerShow More Summary

No, blacks aren't all alike. Who said they were?

In 1915, Paul Robeson became the third African American ever enrolled at Rutgers College, being one of four students selected for its Cap and Skull honor society. His father was of Igbo descent (Wikicommons) Chanda Chisala has written...Show More Summary

The adaptive value of "Aw shucks!"

Solitude- Frederic Leighton (1830-1896) In a mixed group, women become quieter, less assertive, and more compliant. This deference is shown only to men and not to other women in the group. A related phenomenon is the sex gap in self-esteem: women tend to feel less self-esteem in all social settings. Show More Summary

Déjà vu ?

Goths traversant une rivière, Évariste-Vital Luminais (1822-1896). The Goths came en masse and unopposed, as immigrants. They discovered that Roman civilians would not defend themselves and had not done so for a long time. When discussing...Show More Summary


The Second Class Carriage, Honoré Daumier (1808-1879) I'll be on vacation until October and will probably have little time for my weekly column. I hope to profit from this hiatus to rethink my priorities for the next twelve months. That rethink will include this column. Show More Summary

A genetic marker for empathy?

The Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). The more you empathize with the world, the more you feel its joy and pain, but too much can lead to overload. One of my interests is affective empathy, the involuntary desire not only to...Show More Summary

The past is another country

Male figurine, pottery, c. 7,000–5,000 years ago, Greece, Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, Wikicommons A very important recent finding is the recovery of the entire genomes of three prehistoric farmers who lived in northern Greece 7500-5500 years BP. Show More Summary

In the eye of the ancient beholder

Egyptian painting of a Libyan, a Kushi, a Syrian, and an Egyptian. In the Middle East, the Egyptians were seen as the Dark Other (Wikicommons) Mention the term ‘skin color’ and people usually think of race or ethnicity. Yet this wayShow More Summary

Guess who first came to America?

Semang from the Malayan Peninsula, Wikicommons Before the Europeans came, the Americas were settled by three waves of people from northeast Asia: the oldest wave beginning some 12,000 to 15,000 years ago, which gave rise to most Amerindians,...Show More Summary

Survival of the nicest-smelling?

The Perfume Maker, Rudolf Ernst (1854-1932) (Wikicommons) It has long been known that we vary not only in our sensitivity to different smells but also in our preferences for them—the degree to which they seem pleasant or unpleasant.Show More Summary

Not everyone does it

Un homme et une femme, 1891, Stephan Sinding (1846-1922). Almost as fun as sex. All humans love to kiss, so kissing must go back to early hominids and even chimps and bonobos. This is how ethologists and evolutionary psychologists think when they write about the subject. Show More Summary

The puzzle of European hair, eye, and skin color

Mary Magdalene, Frederick Sandys (1829-1904). Is the physical appearance of Europeans solely or even mainly an adaptation to climate? The Russian online magazine Kultura VRNhas published an article I wrote on the "puzzle of European hair, eye, and skin color." The following is the original English text. Show More Summary

The Jews of West Africa?

Bronze vessel in the form of a snail shell, 9th century, Igbo-Ukwu (Wikicommons). The Igbo developed metallurgy much earlier than the rest of West Africa. There has been much talk here about Chanda Chisala's article "The IQ gap is no...Show More Summary

Young, male, and single

The Babylonian Marriage Market, by Edwin Long (1829-1891). There are too many young men on the mate market, particularly in the White American community. It sucks being young, male, and single. Don't think so? Go to the Interactive Singles Map of the United States and see how it looks for the 20 to 39 age group. Show More Summary

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