Evolutionary theory has come up with nice explanations to many phenomena. But there are also a few exceptions. Female breasts are one. No female animals have enlarged breasts when they don't breastfeed. No animals except humans. There are a number of explanations to this, to be…
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Our modern world has given us many technological marvels and solved numerous practical problems. A visitor from 100 or 200 years ago would find many…
More people should write exactly one book: The one about themselves. People lead very different lives. If everybody capable of writing a book wrote one…
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As far back as I can remember, I felt ambivalent towards evolutionary psychology. On the one hand, it was too difficult to explain away. If we believe…
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The Paris Peace Conference set out with the highest ambitions possible: to achieve eternal peace. Obviously it failed, but what can future peacemakers…
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Scott Alexander tries to make sense of Lacanian psychoanalysis. Been there, done that. And I won't do it again, because I think it is reasonable to…
In six months time it will be exactly 50 years since human beings last set foot on the moon. It will also be 50 years since humans last ventured outside…
Being more of a r-strategy person myself, one that works hard and reproduces a lot (live fast and die young, if you like), I have never been very…
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