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…
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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 debate whether breastfeeding increases children's IQ or not continues. I'm a bit surprised that people interested in this issue rely so much on…
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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…
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Scott Alexander writes at length about the debate about the risk that a hyperintelligent AI will destroy humanity. The idea is that it could build up…
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In my previous post, I accused computers of not thinking and people with extremely high IQs of not also being extremely skilled thinkers. It got no…
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We will never agree The local garbage dump is one of my favorite places in the world. I get such a nice feeling of relief when I see my former…
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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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The last couple of weeks have changed many things in the world. One of the most distressing changes is that the possibility of nuclear war is once more…
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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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In modern times, myopia is taken for granted. A lot of people need glasses, contact lenses or a scary operation, and that's the way it is. Still, myopia…
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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…
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