Dienstag, 30. August 2016

Humans: Our own hostile force of nature?

Mark Flinn, professor of anthropology at University of Missouri, joins the Biological Realist Podcast to discuss the contributions of Richard Alexander to the evolutionary theory of human sociality.


[h/t Charles]

Global Variation in Homicide/Suicide Ratio


In Japan, there are roughly 62 times as many suicides as homicides. (Iceland 47:1, North Korea 41:1) In Jamaica, there are roughly 30 times as many homicides as suicides. (Venezuela 24:1, Honduras 15:1, South Africa 11:1)

data: 1,2

mistakes & slips:

"Although 'mistake' has a loose meaning in common language, it has come to have a rather precise technical meaning among those who study error, due the way it has been used in the work of Reason (1990) and Norman (1988), who distinguish between 'slips' and 'mistakes'. Mistakes are planning failures: errors of judgment, inference or the like, when actions go as planned-but the plan is bad. ...
A 'slip' is defined as an action not in accord with the actor's intention, the result of a good plan but a poor execution."

Senders & Moray, 1991

Human Nature News Podcast:

Human Nature News Podcast:
Michael A. Woodley interviewed by Frank Salter (Jul 2016)

Montag, 29. August 2016

"The best predictor of girls' willingness to take a particular risk is their belief about the likelihood of getting hurt, while for boys it is the perceived severity of the injury. That is, girls tend to avoid risks if they think they might get hurt, while boys seem to be willing to take risks if they do not think they will get too hurt."

Donnerstag, 25. August 2016

"Ideologically, MMC [Mutual Mate Choice] models can sound like they naturalize neo-Victorian family values of slow courtship, careful mate choice, voluntary eugenics, long-term monogamy, sexual fidelity, and paternal duty."

Geoffrey Miller

Mittwoch, 24. August 2016

>A central aspect of consciousness is the ability to look ahead, the capability that we call "foresight." It is the ability to plan ...<

Richard D. Alexander