Smart, Religious, and Gay: Was there Group Selection?

The first thing you need to know is that personality is mostly genetic. I recently watched this interview with Michael Woodley. I cannot verity the veracity of his claims, but they are interesting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOudO5EPI0M&t=1s There is a lot of controversy, in the study of evolution and society, about the term “group selection.” Mostly unfair. Here’s … Continue reading Smart, Religious, and Gay: Was there Group Selection?

Speech: Robin Hanson explains human signaling

The Elephant in the Brain, a speech based on his book of the same name, by Robin Hanson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4lEvvY1r5U&t=2s Although Hanson's delivery may be a little annoying, I like this speech because of the sheer number of "hidden truths" about society that it explains. It's a rundown on just how many social norms are facades. … Continue reading Speech: Robin Hanson explains human signaling

The errors with Bret Weinstein’s four-part test of adaption

A biologist I admire, Bret Weinstein, employs a four-part test to determine whether a trait is the product of evolution. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtdOhBoZfNg Is it complex? Does it have a cost? Is there variation in the amount of cost that is spent? Does it persist over evolutionary time? If a trait has all of those characteristics, then … Continue reading The errors with Bret Weinstein’s four-part test of adaption