Choosing Who to Love: How the West Beat a Game Theory Trap While China Embraced It

This article was written by a different author than usual. It is a contribution from the editor.  Something that has been mentioned previously on this blog is how culture is influenced by natural selection. A society’s culture acts much in the same way as a species’ genome, as they are both products of and determining … Continue reading Choosing Who to Love: How the West Beat a Game Theory Trap While China Embraced It

The pendulum swings left

“Politics is downstream from culture,” a common saying, has some truth to it. But it’s incomplete. Here is a more comprehensive version. Politics is downstream from culture, which is downstream from metapolitics, which is downstream from metaculture. Politics refers to who gets elected and such things. Culture refers to pop media. Metapolitics means the language … Continue reading The pendulum swings left

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