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intelligence in males correlated with monogamy

Posted in on human behavior by huhinteresting on March 2, 2010

According to a new report written by a London School of Economics and Political Science professor, Dr Satoshi Kanazawa, intelligent men are evolutionarily predisposed towards monogamy, liberalism and atheism. While sexual exclusivity belies the promiscuous psychological “programming” of early man, intelligent men are able to adapt to modern society which reinforces monogamy over promiscuity. The report is published in the March issues of Social Psychology Quarterly and is paid subscription only, but Dr. Kanazawa provides a free link to the article on his website.

I’ve also encountered some studies which report that skeezoid *an colloquial, but useful term when employed in academic contexts* males who exhibit traits social scientists deem the “dark triad” (narcissism, thrill-seeking and deceitfulness) have a larger number of affairs, trysts and short-term relationships. Dr. Peter Jonason, of New Mexico University in Las Cruces, believes the “dark triad” to be a set of genetically predisposed traits, stating in an article in New Scientist Magazine, “We have some evidence these traits may represent a successful evolutionary strategy.”

My 2 sense:

  1. Erm … studies are vague. Especially sociological studies. Also, studies that examine social evolution are handling a tricky and malleable construct.
  2. Not to pit the two against each other, but the Dr. Kanazawa’s report (increased IQ = increased predilection to monogamy) is based on an examination of two studies: the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health and the General Social Survey. Meanwhile, Dr. Jonason surveyed 200 college kids for his study. Hmmmm.

Just let it all mull about the mind.

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also in texas

Posted in on human behavior, the funny, the happy by huhinteresting on February 22, 2010

a lady pets a giant hamster. it’s a capybara and is the largest rodent in the world. a gentle animal found in and around Venezuela, the capybara allows humans to feed and care for it.

interestingly, the catholic church classifies the animal as ‘fish.” making it rather popular to eat during lent. i’ll leave you to grapple with that theological twist.

trend watch 2010

Posted in on human behavior, the delicious by huhinteresting on February 21, 2010

i am hoping that the cakeball trend spawned in Texas is a fad that sweeps the nation, simply because I love sayin’ CAKEBALLS!

(thanks to Bry)

internet usage and psychological disturbances: study shows lack of causation

Posted in my time, on human behavior by huhinteresting on February 21, 2010

This study by Dr. Chiungjung Huang out of the National Changhua University of Education in Taiwan reveals a lack of evidence linking depression, loneliness and declined sense of self-esteem with various levels of internet usage. With an examination of over 40 studies representing an overall sample size of 20,000+ participants, the study is an offers an interesting counter to the argument that increased online leads to a decline in psychological well-being.

you should still go outside and talk to people tho … okbai.

we did not evolve into long-term thinkers

Posted in on human behavior by huhinteresting on May 21, 2009

times_brains_not_greenhuh interesting nytimes magazine article on how the evolution of the human mind is in discord with our ability to think in the long-term.

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on getting older – texts from last night dot com

Posted in on human behavior, the funny by huhinteresting on May 2, 2009

this site assures me that growing up is actually a good thing

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heather’s prodigal portrait

Posted in on human behavior, the happy by huhinteresting on May 1, 2009

my friend heather, of heather’s in the east village, hung one of her favorite paintings in her bar: this portrait of a young man in what appears to be a bowling shirt.

heathers_painting

it’s been one of the main focal points of her establishment as people debate who he resembles the most (my money’s on DJ from roseanne). a few months back a girl came into the bar on a raucous fall night and stole him right off the wall right from under the bar’s proverbial nose. the entire thing was caught on tape and over the next few weeks heather posted signs with images of the girl-thief. she’s been vigilant about posting and reposting her signs.

well, a few weeks ago the painting arrived on heather’s doorstep. thus making this painting: the prodigal portrait. and a great story. to the girl who stole the painting: while you are an asshole, you did a good thing by giving it back.

we all love that painting so.