Category Archives: Evolution

How burning biomass made us human

[ This is a book review of Wrangham’s “Catching Fire: How cooking made us human”. Fire enabled us to have larger brains from the increased calories in cooked food, held carnivores at bay, killed bacteria, and gave us many other … Continue reading

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Republicans Brains are wired to deny science & reality

[ This is my book review of Chris Mooney’s 2012 “The Republican Brain. The Science of Why They Deny Science—and Reality”. After my review is the first chapter of Mooney’s book, and after that my thoughts about Democratic versus Republican … Continue reading

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Book Review of Paleofantasy: What Evolution really tells us about sex, diet, and how we live

Alice Friedemann’s review of: Marlene Zuk. 2013. Paleofantasy: What Evolution really tells us about sex, diet, and how we live. My first introduction to Evolutionary Psychology was “The Adapted Mind” which posited we’re unhappy because of the tremendous difference between … Continue reading

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The Big 5 Personality Traits – psychobabble or science?

Alice Friedemann’s review of : Daniel Nettle.  2008.  “Personality, What makes you the way you are”.  Oxford University Press. Scientists have considered psychology to be a very soft science at best and quackery or psychobabble at worst.  But psychology is … Continue reading

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Getting in Touch With Your Inner Neanderthal

A review of: Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending. 2009. “The 10,000 Year Explosion. How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution”. Basic Books. This book makes the astounding claim that our evolution has sped up 100 times faster in the past 10,000 years … Continue reading

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