Posts from ‘February, 2009’

Until you master your reflexes, you’re a political disaster

Why voting should be reserved for those who’ve gotten control of themselves: By some stretch of the imagination, then, it’s not too unreasonable to imagine asking a candidate whether he or she would smother a baby to death. It may seem abominable to pose such a question, but let’s explain. Imagine we’re at war, and…

The socially concealed ongoing human evolution

While Cochran and Harpending don’t have much respect for Gould, their book serves to complement the much-touted Jared Diamond’s 1997 bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, showing you what Diamond left out in his successful bid for political correctness. So, what happened 10,000 years ago? Agriculture. Farming changed everything. Planting crops and raising livestock allowed the…

Natural selection at work

“[Our] findings show that a natural, common mutation in the GRIK4 gene protects against bipolar disorder,” said Ben Pickard, lead author of a study in this week’s issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and a member of the department of medical genetics at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. “If a…

The water wars

We warned you some time ago. Now, there’s some alarming news about the imminent water wars: Dwindling water supplies are a greater risk to businesses than oil running out, a report for investors has warned. Among the industries most at risk are high-tech companies, especially those using huge quantities of water to manufacture silicon chips;…

Why to lead a moral life

A mother’s life experience can affect the biology of her offspring, according to new animal research in the February 4 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. The study shows that a stimulating environment improved the memory of young mice with a memory-impairing genetic defect and also improved the memory of their eventual offspring. The findings…

The future of our evolution

You will not hear this in the mainstream media, because it’s socially unacceptable. That’s at an even more basic level of human taboo that political correctness. It offends people who have no politics, because it offends their conception of themselves as “in control.” You have a choice for human future: Eugenics Genetic Engineering Natural Selection…

Obama’s plan: attack the upper middle class

Most liberals are middle-class people living in cities, so they are unable to save any money and are too narcissistic to have families. Their goal? To be the wrecking balls that does in the suburban upper middle class. During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama tempered his pledge to substantially raise taxes for high earners with…

The mystery of Jewish genetics

While the Jews of today are connected historically and religiously to the Jews of ancient Israel, the DNA evidence also indicates that a significant amount of Jewish ancestry can be traced directly back to their Israelite/Middle Eastern ancestors. However, these ancestors represented a heterogeneous mix of Semitic and Mediterranean groups, even at their very beginnings….

How we exterminate species

Researchers have been racing against time to find a cure for the deadly facial tumour disease threatening the tasmanian devil with extinction. The problem is a lack of genetic diversity because of inbreeding. “We’re also looking at ancient DNA from samples that have been collected from animal skins, collected from animals that have gone extinct…

When altruism is suicide

People still do it for that sense of group approval: Su­i­cide at­tacks—today most of­ten as­so­ci­at­ed with acts against Amer­i­cans or Is­raelis by Mus­lims—seem to be one as­pect of a wid­er phe­nom­e­non in which col­lec­tive re­li­gious rit­u­al fos­ters a mind­set known as pa­ro­chi­al al­tru­ism, ac­cord­ing to psy­chol­o­gists. Pa­ro­chi­al al­tru­ism is a com­bina­t­ion of neg­a­tive at­ti­tudes to­ward…

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