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Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 7th, 2011, 09:46 PM
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Posted By ToddStark
Post Political differences reflected in brain structure

I learned about this possibility first from Jim Brody. Ryota Kanai backs him up.

"Previously, some psychological traits were known to be predictive of an individual's political orientation," said...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology March 28th, 2011, 05:13 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 23,331
Posted By ToddStark
Post Strong non-belief as a threat response?

Jonathan Lanman studies the cognitive anthrpology of religious beliefs and atheism. He has an intriguing opinion article in New Scientist where he says: "explaining religion or atheism is less a...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology March 28th, 2011, 12:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 23,906
Posted By ToddStark
Re: Imprinting Diversity

Maybe! That's why I posted it here, I knew you'd have some fascinating implications on this.
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology March 26th, 2011, 10:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 23,906
Posted By ToddStark
Post Imprinting Diversity

Interesting brief interview with Joachim Messing where he discusses a recent paper that found many more imprinted genes in mammals, suggesting this may be a major form of epigenetic regulation and an...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology March 25th, 2011, 12:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 26,373
Posted By ToddStark
Re: Fight of our Lives

Interesting review. Thanks!
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology February 5th, 2011, 05:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 18,365
Posted By ToddStark
Re: Conservative Fear Center? Nope!

I agree, in that I'm not comfortable with the characterization of conservatism as "fear-driven" without a lot of further characterization. We do tend to crystallize beliefs and attitudes into...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology February 5th, 2011, 05:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 18,680
Posted By ToddStark
Re: Imprinting: Attacks on Palin & Bachmann

Regarding the American political spectrum and perception of Sarah Palin ...

Sarah is reasonably attractive, but I am very suspicious that it is much of a factor in her unpopularity with the left. ...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology February 5th, 2011, 05:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 18,178
Posted By ToddStark
Thumbs up Re: Fred Hussey's Hello

I like your emergent deity, pretty cool.
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology June 5th, 2010, 07:59 PM
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Views: 7,502
Posted By ToddStark
Ed Wilson's journey from biology to fiction via ants

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/jun/06/biology-wilson-anthill-bestseller

That lifetime has mostly involved the comprehensive study of a particular world that first intrigued him way back...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 28th, 2010, 12:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 25,208
Posted By ToddStark
Re: Melanie: Fairness Flipped

Enjoyed this perspective, thanks!
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 24th, 2010, 08:56 AM
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Views: 6,860
Posted By ToddStark
Question Re: Schiz & Creativity

It's funny, I find the RAT really uncomfortable as well as very difficult, compared to most other kinds of tests. It feels like I'm stretching to find something pointless. There must be something...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 24th, 2010, 08:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 8,479
Posted By ToddStark
Re: Venter: Artificial Life

Another: The index page from EDGE "Age of Wonder", with clips of Venter, Church, others.

http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/age_of_wonder10/age_of_wonder_index.html
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 22nd, 2010, 04:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 8,030
Posted By ToddStark
Arrow Re: The molecular heart of collective behavior

Good point. The article really doesn't give much background for the study of synchronization and the various interesting models, like Kuramoto's ...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 20th, 2010, 10:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 8,479
Posted By ToddStark
Post Re: Venter: Artificial Life

Related stories:

Article in Times Online:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/science/biology_evolution/article7132299.ece

Gushing in Nature:...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 20th, 2010, 10:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 8,030
Posted By ToddStark
The molecular heart of collective behavior

http://www.labspaces.net/103920/Scientists_discover_the_molecular_heart_of_collective_behavior

Birds flock. Fish gather in schools. Bees swarm. Even amoebae clump together in mystifyingly clever...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 17th, 2010, 12:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 10,228
Posted By ToddStark
Re: Review of "The Genius In All Of Us" by David Shenk

Shenk's message is more nuanced that it first appears, and the title belies it a bit. He draws from Patrick Bateson's idea of alternative developmental trajectories and emphasizes how gene x...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 16th, 2010, 01:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 10,228
Posted By ToddStark
Post Review of "The Genius In All Of Us" by David Shenk

Hi Jim,

I hope things are going well and you don't mind me posting a recent review of mine here to get your thoughts. I thought of you a lot while writing it....
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology March 14th, 2010, 02:14 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 7,836
Posted By ToddStark
Post Robin Dunbar interview

Good interview with Dunbar on the role of evolutionary thinking in understanding human behavior, and the accidental discovery of the "Dunbar number" for the number of close social relations we can...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology February 28th, 2010, 12:46 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 8,202
Posted By ToddStark
Life Imitates Math (Steve Strogatz: The Calculus of Friendship)

In his new book, The Calculus of Friendship, math professor and writer Steven Strogatz looks back on his 30-year correspondence with his high school math teacher. Can calculus, differential equations...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology October 16th, 2009, 02:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,187
Posted By ToddStark
Re: Fred Hussey: RIP

I didn't realize Fred was a decade older than me, I always pictured him as younger because of the energy he projected with his writing. It was quite obvious to me that there was nothing mediocre...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology October 3rd, 2009, 03:32 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 4,447
Posted By ToddStark
Post BigThink clips of E.O. Wilson

I found this nice collection of clips of Wilson on various topics:

http://bigthink.com/edwardowilson/ideas
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology September 11th, 2009, 02:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,187
Posted By ToddStark
Re: Fred Hussey: RIP

If he'd treasure those words, I hope he knew that's how I felt before he passed. We infuriated each other in the past but we seemed to understand each other a little better over time as well. He...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology September 11th, 2009, 02:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,056
Posted By ToddStark
Re: "Fixed" Talents and "Acquired" Talents

Jim,

I don't disagree with your observations. I don't discount the concept of talent completely by any means, I just think it makes some sense to de-emphasize it when talking about what people...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology September 7th, 2009, 12:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,187
Posted By ToddStark
Re: Fred Hussey: RIP

I'm sorry for this loss. Fred was always a worthy adversary with a keenly focused mind and a good heart. I loved his obsessions at times when he railed against cognitive therapy and held his own...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology September 6th, 2009, 08:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,056
Posted By ToddStark
Re: Charles Murray: On Real Education

It's interesting to compare Murray's vision of education with fellow psychometric researcher Robert Sternberg. Sternberg identifies two destructive trends in education: hyper-democratization which...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology September 6th, 2009, 07:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 4,718
Posted By ToddStark
Re: Placebo Effects

That E-skeptic piece is an excellent article, which covers the topic very well including the evidence for placebo effects, a good analysis of the best criticisms of the placebo effect concept, and...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology September 6th, 2009, 04:11 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 7,597
Posted By ToddStark
Cool Gregory Berns: Iconoclast - video clip

Great clip of neuroscientist Greg Berns on the point of neuroeconomics and his new book on thinking differently and people who think differently: Iconoclast. Makes a nice intro to the state of...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology June 3rd, 2009, 07:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 7,011
Posted By ToddStark
Re: The Death of Taxonomy and Systematics ?

Hi Tom, thanks for your thoughts!

There are short term costs and there are long term costs. Sometimes the long term costs of something aren't obvious for a long time. My perspective is that we...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology June 2nd, 2009, 09:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 7,011
Posted By ToddStark
Unhappy The Death of Taxonomy and Systematics ?

http://www.the-scientist.com/2009/06/1/32/1/

Lamenting the "paradigm shift" in biology from studying the organism to studying the genome. Can't we study both?

Taxonomy and systematics are...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 16th, 2009, 08:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 5,759
Posted By ToddStark
Thumbs up Gladwell: Jack-Out-Of-The-Box (Weekly Standard)

I thought this Joseph Epstein review of Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers) (http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/016/203uptrs.asp) was a good (largely critical) review of Malcolm...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 15th, 2009, 11:40 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 5,382
Posted By ToddStark
An ocean of small RNAs

Commentary in The Scientist: http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55689/

Nature article: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v459/n7244/abs/nature08055.html...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 15th, 2009, 04:35 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 5,520
Posted By ToddStark
Brain maturity brings increasing long range functional connectivity

Children's brains and adults share the same 4 core networks, but children have more highly locallized brain connectivity whereas adult brains show more long range connectivity with significant...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 11th, 2009, 11:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 6,389
Posted By ToddStark
Post Re: Badcock: A New Split Brain

The "Mouse Trap" blog on cognitive and developmental psychology had a recent commentary about a Nature article possibly relevant to the Badcock-Crespi theory.


There is a recent article in Nature...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 2nd, 2009, 07:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 6,389
Posted By ToddStark
Lightbulb "The Imprinted Brain" by Christopher Badcock

Badcock's book about his theory is coming out shortly. It's oddly styled for an introduction of a new theory to a general audience. It's not that it's technically difficult, it's just that there...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 1st, 2009, 06:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 19,117
Posted By ToddStark
Re: UPDATE ON FRED HUSSEY

Great to see you're well enough to reply, Fred.

Sure, I can be more prone to deliberation than instant decision, but much of what you call wishy washy, I would like to think of as reasonableness. ...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 21st, 2009, 07:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 12,558
Posted By ToddStark
Scientific American on Synchrony

Breezy tour through recent research on collective movement, mirror neurons, and the problem of free riders to suggest how cooperation is a factor in evolution.

Participants were willing to incur...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 11th, 2009, 10:07 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 14,565
Posted By ToddStark
Post Tears of sadness, joy, salt, and manganese

Emotional tears are believed by many researchers to be likely to be unique to humans, and unlike vocal crying they develop months after birth. Perhaps surprisingly there remains some controversy...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 11th, 2009, 09:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 19,117
Posted By ToddStark
Re: UPDATE ON FRED HUSSEY

Fred, you deserve better than a lingering obscure liver disease. You surely deserve a sudden, spectacular disaster, a final rage against entropy. Something ultimately pointless but really...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 5th, 2009, 10:05 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 5,442
Posted By ToddStark
Post Darwin and Psychology, American Psychologist 64:2

American Psychologist: 2009 Volume 64, Issue 2 (Feb-Mar) (http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=browsePA.volumes&jcode=amp&vol=64&issue=2) devotes the latest issue to Darwin and Psychology.
...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 3rd, 2009, 09:04 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 6,954
Posted By ToddStark
Post Evolutionary model of low mood states

"This paper focuses on a central triad of symptoms which are common across many types of low mood, namely anhedonia, fatigue and pessimism. Theorists have argued that, whereas their opposites...
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