Mothers: Having a rich diet within the preconception stage, as well as consuming cereals will apparently increase your likelihood of having a boy. Consumer behavior meets reproductive medicine! The teaser image could not be more à propos!
There are two ways for humans to be immortal, neither of which requires a belief in a deity. The teaser image captures these two paths, namely genetic propagation and memetic diffusion (shown here as a musical score that might "live" on forever). Read More
A forthcoming paper in Psychological Science finds that the mere viewing of photos of communicable diseases (e.g., an individual sneezing) triggers a concerted immunological response in those exposed to the visual stimulus. Read More
Do women form friendships with same-sex others of roughly equal physical attractiveness (which I hereafter refer to as the Mean Girls effect in honor of the 2004 teenage movie of that name)? See the interesting findings obtained in a recent study published in Human Nature.
It would seem that to be a self-respecting American progressive, you must adopt the affectations of cultural self-hate. According to many "liberal" academics, the United States is to blame for nearly every conceivable global ill that has ever taken place.
Many people succumb to the so-called overconfidence bias, namely, holding a rosy belief of one's abilities. Is this proclivity to be overconfident due to nature, nurture, or both? Not surprisingly, a recent study finds that overconfidence is a product of both our genes and our unique environments.
In my experience, I have found that entrepreneurs commit three classic decision making errors: (1) Build it and they will come; (2) Outlandish overconfidence that does not permit one to learn from incoming information; (3) Selectively focusing on information that supports one's decision whilst ignoring that which disconfirms it. Taken together, these constitute the perfect elements for a bad decision making recipe. Read More
Postmodernism, deconstructionism, cultural relativism, political correctness, and an ethos of collective self-guilt constitute the perfect brew for creating the collapse of Western liberal democracies. Read More
The wedding ring effect refers to the folk belief that married men, who signal their marital status via the wearing of a wedding ring, are construed by women as more desirable. Before you single guys rush out to buy fake wedding bands, read this post!
Hooters is reputed for hiring shapely waitresses who are otherwise scantily clad. You might also recall the infamous Seinfeld episode wherein Elaine is angered by the fact that the restaurant wherein she hangs out seems to have instituted a new hiring policy (big-breasted waitresses). A Cornell professor recently tested the premise that a waitress's breast size might be positively correlated to her tips...it is! Read More
Pam Connolly recently interviewed Gene Simmons on the British show Shrink Rap. The host inquired about Mr. Simmons' first sexual experience, to which he replied that he had been seduced during his newspaper route by a twenty-year old female customer when he was 13 or 14 years old. Dr. Connolly proceeded to "explain" to Mr. Simmons that he had been "raped" by this woman, and that this explained why he had gone on such a sexual rampage in his adult life. Nice!
The suburbia effect with its inhospitable urban sprawl has led to "non-walkable" cities that have deleterious effects on one's health (e.g., obesity and cardiovascular disease). Accordingly, the walkability of a neighborhood must be incorporated within a concerted public policy effort to create healthier urban living conditions.
Men display differential levels of generosity as a function of the sex of the person with whom they are interacting. Specifically, men are more generous to women than they are to other men. No such effect is evident for women, as they are equally generous irrespective of the sex of the individual to whom they are opposed.
Whereas many beauty metrics are socially constructed, evolutionarily relevant ones are universally defined. Accordingly, the "beauty-is-a-social construction" tenet is grossly incomplete, misleading, and simply wrong. Read More
Why is it that religiously founded universities can openly discriminate on the basis of religion (as long as they do not accept government funds) whereas secular universities must go through great lengths to accommodate religious requests? Not a single special dispensation should be granted to anyone on the basis of their religion when entering the halls of a secular university. Incidentally, how come atheists cannot benefit from any special dispensation in the university setting?
Do women alter their walking gaits as a function of their menstrual status, and if so, are men able to detect such subtle nonverbal cues? It turns out that when it comes to viewing women, men are indeed quite observant!
The what-is-beautiful-is-good effect has been documented across numerous social settings. Does it occur when students evaluate their professors' teaching effectiveness? The answer is an empathetic yes! Attractive professors (both men and women) receive statistically significantly higher teaching evaluations than their "non-hot" counterparts.
Bill Maher hates the religious mindset yet he seems to have a religious-like partisanship to his preferred political party. Quite ironic that an individual who proclaims to be so logical can be so lacking in nuanced thinking. Such is the poisonous allure of all-or-nothing thinking. Read More
In the Old Testament, men of high-status (patriarchs, kings, judges) had a lot more sex than their lower ranked counterparts, as evidenced by the fact that they had more wives, more concubines, and they took the liberty to have sex with greater frequency with the men of other women, as well as having a lot more sex with their slaves and servants. It pays to be a King! Read More
Recent data originating from wildly different sources including an analysis of advertised online escorts, eye-tracking and brain imaging studies, and elicited preferences of men from Papua New Guinea, all point to the same incontrovertible fact: Men have an innate preference for the hourglass figure.
Men who view pornographic images that are associated with sperm competition (multiple men having sex with one woman) produce sperm possessing greater motility than their male counterparts who view images that do not trigger sperm competition (e.g., an image of three women have sex with one another). Read More
According to an Italian study, women who consumed chocolate daily scored higher on the Female Sexual Function Index (desire subscale and total score) than their counterparts who did not do so on a daily basis. Chocolate anyone? Read More
Women's perceived attractiveness of a man is highly dependent on the socioeconomic status that is signaled by his attire. Furthermore, the likelihood of a woman partaking in any one of six types of relationships with a given man is dependent on the status of his clothes.