The “Birds and the Bees” Differ for Boys and Girls

In a forthcoming publication in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences with my undergraduate RAs and developmental psychologist Dawn K. Melzer, I explored the content of communications that parents have with their children about sex. Our participants’ parents were more focused on guarding the sexuality of their daughters than their sons.

Homo Professoris, Part V: The Born Again Evangelical Atheist

In the true spirit of this blog's title, "Evolutionary Entertainment," I bring you Part V in an ongoing series on the daily life of Homo professoris.

Interviews with My Intellectual Idols: Part III

This installment focuses on my January 2014 interview with the world’s most decorated living scientist, Harvard University’s Edward O. Wilson. Among hundreds of other accolades, Ed is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-fiction and recipient of the Crafoord Prize, biology’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

Dearest Daughter Emily

Dearest Daughter Emily: I write you this letter a month shy of completing your fifth ellipse around Earth's sun, knowing full well that you cannot yet read it. Indeed, I know not when or where you will eventually encounter this. I simply know that whenever you do and wherever you are, you are the Love of my life.

Homo Professoris, Part IV: Survival of The Blender Avoider?

To increase students’ attention and information retention, I make ample use of the bizarre mnemonic when lecturing. Occasionally though, a student will echo my bizarre, vivid example from class on an exam and leave me wondering, "Did I really say that?" This is one of those times.

Interviews with My Intellectual Idols: Part II

This installment focuses on my interview this past January with one of the world’s most decorated scientists, Harvard University’s Edward O. Wilson. Among hundreds of other accolades, Ed is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-fiction and recipient of the Crafoord Prize, biology’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

Homo Professoris, Part III: The 'Show Me Your Big D' Lecture

Although my lectures are not without awkward funniness, the humor is usually intentional. One of today’s lectures was an exception. I chalk it up to the Advil PMs I popped last night when my insomnia kicked in. Whatever the cause, I gave a lecture this afternoon that my students will always remember…for all the wrong reasons.

Conservatism as a Mental Illness: Part II

I’ve long been fascinated by Münchausen syndrome by proxy and I’ve long thought that the only notable person to have it was Eminem’s mother (per his "Cleanin' Out My Closet" lyrics). But maybe I was wrong. Maybe the GOP collectively suffers from MSBP...and we from them.

Interviews with My Intellectual Idols: Part I

Ever wish you could meet one of your intellectual idols? Maybe shake her hand? Maybe say how much her work has meant to you? Well, I got to meet, greet, and convey my gratitude to many of the Mental Giants that have most influenced my meager mind. And then I sat down and they let me interview them, on film, for a good half hour. Wow...

On the Origin of an Evolutionary Psychologist

Are you thinking about pursuing evolutionary psychology as a career? Here are the top 10 most important things to know to become an evolutionary psychologist.

Homo professoris, Part II: The Email Reply

In the true spirit of this blog's title, "Evolutionary Entertainment," I bring you Part II in an ongoing series on the daily life of Homo professoris: The rakish response to a freshman's facepalm-inducing email you wish you could send.

Homo professoris, Part I: The Nasal Groom

In the true spirit of this blog's title, "Evolutionary Entertainment," I bring you Part 1 in an ongoing series on the daily life of Homo professoris as he nasal grooms in advance of the semester’s first class.

This is Why Conservatives Don’t Believe in Global Warming

This sort of nonsense is an indictment of science and is why many conservatives don’t believe in global warming. They shouldn’t. As long as the most prestigious journals publish this kind of political masturbation we have no right to demand that the public take us seriously. When politics and good science collide there is no reason the public should bet on science.

Why My Ex-Wife is Blogging's Rookie of the Year

A picture of your family on CNN's homepage usually means that they've been kidnapped or killed. This is so much better.

Born Both Ways?

Given women’s flexible sexual responsiveness to both sexes, a growing notion among relationship researchers is that women’s sexuality is fluid. But why would sexual selection have fashioned motivational mechanisms to engage in sexual behaviors with members of the same sex?

Pope Francis is Not Necessarily Dumb

Although it may be humorous and satisfying to assert that a Pope or anyone else who believes in a God is unintelligent, such a conclusion is patently false.

Pariahs as Predators, Prey, and Parasites

"In Rwanda they referred to Tutsis as cockroaches. They were not human beings…[They said,] 'Don’t worry, you’re not killing humans like you. You are killing some vermin that belongs under your shoe. You’re killing cockroaches.'"

Are Babies Stoned?

William James famously described babies’ mental states “as one great blooming, buzzing confusion.” Whether their confusion is beset with blooms or buzzes, the similarities between being a baby and being baked are uncanny.

Ten Misconceptions about Psychology

Many students enter the introductory psychology course assuming that they’re destined to excel in it because they’re knowledgeable about their own and others’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Little do they know that much of what they “know” about psychology is not worth knowing.

Conservatism as a Mental Illness

Ten telltale signs of mental illness are evident among prominent Republican politicians: denial, delusion, hallucination, disordered thinking, anger, anti-social behavior, sexual preoccupation, grandiosity, general oddness, and paranoia.

Chris Rock PhD, Honorary Professor of Evo Psyc (Part 3 of 3)

While evolutionary psychology has blossomed because of its unique ability to explore human nature, Chris Rock’s stand-up routines have vaulted him into the pantheon of comedic talents because they reflect human nature. Rock's riffs are funny because they're true (because they evoke our evolved psychology).

Chris Rock PhD, Honorary Professor of Evo Psyc (Part 2 of 3)

While evolutionary psychology has blossomed because of its unique ability to explore human nature, Chris Rock’s stand-up routines have vaulted him into the pantheon of comedic talents because they reflect human nature. Rock's riffs are funny because they're true (because they evoke our evolved psychology).

Chris Rock PhD, Honorary Professor of Evo Psyc (Part 1 of 3)

While evolutionary psychology has blossomed because of its unique ability to explore human nature, Chris Rock’s stand-up routines have vaulted him into the pantheon of comedic talents because they reflect human nature. Rock's riffs are funny because they're true (because they evoke our evolved psychology).

Giving Feminism a Bad Name

Do you consider yourself to be a feminist? If you're like the overwhelming majority of American men and women, you do not. And gender feminists are partly to blame.

LGBTQ Is Lousy

If Obama can evolve on same-sex marriage then maybe the lousy LGBTQ acronym can evolve too.

Why Do Pols Want to Police Dick & Jane's Private Parts?

Polls with genitalia-laden names seem fixated on gonads.

Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Upon discovering that a mate has been unfaithful to you, which are you more likely to ask of him [or her]? "Did you have sex with her [him]?" or "Do you love her [him]?"