Purging a Blogger Who Offends Sets a Very Dangerous Precedent

Many individuals, including Jews, support the right of Holocaust deniers to spew their astonishing anti-Semitism at leading universities. What could possibly justify purging bloggers who offend? To quote Noam Chomsky (whose political views I otherwise find distasteful): “If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.”

Evolutionary Psychology Is Distinctly Nonracist

A dominant pursuit of evolutionary psychology is the cataloging of human universals that transcend cultural, ethnic, religious, and racial boundaries. Accordingly, if anything, evolutionary psychology is distinctly nonracist (in that it is typically minimally concerned with identifying racial differences).

Men’s Testosterone Levels at a Sex Club: Can You Feel the Rise?

What happens to men’s testosterone levels when they visit a sex/swingers club? Well, it depends on whether they actively participate in various sexual activities, or simply engage in some steamy voyeurism.

Evolutionary Psychologists Are Largely Composed of Sexist Men Except…

There is an old expression in Arabic, which when translated into English goes something like this: If grandma had testicles we would have called her grandpa. This quip should be of particular interest to some critics of evolutionary psychology.

How Do the Religious and Atheists Compare on Homophobia?

Religious folks repeatedly accuse atheists of being void of a moral compass. It turns out that atheists are much more likely to support gay rights. Does this make them more or less moral? It depends on whether you believe that people have the right to choose whom they should have sex with.

Wishful and Delusional Ideology Trumps Science: The Noble Savage (Part II).

In part II of this two-part series, I offer some rebuttals to a recent post that sought to castigate evolutionary psychologists for their apparently faulty views of human nature. This is my third post in less than fifteen hours!

Wishful and Delusional Ideology Trumps Science: The Noble Savage (Part I).

Evolutionary psychologists: Why are you so evil as to let unequivocal scientific and historical facts trump my wishful dreams of the utopian Noble Savage?

Female Hitchhikers Wearing Red Are More Likely To Be Picked Up (By Men)

In some contexts, men display a visual penchant for women wearing a red accoutrement (e.g., red lipstick, red lingerie, red stilettos). Read about the manifestation of this “red effect” in the context of hitchhiking.

Religious Beliefs: Divine Revelations or Mental Disorder?

Take the same religious belief. It is either a sign of mental illness (if the belief is held solely by one individual) or a sign of divine revelation (if the belief is held by a community of religious believers).

The Scourge of Moral Relativism

Moral absolutes do exist and one does not need religion to generate these. This is the central tenet in Sam Harris’s latest book. You’d be surprised at the number of intellectuals who disagree with him.

Sex Differences in Post-Sex Activities…Let’s Cuddle!

“Sex, on the whole, was meant to be short, nasty and brutish. If what you want is cuddling, you should buy a puppy.” – Julie Burchill (British author)

My Recent TED Talk: The Consuming Instinct

Watch me in action at the recent TED event lecturing about the evolutionary and biological roots of our consuming instinct.

The Milgram Experiment as a French Game Show.

On a recent fake French game show, 81% of participants administered a sufficiently large electric shock capable of killing an individual posing as a willing player (shown in the teaser image feigning pain). The Milgram experiment rears its ugly head yet again.
Pregnancy Sickness Could Be Beneficial for Your Growing Baby

Pregnancy Sickness Could Be Beneficial for Your Growing Baby

Notwithstanding the discomfort associated with pregnancy sickness, a growing number of studies point to its adaptive benefits.

Penis Size and Preferred Sexual Roles Among Gay Men

Within the gay subculture, some men are referred to as “tops” while others as “bottoms” (the active versus passive role in anal sex). A recent study finds that the role that a gay man identifies as being (top or bottom) is linked to the size of his penis.

Rabbi “Informs” Me That Evolution Has Been Disproven!

Mr. Darwin: Your theory has been disproven as a silly hoax...I should know: I am a rabbi.

Full Bladder Decreases Desire for Immediate Monetary Rewards

If you wish to avoid being impulsive when making financial decisions, tackle such decisions on a full bladder!

Consuming Sugar Decreases Desire for Immediate Monetary Rewards

Your blood glucose levels affect whether you prefer a smaller monetary reward now versus a larger one in the future. Specifically, lack of sugar makes you more oriented toward immediate rewards (more impulsive).  See also my TED talk photos!

Tavis Smiley versus Bill Maher and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

In the most recent episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, the irreverent host challenged Tavis Smiley's breathtaking capacity to draw hallucinatory moral equivalences between American values and those found in other cultures.

“Zapping” the Brain Affects Moral Judgments

The application of transcranial magnetic stimulation to a specific region of the brain alters individuals' moral judgments.

Communism/Socialism: “Great Idea. Wrong Species.” (E. O. Wilson)

Egalitarianism as implied by the socialist ethos is either wonderfully just or brutishly punitive depending on whether you are a net beneficiary of such a system or not. Furthermore, socialism is differentially attractive depending on whether you are a social ant or a human!

Sex Differences in the Delusional Romantic Obsession Toward Famous People.

Celebrities are oftentimes the targets of delusional and obsessive romantic overtures from crazed fans, a form of erotomania. Congruent with evolutionary theory, male and female erotomaniacs display sex-specific preferences in their "love" targets.

The Menstrual Cycle Affects Daughter-Father Phone Interactions.

The likelihood and extent to which daughters interact with their fathers on the phone is contingent on their menstrual cycles. When maximally fertile, women are more likely to avoid their fathers.

Atheists and Religious Folks Are Astonishingly Similar in Their Non-Belief.

Of say 1,000 distinct Gods, an atheist believes in none whereas a highly religious person disbelieves in 999 Gods other than the "one true" God. It would seem that atheists and the religious are almost perfectly united in their non-belief.

Pick Up Lines Work Best When Romantic Music Has Just Played in the Background.

Gentlemen: If you are about to approach a woman to ask for her phone number, she's more likely to offer it if a romantic song has just played in the background. Pray for a song by The Delfonics, as they are likely to deliver!

Hormonal Levels Predict the Likelihood of Women to Stray.

"When you're in love with a beautiful woman, it's hard." These classic lyrics from a 1979 song by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show were recently validated in a study linking a woman's estradiol level to her penchant to stray.

Men: You’re Only As Good-Looking As The Car That You’re Driving.

We are constantly told that men are "shallow" because they place such undue attention on women's looks. Not surprisingly, women are as "superficial" in their evaluation of men's looks. Gentlemen: the car that you drive will determine how good-looking you're perceived to be.

The What-Is-Beautiful-Is-Good Effect in Disney Movies.

A recent study of Disney films finds that physically attractive characters are ascribed more positive qualities than their less attractive counterparts. Hence, it would seem that the what-is-beautiful-is-good effect is operative within the Disney realm.

Does Negative Mood Affect One’s Decision-Making Efforts?

If you are in a depressed mood, are you more or less likely to expend effort when making a decision? The findings might surprise you. On a separate note, I recently celebrated two years as a PT blogger…1,024,000 hits later…thank you for the readership!

Do Contemporary American Women Take Their Husband’s Surnames?

How common is it for American women to change their maiden names once they get married? Furthermore, what is the strongest predictor for retaining one's maiden name?