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Context and Variation

Will the Pill Mess Up My Ability to Detect My One True Love?

It’s vacation time for Team Family, as my daughter calls us. While we’re skating and skiing, enjoy this repost from my old blog on hormonal contraceptives and mate choice. Imagine you are a single, heterosexual woman. You meet a nice man at the driving range, or on a blind date. You like him and he [...]

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Hot for Obama, But Only When This Smug Married Is Not Ovulating

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You all must forgive me for this blog post. You see, I am in my premenstrual phase, and so with all my insane-o premenstrual symptoms I simply cannot access the part of my brain that makes political decisions. Perhaps when I get through the devastation and physical wreckage we ladies like to think of as [...]

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Interrogating Claims about Natural Sexual Behavior: More on Deep Thinking Hebephile

Graph demonstrating that girls who begin giving birth as young adolescents have lower reproductive success in relation to total parity

In his SciAm post addendum (scroll to the bottom), Jesse Bering has been very gracious. This post really isn’t about that now-infamous advice column, but about broader ways to interrogate claims people make. This post is another way of thinking about Sci and my #scio12 session on “Sex, gender and controversy” (see our other session [...]

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The Duggars Demonstrate Life History Trade-Offs Around Quality Versus Quantity of Offspring

Back in the day, when many anthropologists assume we were all egalitarian foragers living off the land, women may not have thought on how many offspring they wanted. Contraceptives and abortifacents have likely been with us a very long time, yet various environmental stressors probably suppressed reproductive function enough of the time that this was [...]

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Context and Variation

Mate magnet madness: when the range of possible explanations exceeds your own hypothesis

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This blog post first appeared on my blog on March 4th, 2011. I’m sharing it with the Scientific American audience today because I’ve assigned this post to my students for next week. Plus, who doesn’t love a good John Tierney takedown? My daughter will be three in just a few weeks. She loves telling stories. [...]

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Context and Variation

Parenting is not just for the ladies: on testosterone, fatherhood, and why lower hormones are good for you

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This morning was a bit rough. “Where’s Daddy?” asked my daughter as she climbed into bed before dawn to snuggle. “It was Daddy’s turn to go to work early,” I explained. It used to be that I was the parent she turned to for everything. But the last few weeks, with preschool and a new [...]

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Observations

Socioeconomic Factors Trump Race and Geography for Odds of Living to Old Age

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Whether or not you will live past 70 depends on a seemingly infinite number of small variables: genes, lifestyle, whether or not you are hit by a bus, etcetera. Tied into that prediction have long been race and location. Black males in southern cities, for example, typically have a shorter life expectancy than white males [...]

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Observations

The Perils and Pleasures of Online Gaming for Married Life

If someone asked you to sketch a portrait of a gamer who spends countless hours each week inhabiting an avatar—say, an elf or a warlock—in a virtual fantasy world, what kind of person would you draw? A teenage boy whose pimply forehead hovers mere centimeters from the computer screen? Needless to say, such stereotypes are [...]

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Streams of Consciousness

Benefits of Online Attraction: The Movie

Courtesy of Katsunojiri via Flickr.

Biologist Carin Bondar features my blog, “Meeting Your Spouse Online May Lead to a Better Marriage,” (and me!) in her video compilation of Scientific American blog network hits for the month of June. In her series, “The Headlines Have It!–Best of the Blogs,” Bondar also showcases blogger Felicity Muth chatting about her post, “Are Pigs [...]

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Streams of Consciousness

Meeting Your Spouse Online May Lead to a Better Marriage

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I met my husband at a party in a bygone era. He had no online profile. Neither did I. We didn’t trade email addresses, as neither of us had one of those either. He seemed like a good guy–and a party was as good a venue as any for meeting a future spouse. He still [...]

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Streams of Consciousness

The Importance of Being Social

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Guest Blog by Leonard Mlodinow* One advantage of belonging to a cohesive society in which people help each other is that the group is often better equipped than a set of individuals to deal with threats from the outside. People intuitively realize there is strength in numbers, and take comfort in the company of others, [...]

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Streams of Consciousness

What You Need to Succeed—and How to Find Out If You Have It

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Whether you succeed at work may depend on many factors—intelligence, empathy, self-control, talent and persistence, to name a few. But one determinant may outweigh many of these: how you perceive those around you. New research suggests that your own ability to get things done—not to mention your success in non-work relationships—is highly correlated with how [...]

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Streams of Consciousness

What Is the Secret to a Happy Marriage? A New Film Offers Unusual Answers

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In the U.S., 90 percent of us get married—and usually without a whole lot of thought. We may do it for love, which is fine, but arguably a dubious reason to tie the knot. You can love someone perfectly well without marrying him, after all. We get married because, that’s what people do. For women [...]

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