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Chewing the Fat with Diet “Journalist” Gary Taubes

Chewing the Fat With Diet “Journalist” Gary Taubes

Weight-loss research has generated headlines lately, leading me to wonder what my pal Gary Taubes is up to. Over the past dozen years, Taubes has transformed himself from a mere journalist into a major player in dietary science, who has helped raise millions for research...

October 7, 2014 — John Horgan

Chimp-Violence Researchers Respond to Criticism on Cross-Check

Is chimpanzee violence a product of nature or nurture? Genes or environment? Two weeks ago Nature published a report, "Lethal aggression in Pan is better explained by adaptive strategies than human impacts," in which 30 primatologists came down on the side of nature...

October 1, 2014 — John Horgan
More Cool Sh*t I’ve Read Lately

More Cool Sh*t I’ve Read Lately

I’ve been over-posting this month, so I’m going to make my monthly “Cool Sh*t” post short. (See last month’s candidates here.) Below are three articles that offer provocative takes by smart, informed authors on important topics...

September 30, 2014 — John Horgan

Chimp Violence Fails to Support Deep-Roots Theory of War

On this blog, in my book The End of War and elsewhere (see Further Reading and Viewing), I have knocked the deep roots theory of war, which holds that war stems from an instinct deeply embedded in the genes of our male ancestors...

September 17, 2014 — John Horgan

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