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The Primate Diaries

The Primate Diaries

Notes on science, politics, and history from a primate in the human zoo.

The WEIRD Evolution of Human Psychology

Does psychology's over-reliance on American undergraduates distort our image of the human species? "Mental Health" by Nathaniel Gold Imagine that you’re in a room with 100 psychopaths.

December 7, 2011 — Eric Michael Johnson

Social Networks Matter: Friends Increase the Size of Your Brain

New research confirms that social complexity enriches cognitive growth. Could having more Facebook friends actually make you smarter?    "The Social Network" by Nathaniel Gold Let's face it, as a species we're obsessed with ourselves.

November 17, 2011 — Eric Michael Johnson

Scientific Ethics and Stalin's Ape-Man Superwarriors

Author's Note: The following originally appeared at archy.         "Stalin" by Nathaniel Gold The anti-Darwin industry among fundamentalist Christians has produced thousands of pages of misinformation in their attempt to tar and feather the theory of evolution.

November 10, 2011 — Eric Michael Johnson

A Natural History of Vampires

    "Nosferatu" by Nathaniel Gold Medveđa, Serbia. Jan. 1732 -- The Carpathian mountains loomed ominously to the east, as if nature herself was conspiring with evil.

October 31, 2011 — Eric Michael Johnson

Cultural Transmission in Chimpanzees

     "Tradition" by Nathaniel Gold Culture defines who we are but few can explain where it comes from or why we adopt one tradition over another.

October 21, 2011 — Eric Michael Johnson

Charles Darwin and the Vivisection Outrage

Author's Note: The following originally appeared at The Dispersal of Darwin.      "Darwin" by Nathaniel Gold According to the British Medical Journal the alleged crime resembled a crucifixion.

October 6, 2011 — Eric Michael Johnson

Touching Death

Author's Note: The following originally appeared at The Prancing Papio . For more on this subject I recommend Brian Switek's discussion at Wired Science and Ed Yong's at Discover.

September 29, 2011 — Eric Michael Johnson

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