Book nerd. Interested in human nature, evolution, history of warfare, morality. Blogs on evolution, cognition, and what makes us human.

Melbourne, Victoria
Joined May 2012
I don’t care what anyone says: I love staring at books!
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Great great book
Replying to @WiringTheBrain
I especially liked Lewontin's recognition of the importance of developmental variation as a third source (beyond genes and environment) of phenotypic variation - a key theme in my book 'Innate' 😊. press.princeton.edu/books/pa…
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It’s raining new books at the moment @EasterbrookG:
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Chamberlain gets a bad rap for the Munich crisis, and supposedly appeasing Hitler. But as historian Paul Kennedy puts it, “Hitler was fundamentally unappeasable and determined upon a future territorial order which small-scale adjustments alone could never satisfy.”
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Nailed it
And the freedom that discipline procures is the ability to act otherwise. Because to freely engage in all is to be slavish to all. Thus discipline tames the animal and cultivates the human.
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The Simpsons in 1992 = funny 2002 = still funny 2012 = funnier 2022 = absolutely hilarious
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Greatest title for a book ever! #newaddition
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Sharing to remember to read
I’m listening to How Civil Wars Start in prep for talking to the author Friday. Before reading it I thought the thesis that another civil war could happen here was hyperbole but this data driven analysis convinced me that 2024 could trigger one. audible.com/pd?asin=B09FFR3D…
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I can confirm that Kershaw is an incredible writer
Still reading Ian Kershaw’s biography of Hitler with horrified fascination. Hitler’s world-class egomania, lies, lazy incompetence, insane mood-swings, bonkers anthropological theories & bigoted, murderous nastiness were clear for all to see. Yet millions followed adoringly.
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“When economic, social, and political problems pile up without being addressed because of incompetent political leadership, revolutions become more likely, particularly if an unexpected crisis occurs.”washington.edu/news/2020/04/…
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The Battle of France is over. I expect the Battle of Britain to begin….
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Would be curious to hear the reaction to this paper by any evolutionary scientists. My understanding is that mutations arise randomly, which then go through the sieve of natural selection; with the variants that increase RS surviving: phys.org/news/2022-01-evolut…
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All the planes used in the Battle of Britain. The Supermarine Spitfire is a beautiful plane: manoeuvrable, quick (361 mph), with eight .303-inch machine guns. It had tremendous firepower per second compared to the German planes. Far superior to the German Me-109E
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This reminded me of @hugoreasoning and our vigilance mechanisms. In that, when Joe heard contrary evidence to one of his beliefs, he checked (or attacked) the source, the credibility of where the information was coming from.
If anyone was going to make me look dumb on the podcast I’m glad it’s @joshzepps, because I love him, and he’s awesome. However this is why I was confused: theguardian.com/world/2021/s…
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Poignant picture
PHOTO OF THE DAY: A teenager reads a book outside a bombed London bookshop (1940).
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Some light reading before bed. @FXMC1957 your two volumes on The Third Reich are such important contributions to our understanding of this complex, fascinating, but ultimately devastating time
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A preview of a forthcoming piece @schimmelrob & I are putting the finishing touches on: cultural evolutionary behavioral science is the natural next step for behavioral science. templetonworldcharity.org/bl…
Applied cultural evolutionary behavioral science is in its infancy but promises to impact public health, sustainable development, & digital behavior. Learn more about its potential use in public policy from @mmuthukrishna & @schimmelrob templetonworldcharity.org/bl… #HumanFlourishing
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I mean, yeah, in forager societies there is a concern and incentive to try and feed the whole group/tribe/band. There's this fundamental misunderstanding of evolution that is propagated by conservative commentators that bugs me. ytb.trom.tf/watch?v=TB7dQh_T…
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