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HBD Chick's hypothesis – that long-term mating patterns – specifically, the degree of cousin marriage historically practiced by people influences the selective pressures those people experience, pushing them, over time, towards either clannishness (in the case of long-term inbreeding) or individualism and civic-minded (in the case of long-term outbreeding) – explains a great many things.... Read More
HBD Chick and I talk about how rates of historic inbreeding have had an important impact on the selective pressures acting on the traits of various peoples living today. We have often used Europe and the Middle East as examples of this, because strong regional variations in historic rates of inbreeding exist in those places.... Read More
Post Updated, 10/9/13. See below! Readers coming to my blog from The Atlantic article "The Mystery of Why Portugal Is So Doomed" saw my comment there directing you to my earlier post "A Tale of Two Maps." Matthew O'Brien over at The Atlantic seemed to indicate the poor economic situation in Portugal was somehow mysterious.... Read More
China’s 'Little Emperors' more neurotic, risk averse SYDNEY: China’s one-child policy has created a generation that is more pessimistic, neurotic and risk averse – while being less trusting, trustworthy, competitive and conscientious. That's according to a new study published in U.S. journal Science, addressing concerns about a so-called ‘Little Emperor’ syndrome - thought to stem... Read More
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