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Anti-UKIP protest in Edinburgh.  (Credit: Brian McNeil, Wikimedia Commons). \"Conservative\" increasingly means pro-white.
Are liberals and conservatives differently wired? It would seem so. When brain MRIs were done on 90 young adults from University College London, it was found that self-described liberals tended to have more grey matter in the anterior cingulate cortex, whereas self-described conservatives tended to have a larger right amygdala. These results were replicated in... Read More
In a previous post, I discussed why the capacity for affective empathy varies not only between individuals but also between populations. First, its heritability is high: 68% (Chakrabarti and Baron-Cohen, 2013). So natural selection has had something to grab hold of. Second, its usefulness varies from one culture to another. It matters less where kinship... Read More
In a recent post, Fred Reed asks: The short answer is that any killing, for whatever reason, increases the likelihood of killing for other reasons. One exception is self-defence, but that's not done for pleasure. Another exception is capital punishment, but that, too, is not done for pleasure. More to the point, no single citizen... Read More
The digit ratio is the length of the index finger (2ndfinger) divided by the ring finger (4th finger). It correlates with the degree of androgenization or estrogenization of fetal tissues, including the fetal brain. (source) As small bands of hunter-gatherers gave way to larger and more complex societies of farmers and townsfolk, trusting relationships had... Read More
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