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The Moral Landscape Challenge

The Moral Landscape Challenge

The winning essay of Sam Harris’ Moral Landscape Challenge was recently announced and published online. The winning author, Ryan Born, produced a valuable essay that certainly strikes at the core of Harris’ position. Most of his critiques are not new, and were at least partially addressed in The Moral Landscape (as Born notes). Nonetheless, his analysis of the differences between a science of…

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Neil deGrasse Tyson and the value of philosophy

Neil deGrasse Tyson and the value of philosophy

The Philosophy of 9:

Another great analysis of the relationship between philosophy and science by Massimo Pigliucci. I too have grown weary of the flippant critiques of philosophy put forth by many of today’s well-known scientists. Their comments expose a strange sort of naive arrogance that appears to be fashionable among many science popularizers. All scientific endeavors are founded upon…

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Allen Orr’s informative review of “A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History”

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As a student of evolutionary and behavioral sciences, I am always troubled by popular books that hastily misuse biology in order to explain complex social phenomena. The difference between statistical and explanatory significance appears to be poorly understand by Nicholas Wade. The generally small effect sizes found in most human behavioral genetic studies suggest that sociocultural…

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Gerald Edelman on understanding consciousness, from “Naturalizing consciousness: A theoretical framework”

Gerald Edelman on understanding consciousness, from “Naturalizing consciousness: A theoretical framework”

To expect that a theoretical explanation of consciousness can itself provide an observer with the experience of “the redness of red” is to ignore just those phenotypic properties and life history that enable an individual animal to know what it is like to be such an animal. A scientific theory cannot presume to replicate the experience that it describes or explains; a theory to account for a…

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Photos from the Rebecca Jeanne Andrew Memorial Award Ceremony

Photos from the Rebecca Jeanne Andrew Memorial Award Ceremony

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It was an honor to receive this award, and a pleasure to meet the Andrew family. Their generosity and care is profoundly humbling. I am extremely excited to begin my research in the fall. I hope that my work will help to better uncover the phylogeny of hominid personality traits, and shed light upon potentially similar evolutionary pathways in bonobo and human evolution.

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Undergraduate Research Forum

It was great to be able to finally present our research after all of our hard work this year.

Undergraduate Research Forum

It was great to be able to finally present our research after all of our hard work this year.

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Philosophy, my first five years

Philosophy, my first five years

The Philosophy of 9:

Massimo Pigliucci provides an insightful analysis of the current state of philosophy and science, their limited interdisciplinary dialogue, and the relationship of these two “cultures” to broader public discourse and education. His personal journey reflects much of my own experience, and I admire his attempts to transcend the unfruitful divides existing between the humanities…

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Jana Uher on the importance of evolutionary theory for personality psychology

Jana Uher on the importance of evolutionary theory for personality psychology

However, incorporating evolutionary theory into human personality research has already paved the way for broader, less anthropocentric psychological views on personality. Instead of restricting their interests to the most recent evolutionary past of one single species, Homo sapiens, psychologists would profit from considering the full scope of Darwinian theory to learn more about the evolutionary…

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thatsnotwatyourmomsaid:

alright kid this next one’s called hot potato now i wanna see you FUCKING KILL SOMEONE

thatsnotwatyourmomsaid:

alright kid this next one’s called hot potato now i wanna see you FUCKING KILL SOMEONE

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