Genome

Chimpanzees and australopithecines and the earliest ape-men fossils, males were one-and-a-half times the size of females, in modern people the ratio is much less. The steady decline of that ratio in the fossil record is one of the most overlooked features of our prehistory. What it means is that the mating system of the species was changing. The promiscuity of the chimp, with its short sexual liaisons, and the harem polygamy of the gorilla, were being replaced with something much more...

Intelligence

The hereditarian fallacy is not the simple claim that IQ is to some degree 'heritable' but the equation of 'heritable' with 'inevitable'. Stephen Jay Gould I have been misleading you, and breaking my own rule into the bargain. I ought to write it out a hundred times as punishment GENES ARE NOT THERE TO CAUSE DISEASES. Even if a gene causes a disease by being 'broken', most genes are not 'broken' in any of us, they just come in different flavours. The blue-eyed gene is not a broken version of...

Life

All forms that perish other forms supply, By turns we catch the vital breath and die Like bubbles on the sea of matter borne, They rise, they break, and to that sea return. In the beginning was the word. The word proselytised the sea with its message, copying itself unceasingly and forever. The word discovered how to rearrange chemicals so as to capture little eddies in the stream of entropy and make them live. The word transformed the land surface of the planet from a dusty hell to a verdant...

Chromosomes X And Y

T shirt sold in gayand lesbian bookstores in the mid-1990s A detour into linguistics has brought us face to face with the startling implications of evolutionary psychology. If it has left you with an unsettling feeling that something else is in control, that your own abilities, linguistic and psychological, were somewhat more instinctively determined than you proudly imagined, then things are about to get a lot worse. The story of this chapter is perhaps the most unexpected in the whole history...