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The Evolutionists: The Struggle for Darwin's Soul by Richard Morris

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The Other Side of Eden: Hunters, Farmers and the Shaping of the World by Hugh Brody
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Mind in Everyday Life and Cognitive Science by Sunny Y. Auyang
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Everyday Irrationality: How pseudo-scientists, lunatics, and the rest of us systematically fail to think rationally by Robyn Dawes
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March 2001

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History - Hardy Jackson,  professor of history at Jacksonville State University, detects the hand of Darwin in an unlikely place - the Alabama Constitution of 1901. [more]


Domestication - DNA is revealing that taming animals was not a simple process. [more]


Evolution of sexuality - Monogamy is, according to last week's New Scientist, a consequence of the human female's capacity for deception: unlike most animals, women cunningly offer sex all the time so their lovers cannot tell when they are wasting valuable sperm and move on to a new partner. [more] Earlier reports BBC News Online, New Scientist, Animal Behaviour.
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Child development - Pediatricians are seeing more babies who never crawl, going directly from sitting to toddling. Researchers say this may be a real change in infant development. [more]


Sociology - Young American men and women are spectacularly ignorant about one another's inner lives. [more]


Statistics - Bayesianism is an extraordinarily powerful tool that permits scientists to keep new information in the proper perspective. [more]


Creationism - The challenge is to explain why Americans should believe in science, at least enough to preserve it in the public sphere. [more


Free will - The traditional view of the will as a kind of little man in your head needs to be replaced by a detailed account of how neural tissue gives rise to controlled behavior. [more]

Evolution of courtship - Leonida Fusani and colleagues discover the role of aromatase in courtship behaviour. [more] [abstract]
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Applied psychology - John Schaubroeck and colleagues have produced the first empirical study showing link between job stress, job control and susceptibility to respiratory infections. [more]
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Genetics - A single gene influences the social behaviour of worms. [more] and [more]
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High-risk behaviour - Youths with tattoos are much more likely than their peers to smoke cigarettes or marijuana, go on drinking binges, have premarital sex, get into serious fights, join gangs, skip school and get poor grades, according to Timothy Roberts and co-workers. [more]
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Violence - A study by Robert H. DuRant and colleagues shows that the incidence of date fighting and other violence increases when the exposure to violence increases. [more] BBC News Online
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Neuroscience - The uniquely human ability to adopt someone else's viewpoint is now better understood - Jean Decety and colleagues have shown that when we imagine ourselves executing an action, the principal brain region that comes into play is the premotor cortex. [more] and [more]


Archaeology - An ancient city in what is now Peru was built at the same time as the great pyramids of Egypt. Science, BBC News Online, AAAS, Field Museum, Reuters, Washington Post, New York Times, National Geographic News, Discovering Archaeology, CNN, MSNBC, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Sun Times, Northern Illinois University, New Scientist, Science News.

Biological history - Joyce Appleby reviews Eve's Seed: Biology, the Sexes and the Course of History By Robert S. McElvaine. [more]

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History - Lisa Jardine reviews Annie's Box: Charles Darwin, His Daughter and Human Evolution by Randal Keynes. [more] [first chapter]

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History - Robin McKie reviews Annie's Box: Charles Darwin, His Daughter and Human Evolution by Randal Keynes. [more]
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Schizophrenia - Vithal C. Nadkarni reviews The Madness of Adam and Eve: How Schizophrenia Shaped Humanity by David Horrobin. [more]
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Biology of stress - An interview with Robert Sapolsky. [more]
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Schizophrenia - John McCrone reviews The Madness of Adam and Eve: How Schizophrenia Shaped Humanity by David Horrobin. [more]
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Signs of Life: How Complexity Pervades Biology by Ricard V. Solé, Brian Goodwin
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Sex and Longevity: Sexuality, Gender, Reproduction, Parenthood (Research and Perspectives in Longevity) by Jean-Marie Robine (Editor), T. B. L. Kirkwood (Editor), M. Allard (Editor)
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Tree of Origin: What Primate Behavior Can Tell Us About Human Social Evolution by Frans B. M. De Waal (Editor)

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Cells and Surveys: Should Biological Measures Be Included in Social Science Research? by Caleb Ellicott Finch (Editor), James W. Vaupel (Editor), Kevin Kinsella. [Full text]
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Tempo and Mode in Evolution: Genetics and Paleontology 50 Years After Simpson by Francisco J. Ayala (Editor), Walter Fitch (Editor). [Full text]
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From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development by Jack P. Shonkoff (Editor), Deborah Phillips (Editor). [Full text]
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Doing Without Adam and Eve: Sociobiology and Original Sin (Theology and the Sciences Series) by Patricia A. Williams [comment]
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Primate Taxonomy (Smithsonian Series in Comparative Evolutionary Biology) by Colin P. Groves
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The Mechanization of the Mind: On the Origins of Cognitive Science by Jean-Pierre Dupuy, Translated by M. B. DeBevoise

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Synaesthesia: The Strangest Thing by John Harrison.
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Darwinizing Culture: The Status of Memetics as a Science, edited by Robert Aunger
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Investigations by Stuart Kauffman.
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  Prophets, Cults and Madness by Anthony Stevens and John Price
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Cracking the Genome: Inside the Race to Unlock Human DNA by Kevin Davies
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Consciousness and Intentionality (Advances in Consciousness Research. Series A, Volume 27) by Grant Gillett, John McMillan
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Schizophrenia - Psychological treatments are attracting renewed interest. [more]


Race - Steve Olson finds that "DNA analysis is explaining where "racial difference" comes from—and what it does and doesn't mean. The study of human genetic variation has become the most contentious area in modern science". [more]


Genetics - All people are created equal, after all. [more]


Music - A taste for music goes back millions of years in evolution, long before humans split off from our ancestral tree. [more]
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Archaeology - China's "Peking Man" site is crumbling. [more] and [more]


Scientific publishing - Scientists are preparing to boycott journals unless the publications make old research papers available online for free. [more]


Homosexuality - The British Fertility Society is in favour of equal parenting rights for lesbian and gay couples. [more]


Fatherhood - Scientists have found that boys aged between 11 and 14 unconsciously change the way they cradle babies, a sign of their emerging parental instincts. [more]


Mathematics - Keith Devlin looks at the impact of Kurt Gödel's work. [more]


Genetics - Tea helps to protect against DNA damage. [more]


Sexual behaviour - Teenagers are influenced by their parents' views. [more]


History of science - The word "scientist" sprang from a desire for connection and inclusiveness. [more]


Artificial intelligence - A new computer can detect signs of a range of emotional states in the voices of users, including anger, fear and disgust. [more]


Phobias - Xavier Estivill claims that people with phobias could be suffering from a hereditary condition that could one day be treated with drugs. [more] and [more]


Menopause - An American doctor takes a determined look at the bright side of getting older, reports Christine Doyle. [more]


Medicine - Medical researchers ought to devote more time and energy to looking into the differences between men and women, according to a panel of experts. [more] and [more]


Intelligence - Scientists have proved we are smarter now than ever before, largely because we watch TV, surf the net, and spend hours chatting to friends. [more]


Autism - The extraordinary talents of autistic children, who defy their low intelligence to excel in art, music or arithmetic, have been analysed and explained by one of Britain's leading authorities on the condition. [more]


Dreams - Scenes of conquest fill many men's minds during the night. [more] Women's dreams grapple with relationship woes, other daily issues. [more]


Neurology - Dr. Francine Benes heads the institution that is known in the world of neuroscience as simply ``The Brain Bank.'' [more]


Sexual behaviour - An interview with David Barash and Judith Eve Lipton. [more]

Anorexia - Weight regain in anorexia nervosa results in abnormal fat redistribution. [more], [more], [more], and [more]


Sleep - Researchers at the University of Utah have found a mutant gene that causes people's internal clocks to run fast. [more]


Genetics - The British Medical Journal publishes a special edition "putting genetics into perspective". [more]


Drug addiction - Scientists have figured out how to block the pleasurable effects of cocaine in mice. [more]


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Autism - Elevated concentrations of proteins present at birth in the blood may be associated with the development of autism and mental retardation later in childhood. [more] and [more]


Anxiety - The antidepressant drug fluvoxamine significantly lowers anxiety without major side effects in most children who take it. [more], [more] and [more]


Drug addiction - Measuring blood flow to the brain may be a useful way to determine when a recovering cocaine addict is able to benefit from cognitive behavior therapy as a treatment for cocaine addiction, a Yale researcher has found. [more]


Anger and depression - Women who harbor feelings of anger or depression are more likely to have heart disease risk factors such as high cholesterol and an unhealthy weight. [more]


Sleep - Non-REM sleep appears to enhance learning. [more], [more] and [more]


Evolution - Women only stay with men for security, and men only stay with women for sex. It's a cynical view of human relationships, but researchers now say it is the driving force behind the evolution of monogamy--and women started it. [more] and [more]


Skin colour - Black skin could be better than white skin at protecting against disease, according to James Mackintosh. [more] and [more]


Theory of mind - A new study indicates a dissociation of social cognition and executive function. [more]


Evolution - New evidence suggests that natural selection is leading women to have their first child at earlier ages. This is shown to be an inherited evolutionary change that is taking place despite the influence of social factors such as religion and education. [more] Other reports: Evolution, New Scientist, BBC News Online, Eurekalert, The Independent, The Guardian, The Telegraph.


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Genetics - Two research groups led by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigators have independently identified a human gene that encodes a likely receptor for sweet compounds. [more], [more] and [more]


Psychology - A Penn State study has shown that elementary school children who have depressed mothers may have trouble regulating their emotions and getting along with other kids because their moms are unable to show them enough warmth and sensitivity. [more]


Primatology - comparative neuroscience - The difference between chimps and humans is all in the mind. It is differences in our brain's gene activity that really sets us apart from chimps. [more]


Neuroscience - Individuals with larger brains may be protected from the normal decline in mental abilities that comes with age, researchers report. [more]

Sperm competition - Paul Raeburn reviews Promiscuity: An Evolutionary History of Sperm Competition by Tim Birkhead. [more]

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Biology - The biggest challenge for the future of biology is integration, according to Leroy Hood, founder of the Systems for Integrative Biology in Seattle. [more]


Psychology - Emily Nussbaum reviews A Life of Jung by Ronald Hayman. [more
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Neuroscience - Bradley T. Hyman reviews The Dying of Enoch Wallace: Life, Death and the Changing Brain by Ira B. Black. [more]


Philosophy - Sylvia Nasar reviews Bertrand Russell: The Ghost of Madness, 1921-1970 by Ray Monk. [more] [first chapter] [obituary]
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Archive - We have gathered together over 400 major book reviews for your delight and edification. [more] and [more]


Imaging - Bob Dougherty discusses functional brain imaging, brain variability, and functional variability. [more


Irrationality - Kurt Kleiner reviews Everyday Irrationality: How pseudo-scientists, lunatics, and the rest of us systematically fail to think rationally by Robyn Dawes. [more]
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Creativity - Richard Gregory reviews The Origins of Creativity edited by Karl H. Pfenninger and Valerie R. Shubik. [more]
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Anthropology - The UCSB team responds to Terrence Turner's letter in the New York Review of Books regarding the Darkness in El Dorado affair. [more]


Animal behaviour - James L. Gould reviews Animal Traditions: Behavioural Inheritance in Evolution by Eytan Avital & Eva Jablonka. [more]


Evolution - Nicole Chardenet reviews Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence by Richard Wrangham and Dale Peterson. [more]
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Evolution - The Evolution of Language Through Sexual Selection by J.C. Smith (in press). [more]


Racism - Frank Furedi reviews The Problem of Race in the 21st Century by Thomas C Holt. [more]
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Modularity - Dan Sperber defends "massive modularity". [more]


Artificial intelligence - John Naughton reviews The Universal Computer: The Road from Leibniz to Turing by Martin Davis. [more]
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Psychiatry - Anthony Clare is not convinced that schizophrenia is associated with exceptional artistic and scientific abilities. [more]
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Palaeoanthropology - Douglas Palmer reviews The Man Who Found the Missing Link: Eugene Dubois and His Lifelong Quest to Prove Darwin Right/The Extraordinary Life of Eugene Dubois by Pat Shipman. [more]
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The Birth of Modern Science (Making of Europe) by Paolo Rossi, Cynthia D. Ipsen (Translator)
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Understanding Nationalism by M. Montserrat Guibernau (Editor), John Hutchinson (Editor) (Editor)
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First Signals: The Evolution of Multicellular Development by John Tyler Bonner
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The Spark of Life by Christopher Wills, Jeffrey Bada
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Crisis in Sociology: The Need for Darwin by Joseph Lopreato, Timothy Crippen
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God After Darwin: A Theology of Evolution by John F. Haught
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Darwin: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan Howard
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Darwin: A beginner's Guide by Gill Hands
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Charles Darwin: The Life of a Revolutionary Thinker by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
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Mind Games: American Culture and the Birth of Psychotherapy (Medicine and Society) by Eric Caplan

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The Great Psychotherapy Debate: Models, Methods, and Findings
by Bruce E. Wampold
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Fundamentals of an Integrated Model of Psychotherapy by Hector Fernandez-Alvarez, Anthony L. Labruzza (Translator), Hector Fernandez Alvarez
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Group Consensus and Minority Influence: Implications for Innovation by Nanne De Vries (Editor), Carsten K. De Dreu (Editor)
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Cycles of Contingency: Developmental Systems and Evolution (Life and Mind: Philosophical Issues in Biology and Psychology) by Susan Oyama (Editor), Paul E. Griffiths (Editor), Russell D. Gray (Editor)
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Comprehensive Textbook of Suicidology by Ronald W. Maris, Alan L. Berman, Morton M. Silverman
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The Algebraic Mind: Integrating Connectionism and Cognitive Science (Learning, Development, and Conceptual Change) by Gary F. Marcus
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Treatment of Child Abuse: Common Ground for Mental Health, Medical, and Legal Practitioners edited by Robert M. Reece
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Abduction, Reason, and Science: Processes of Discovery and Explanation by Lorenzo Magnani
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Paranoid Parenting by Frank Furedi
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Clever As a Fox: Animal Intelligence And What It Can Teach Us About Ourselves
by Sonja I. Yoerg
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The Foundations of Cognitive Science by Joao Branquinho (Editor)
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Exiting Nirvana: My Daughter's Life with Autism by Clara Claiborne Park
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Abraham Lincoln's DNA and Other Adventures in Genetics by Philip R. Reilly
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Helping People with Eating Disorders: A Clinical Guide to Assessment and Treatment by Robert L. Palmer
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Hominoid Evolution and Climatic Change in Europe: Phylogeny of the Neogene Hominoid Primates of Eurasia Louis de Bonis (Editor), George D. Koufos (Editor), Peter Andrews (Editor)
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Ritalin Nation: Rapid-Fire Culture and the Transformation of Human Consciousness by Richard Degrandpre
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A Visitor Within: The Science of Pregnancy by David Bainbridge
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Genes, Categories, and Species: The Evolutionary and Cognitive Causes of the Species Problem by Jody Hey
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The Debated Mind: Evolutionary Psychology Versus Ethnography
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Individual Strategy and Social Structure: An Evolutionary Theory of Institutions by Peyton Young
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Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century by Jonathan Glover 
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The Dream of Reason: A History of Western Philosophy From the Greeks to the Renaissance by Anthony Gottlieb
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Is Economics an Evolutionary Science? The Legacy of Thorstein Veblen by Francisco Louca (Editor), Mark Perlman (Editor) 
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Evolutionary Paleoecology
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Promiscuity: An Evolutionary History of Sperm Competition and Sexual Conflict by Tim R. Birkhead
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The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions by Esther M. Sternberg
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Biology, Evolution, and Human Nature by Timothy H. Goldsmith, William F. Zimmerman
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Comprehensive Clinical Psychology is the only reference for the field and includes 267 chapters, 7,000 pages, 28,000 references and 37,000 subject index items. You can obtain a 30-day free trial of the associated web site here. [more]


The Emperor's New Clothes: Biological Theories of Race at the Millennium by Joseph L Graves Jr
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Anthropology: Theoretical Practice in Culture and Society by Michael Herzfeld
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Biology, Evolution, and Human Nature by Timothy H. Goldsmith, William F. Zimmerman
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Rivals: Conflict as the Fuel of Science by Michael White
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The Book of Life: An Illustrated History of the Evolution of Life on Earth, Second Edition by Stephen Jay Gould (Editor), et al 
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The Ape and the Sushi Master: Cultural Reflections of a Primatologist by Frans De Waal
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Beyond Human: The New World of Cyborgs and Androids by Gregory Benford 
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The Bride of Science: Romance, Reason, and Byron's Daughter by Benjamin Wooley 
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Redesigning Life: The Worldwide Challenge to Genetic Engineering by Brian Tokar
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Transducing the Genome: Information, Anarchy, and Revolution in the Biomedical
Sciences
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The Mind's I: Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul by Douglas Hofstadter (Ed), et al 
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A History of the Wife by Marilyn Yalom
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Body Bazaar: The Market for Human Tissue in the Biotechnology Age by Lori Andrews and Dorothy Nelkin 
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Body Bazaar: The Market for Human Tissue in the Biotechnology Age by Lori Andrews and Dorothy Nelkin 
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Executive Instinct: Managing the Human Animal in the Information Age by Nigel Nicholson  
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Sparks of Life: Darwinism and the Victorian Debates over Spontaneous Generation by James Edgar Strick
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In Mendel's Footnotes (US: The Impact of the Gene: From Mendel's Peas to Designer Babies) by Colin Tudge 
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Can a Darwinian be a Christian? The Relationship Between Science and Religion by Michael Ruse
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PC, M.D.: How Political Correctness Is Corrupting Medicine by Sally Satel, MD 
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Looking Good:  Male Body Image in Modern America. By Lynne Luciano
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The Dream of Reason: A History of Western Philosophy From the Greeks to the Renaissance by Anthony Gottlieb
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The Quest for Immortality: Science at the Frontiers of Aging by S. Jay Olshansky and  Bruce A. Carnes 
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Under Deadman's Skin: Discovering the Meaning of Children's Violent Play by Jane Katch 
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A. J. Ayer: A Life by Ben Rogers 
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Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life (Library of Contemporary Thought) by Stephen Jay Gould 
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Killer Woman Blues: Why Americans Can't Think Straight About Gender and Power by Benjamin DeMott.
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Her Way: Young Women Remake the Sexual Revolution by Paula Kamen  
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A Visitor Within: The Science of Pregnancy by David Bainbridge
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Epistasis and the Evolutionary Process by Jason B. Wolf (Editor), Edmund D. Brodie III (Editor), Michael J. Wade (Editor)
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An Odd Kind of Fame: Stories of Phineas Gage by Malcolm Macmillan 
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Why God Won't Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief by Andrew Newberg, Eugene G. D'Aquili, Vince Rause 
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The Undergrowth of Science : Delusion, Self-Deception and Human Frailty by Walter Gratzer
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Victorian Sensation: The Extraordinary Publication, Reception, and Secret
Authorship of Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation
by James A. Secord
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Strong Imagination: Madness, Creativity and Human Nature by Daniel Nettle 
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Religion Explained, or The Mental Instincts that Fashion Gods, Ghosts and Ancestors by Pascal Boyer 
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Neurobiology and religion - Experiments on the brain have led neuroscientists to suggest that the capacity for religion may somehow be hardwired into us. If so, why do people's religious experiences differ so profoundly, moving some so deeply while leaving others cold? [more]


Anthropology - Michael Taussig recommends fictocriticism and gonzo anthropology. [more]


Psychology - Frans de Waal claims that psychology is bound to become more Darwinian. [more]


Connectionism - Lewis Wolpert explores neural networks. [more]


Palaeoanthropology - Meave Leakey discusses her team's recent skull find suggesting a new human ancestor. [more]


Evolutionary psychology - A talk with Geoffrey Miller on sexual selection and the mind. [more]


Mental health - One in four people only discovered a friend's mental health problems when they were admitted to hospital, says a charity. [more] Psychological conditions are typically accompanied by an array of other medical problems, from diabetes to ulcers. [more]


Longevity - Ageing and our own mortality could be the price we pay for human fertility. [more]
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Robotics - Researchers in Chicago have built a cyborg, a half-living, half-robot creature which connects the brain of an eel-like fish to a computer and is capable of moving towards lights. [more] and [more]


Archaeology - Lynne Schepartz and colleagues have found a cave full of teeth - the raw material for tools. [more]


Human genome - Eight hundred scientists from across the world are gathering in Edinburgh for a
four-day conference on human genetics. [more] and [audio]


Anthropology - Brain tissue has been found in three human skulls
dating back to the second century that were unearthed last year in
Tottori Prefecture, researchers said Monday. [more]


Evolution - The ascent
of mankind could have been influenced by frequent cosmic catastrophes. [more], [more] and [more]

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Creationism - The Kansas Board of Education can't direct school's to teach anything, so what was all the fuss about? [more]


Neanderthals - Researchers at the John Radcliffe Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford were quoted by The Times as saying the so-called "ginger gene" which gives people red hair, fair skin and freckles could be up to 100 000 years old. [more]


Artificial intelligence - Vitali Valtsev claims to have created a sophisticated artificial brain. [more] and [more]


Creationism  - Robert Wright looks at the "new" idea of "intelligent design". [more]


New germ theory - Scientific American profiles Paul W. Ewald who "argues that most cancers, heart disease and other chronic ills stem from infections. If correct, his theory will change the course of medicine". [more]
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Sociology - "European civilization has been attacked and conquered from within, without anyone quite realizing what has happened", claims Kenneth Minogue. [more]


Eugenics - James Watson "says that fears over the creation of "designer babies" are misplaced". [more], [more] and [more]


Reproductive gerontology - The New York Times looks at the relationship between aging and the risk of producing offspring with gene-influenced illnesses. [more] and [more] Earlier news reports: New York Times, Yahoo, BBC News Online, The Lancet, Nando Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Times of India, CNN, Detroit Free Press, Las Vegas Sun, UniSci.
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Human genome - Robert Winston believes that "the hardest thing about genetics is to make it understandable". [more]


Abortion and crime reduction - Is there a link? [more] Earlier reports: Chicago Tribune, New York Times, [abstract - 1999] and [abstract - 2000]


Sociobiology and free will - The existence or even the non-existence of human freedom of will have been essentially religious principles. [more]


Philosophy - Jonathan Miller reflects on a book that changed his life: J. L. Austin's How To Do Things With Words. [more]
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Self-help - Alex Abramovich examines the American obsession with self-help books. [more]


Neuropsychology - Richard Wiseman believes that magicians exploit subtle details of how the brain perceives the world to mount elaborate deceptions. [more]
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Artificial intelligence - Behnam Salemi and his colleagues at the ISI have found a way to make resourceful robots - digital hormones. [more
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Archaeology - Remains found at Mehrgarh, Baluchistan show dental decay may have been treated 8,000-9,000 years ago. [more] and [more]
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Genetics and race - The differences among groups of people are more a product of cultural and environmental factors than genetic makeup, according to a world-renowned expert in race studies. [more]
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Sexual behaviour - About 11% of Americans had multiple sex partners within the previous year and 4.2% reported other behaviors that put them at high risk according to a survey of the US population. [more]
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Genetics - Politicians and regulators in America are floundering as they try to understand the immense implications of genetic science. The first human clone could mark a turning-point in man’s story. [more]
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Evolution - The ascent
of mankind could have been influenced by frequent cosmic catastrophes. [more] and [more]
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Procrastination - Our inclinations are strongly biased to the present, but why? [more]
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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - With mounting concern in recent years over the use of Ritalin, one might think that the market for the behaviour modification drug would shrink. The opposite is true. [more]
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Genetics - Anthropologists, primatologists and cognitive psychologists from eight nations gathered recently in Tokyo for the Genes and Minds Initiative Workshop of Ape Genomics, during which they launched an international study into the genetic differences between humans and chimpanzees. [more]


Autism - If you took a test for autism, how would you fare? Astonishingly, as many as 1 in 300 of us would "pass", maybe more. And a large number of those would be male scientists, according to Simon Baron-Cohen. [more] and [bibliography]
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Genetics - A team of geneticists on the trail of a genetic disorder that may still plague the British royal family has recently tested blood on the burial shroud of an executed British king and unearthed remains of two of Queen Victoria's descendants. [more]
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Evolution - Carbon atoms are the computer bits of life, according to noted biophysicist Apoorva Patel of the Indian Institute of Science. [more]
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Longevity - Tom Kirkwood discusses the genetics of ageing. [more]
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Genetics - Kari Stefansson and the saga of the Icelandic gene database. [more]


Synaesthesia - Sandra Blakeslee looks at the explosion of interest in the subject. [more]
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Human genome - Lori Andrews has peeked into the future of human genetics. And what she sees is equal parts frightening and funny. [more]


Genetic archaeology - Nicholas Wade looks at our insights into the earliest inhabitants of Europe. [more] and [more]


Palaeoanthropology - The Washington Post presents a profile of Meave Leakey. [more]


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Sport and genetics - Stephen Jay Gould and Kipchoge Keino on why athletic achievement isn't in the genes. [more] and [more]


Anthropology - A team from the Brazilian Federal Indian Bureau has met with members of an isolated Amazon Indian tribe never before exposed to Western culture. [more]


Genetics - Villagers in Talana, Italy are said to believe that their genes have not been "polluted" by outsiders. [more


Sexual selection - Joah Madden has found evidence that brains increased in size during evolution so that men could impress choosy women with their artistic prowess. [more]


Longevity - Johnjoe McFadden looks at how are genes are adapted to the short term. [more]
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Genetics - 'Race' is a meaningless concept. [more]


Neuropsychology - Staring at an unusual face for a while makes other faces seem distorted in the opposite direction. [more]


Palaeoanthropology - Fossils of what may be the earliest known ancestor of the human family have been unearthed in Kenya. The bones and teeth are about 6 million years old. [more]


Creationism vs. evolution - The New York Times reports on the "intelligent design" propaganda campaign. [more] and [more]


Longevity - The Times of India reports on the prospects of prolonging human life. [more]


Human genome - The Lancet on DNA control (registration required). [more]


World Health Day - The Lancet reports on attempts to reduce the marginalization of mental health (registration required). [more] and [more]


Traumatic stress - Andrei Novac notes that we do not know "whether traumatic stress is a normal reaction to unusual circumstances or a pathological response to stressors routinely encountered". [more]
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Human genome - Why do scientists use so much religious language? One view. [more]


Homosexuality - A summary of the stances taken by the world's main religions. [more]


Psychology - Why do annoying tunes get stuck in our heads? [more]


Intelligence - Robert Sternberg aims to make intelligence tests smarter. [more]
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Phobias - Science is offering new treatments. [more]
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Undiscovered species - Genetic tests on "Yeti's" hair gathered from a tree in Bhutan, have failed to match its DNA to that of another animal. [more]


Cognitive Science - Research receives a boost from the National Science Foundation (US). [more]


The Mozart Effect - John Jenkins claims a therapeutic effect for the music of Mozart - epileptic patients who had been exposed to 10 minutes of the music improved their spatial skills. [more] and [audio], [more]
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Cloning - Philip Ochieng dispels the myth that cloning is a passport to immortality. [more]

Genetic archaeology - Patterns of Y-chromosome variation indicate that the Neolithic and Iron Age transitions in the British Isles occurred without large-scale male movements. The more recent invasions from Scandinavia, on the other hand, appear to have left a significant paternal genetic legacy. In contrast, patterns of mtDNA and X-chromosome variation indicate that one or more of these pre-Anglo-Saxon cultural revolutions had a major effect on the maternal genetic heritage of the British Isles. [more]


Anxiety - Anxiety disorders such as phobias are crippling forms of irrational fear that may be in part caused by an unusual genetic double-act. [more]


Neuroscience - Burkhard Maess and colleagues have found that musical syntax is processed by the region of the brain that allows us understand whether a sentence makes sense. [more], [more] and [more]


Mind and body - A team from the University of Leeds assessed the psychiatric status of 731 people who had broken their hip. They found that people who were suffering from dementia, delirium and depression were all much more likely to die within two years of the physical injury. [more]


Philosophy and literature - Art and sexual selection by Denis Dutton. [more]


Genetics - Europeans are descended from just a few hundred Africans according to a study by Eric Lander and colleagues. [more]


Social intelligence - Elephants who follow the oldest, most experienced females tend to have the most successful families, living healthier lives and are more able to avoid predators. [more], [more], [more] and [more]


Neuroscience - Honeybees can conceptualize "sameness" and "difference." Researchers say honeybees may serve as a good model system for determining how nervous systems learn concepts. [more], [more] and [more]


Sociology - The April issue of the American Sociological Review features articles on themes related to well-being of families, parenting, and marital relationships. [more]


Depression - St. John's wort is ineffective against deep depression. [more] and [more]


Memory - David Diamond and colleagues report that rats who endure extreme stress suffer memory loss and a lessened ability to learn new things. [more]


Autism - Geraldine Dawson finds that human brains seem to be wired to be interested in faces and there appears to be a specialized system for face recognition. Autistic 3- and 4-year-olds do not react to a picture of their mother but do react when they see a picture of a familiar toy. [more]


Primatology - Chimpanzees or moved by fearful or appealing television scenes. [more]


Neuroscience - Scientists have found that a preference for mama's voice is "hard wired" into their brain cells-and can actually be transferred surgically from one species into another. [more]


Cybersex - Women are more likely to participate than men, according to new survey. [more]


Neurogenetics of alcoholism - Scientists are moving beyond the knowledge that alcoholism is a disease. They are now integrating the previously disparate research fields of genetics and neurobiology to investigate how genetic influences may alter the function of neurotransmitters prior to and during the development of alcoholism. [more] Alcohol affects women more severely than men. [more]  and [more]


Neuroscience - Gregory S. Berns and colleagues are beginning to reveal the biological basis of the human attraction to surprising events. [more], [more] and [more]. The full text. The Times.


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Intelligence and IQ - A new mathematical model could help explain how certain environments can trigger changes in a person's IQ as well as the relative influence of genes and the environment on IQ by exploring how internal and external factors might interact. [more], Other reports: The Times, New Scientist, Yahoo, UniSci


History of ideas - Adam Smith's invisible hand metaphor (IH) is examined in light of two different accounts of the origin of traits: Charles Darwin's theory of evolutionary optimization and William Paley's theory of divine intervention - a paper by Elias Khalil. [more]


Consciousness - Fred Dretske comments on Charles Siewert's The Significance of Consciousness. [more]
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Biological clocks - The genes that regulate the master biological clock in the brain also regulate clocks in other tissue, according to results of a study in mice. [more]
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Neanderthal DNA - The retrieval of ancient DNA from two Neanderthal skeletons found at Mezmaiskaya in Russia and Feldhofer in Germany has fueled demand for more of the same. But a group of British experts has warned the science community to beware. [more], [more] and [more]
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Aggression - Investigators have found that kindergarten-age boys who did not share, blamed others and were irritable, disobedient, inconsiderate and fidgety were more likely to become physically aggressive as teens. [more] and [abstract]
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Anorexia - Male sufferers have higher rates of anxiety, depression and anxiety disorders. [more]
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Early life factors and health - The importance of early life factors on adult health lies just as much in the influence they exert on adult social circumstances as on any direct "programming." [more] and [abstract]
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Neuroscience - David C. Knill, associate professor of brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester, found that the brain measures continuous changes in an object’s size to determine the rate at which the object is closing in. [more]
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Depression - People with a particular type of sleep pattern and a family history of depression are twice as likely to become depressed as relatives who don’t sleep the same way. [more]
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Palaeoanthropology - Is 'Java Girl' halfway between Homo erectus-our supposedly dim-witted ancient cousins-and modern Homo sapiens? Cries of "missing link" and "smoking gun" have already gone up from a group of evolutionary anthropologists known as "multiregionalists". [abstracts], [more], [more], [more] and [more]. A final word from Ralph Holloway.
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Genetics - Some genes are born to lead. Others, apparently, are born to follow. That scenario, where a single gene orchestrates the construction of a fruit fly wing by commanding a network of many other genes, is described by a team of researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. [more]
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Gulf war syndrome - Gulf War veterans are more likely to become ill - and suffer more severe symptoms - than other servicemen and women. [more] and [video]
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Female sexuality - Female sexuality may have evolved because more sexually active females have received more male assistance. [more]
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Schizophrenia - The risk of having a child with schizophrenia may increase with a father's advancing age. [abstract], [more] and [more]. News reports: New York Times, Yahoo, BBC News Online, The Lancet, Nando Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Times of India, CNN, Detroit Free Press, Las Vegas Sun, UniSci.
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Impulsivity - "Brainy" students least likely to engage in risky behaviors while "burnouts" and "non-conformists" are at highest risk. [more]
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Evolution - The shape of women's breasts may have evolved to prevent smothering during feeding. [more]


Feeding - cannabis-like compounds could control eating. [more] and [more]


Genetics - As genetics morphs into genomics, certain populations are again playing prominent roles in gene discovery. These "Founder populations" are modern groups that descend from a few individuals who left one area to settle another for political, religious, or social reasons. [more]


Evolution - Sex-biased investment in nonhuman primates: can Trivers & Willard's theory be tested? [more]


Consciousness - Joseph Levine comments on The Significance of Consciousness by Charles Siewert. [more]


Neuropsychology - Can medial temporal lobe regions distinguish true from false? [more]


Schizophrenia - In this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences neurovirologist Robert Yolken and his colleagues report the molecular "footprint" of a retrovirus in the cerebrospinal fluid of about 30 percent of people with acute schizophrenia and about 7 percent of people with a chronic form of the disease. The footprint was absent in the brains and cerebrospinal fluid of all people who did not have schizophrenia. [more] and [abstract]. News reports: BBC News Online, The Times, BioMedNet, The Lancet, Boston Globe, New Scientist, CNN, The Telegraph.
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Ecstacy - Long-term users of 'ecstacy'  tend to experience memory loss or impairment, according to a study reported in the April 10 issue of Neurology. [more]


Suicide - Women medics face a higher risk. [more]


Anthropology - The menfolk of the Meriam, a people who live on islands off the northeast tip of Australia, spend their time spear-fishing and turtle-hunting, but are they really fishing for compliments? [more]
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Palaeoanthropology - A new finding contradicts the influential theory that Asians were the first to cross the now submerged Bering land bridge to North America around 12,000 years ago, says Walter A. Neves of the University of São Paulo. [more]
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Circadian rhythms - By studying mice whose brains contain a composite of neurons that produce normal and longer-than-normal circadian rhythms, researchers are beginning to understand how neurons synchronize their oscillatory behavior to control the body’s 24-hour, internal clock. [more]
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Consciousness and blindsight - Carruthers' "immediate availability" theory of consciousness is criticized on the grounds that it offers no reasonable alternative to asserting the metaphysical impossibility of spontaneous blindsight. [more]
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IQ and longevity - Results of an intelligence test, given to all 11-year olds attending Aberdeen schools in 1932, were used to determine survival up to 76 years. Of 2,230 subjects traced, those who died before 1 January 1997 had a significantly lower IQ at age 11 years than those who were alive or untraced. This suggests that high mental ability in late childhood reduces the chances of death up to age 76. [more], [more], [more] and [more]
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Comparative genomics - Gene expression differs in human and chimp brains. [more]


Anorexia - Researchers have found that one form of a gene involved in controlling appetite is more frequent among anorexics. [more] and [more]
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Longevity - Marc Tatar has found a link between insulin and long life. [more], [more], [more] and [more]
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Suicide - Scientists in France and Switzerland say they have found genes that may cause suicidal behaviour. [more], [more] and [more]


Eating disorders - Men are less likely to seek help. [more]


Neuroscience - Children link musical tempo with emotion at an early age. [more]


Mate choice - Is skin texture a cue to fertility and health? [more]


Human biodiversity - The Welsh and Irish Celts have been found to be the genetic blood-brothers of Basques, scientists have revealed. [more] Comments from David Goldstein. [audio] A study published by geneticists at University College London set out to reveal whether the ninth century Viking invasion of the Celtic Orkney Islands is evident in the genetic makeup of its present-day inhabitants. [more]


Mate choice - Do fertile women smell sexy? [more], [more], [more] and [more]


Neanderthals - New evidence for interbreeding with emerging modern humans. [more]


Person familiarity - A new study of the neural correlates has appeared in Brain. [more]


Humans and tapeworm - Eric Hoberg, a parasitologist with the US Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, Maryland, has reconstructed the evolutionary
history of the tapeworm. [more]


Consciousness - Charles Siewert discusses consciousness, neglect and inner space. [more]


Sex research - Linda Garnets claims that "the public is still not ready to accept the fact that people display a range of sexual and affectional proclivities". [more]
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Origin of life - Hiroaki Suga and colleagues have evolved an RNA catalyst, which provides support for the hypothesis that RNA may have served as the evolutionary vehicle necessary for the development of present-day, DNA-protein-based life forms. [more] and [more]

Darwinian psychology - Martin Levin concurs with Steve Jones' skeptical view. [more]


Neuropsychiatry - Trevor Robbins recommends a "landmark publication in psychiatry and neuroscience" The Neurobiology of Mental Illness. [more]

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Creationism vs. evolution - Jerry Coyne looks at the strange motivation behind an example of 'creationism by stealth' Icons of Evolution by Jonathan Wells. [more]
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Cognitive neuroscience - The New Cognitive Neurosciences likely provides the most representative cross-section of cognitive neuroscience that is possible at this time. [more]

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Molecular biology - Robert Bazell reviews Ahead of the Curve: David Baltimore's Life in Science by Shane Crotty. [more]
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Emotion - Dylan Evans argues that emotions "act as a stabilising and humanising influence both individually and in social groups" in Emotion: The Science of Sentiment. [more]
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Evolution and symbiosis - Mark Ridley reviews Liaisons of Life: From Hornworts to Hippos, How the Unassuming Microbe has Driven Evolution by Tom Wakeford. [more]
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Sociobiology - John Dupré examines "plenty of interesting material" and "some suggestive ideas about the underlying philosophical issues" in Defenders of the Truth: The Battle for Science in the Sociobiology Debate and Beyond by Ullica Segerstråle. [more], [more] and [more]

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Cancer and evolution - Paul W. Ewald and Gregory M. Cochran evaluate Cancer: The Evolutionary Legacy by Mel Greaves. [more] and [more]
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Learning - How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School by by John Bransford (Editor), Ann L. Brown (Editor), Rodney R. Cocking (Editor). [more] and [Full text]

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Human genome - Michael Shermer hopes that Genome by Matt Ridley will help "us override the tendency to divide nature into binary choices like nature and nurture". [more]
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Genes and behaviour - Fiona Cowie advises: "Read this book [Mean Genes] for the latest scoop on the evolutionary origins of your sins; but if you want advice on how to be a better person, don’t ask Darwin—ask his granny". [more], [more] and [excerpt]

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Genetics - Hans-Jörg Rheinberger is left with "a sense of excitement about and a feeling of responsibility for a coming age of biological research" by Evelyn Fox Keller's The Century of the Gene. [more] and [more]
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Women in science - Mary Catherine Bateson reviews The Door in the Dream: Conversations with Eminent Women in Science by Elga Wasserman. [more] and [more]
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Genetics - Who Wrote the Book of Life?: A History of the Genetic Code by Lily E. Kay "chronicles the exciting period from 1953 to 1967". [more]
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Neuroscience - Barbara Godlee finds the "touch of a dedicated specialist" in The Private Life of the Brain by Susan Greenfield. [more]
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Genetics - Recent discoveries in genetics have called into question traditional conceptions of the gene. The Concept of the Gene in Development and Evolution does an excellent job of bringing together philosophers, historians, and biologists to answer the question, What is a gene? [more]
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Antisocial personality disorder - Is prefrontal cortex thinning specific for antisocial personality disorder?  [more]
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New germ theory - Julius Schachter regrets the "overkill" in Plague Time: How Stealth Infections Cause Cancers, Heart Disease, and Other Deadly Ailments by Paul W. Ewald. [more]
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Evolution - Helen Altonn looks at the impact of Steve Jones most recent book, acclaimed in Britain and the United States, Almost Like a Whale or Darwin's Ghost: The Origin of Species Updated. [more]
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History - P. E. Veenhuis reviews The Kennedy Family and the Story of Mental Retardation by Edward Shorter. [more]
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Genetics - John Alcock regrets the caricature found in Dear Mr. Darwin: Letters on the Evolution of Life and Human Nature by Gabriel Dover. [more]
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Cloning - Albert R. Jonsen finds an "excellent primer on the science, ethics, and public policy of cloning human beings" in Human Cloning: Science, Ethics, and Public Policy edited by Barbara MacKinnon. [more]
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Sociobiology - Johan van der Dennen reviews Bobbi S. Low's Why Sex Matters: A Darwinian Look at Human Behavior. [more]

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Anthropology - In Patrick Tierney's Darkness in El Dorado Michael Shermer finds evidence of "a fundamental flaw in how science is understood and communicated". [more]
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A History of the Wife - Marilyn Yalom "fails to address precisely why so many people still want to formalise their union". [more]


Evolutionary psychology - The British Medical Journal has published a number of letters responding to Paul Higgs review of Alas, poor Darwin. [more]
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Paternal attachment - Jukka-Pekka Takala on whether the Temrin et al. study of abuse in Sweden falsifies the Daly & Wilson hypothesis. [more]


Synaesthesia - Zoë Mullan appreciates the "overwhelming enthusiasm" of John Harrison's Synaesthesia: The Strangest Thing (free registration required). [more]
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Animal culture - Douglas Foster on Frans de Waal's The Ape and the Sushi Master. [more]
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Emotion - Kuldip Dhiman examines Dylan Evans' account of the science of sentiment. [more]
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Theory of mind - An extensive bibliography, [more] plus reading recommendations from Bjoern Brembs. [more]


Evolutionary psychology - Peter T. Saunders reviews Alas, poor Darwin. [more] A review by Richard Dawkins, first published in 1985, helps to put the arguments in context. [more] A comment from Peter Kabai. [more]
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Evolution and artistic expression - A bibliography by Joseph Carroll. [more] Comments from Keith Sutherland, [more] Mark Flinn, [more] and J. C. Smith. [more]


Rosalind Franklin and DNA - A list of reading recommendations from William Wimsatt. [more]


Paternal attachment - A question from Christopher Robinson. [more] and [more]. A comment from Gary Brase. [more]. Mark Flinn discusses the anomalous Swedish study. [more]


Evolution and ethics - A bibliography compiled by William Casebeer. [more] A recommendation by Keith Sutherland. [more]


Modules and networks - John McCrone reviews C. Lloyd Morgan's views on brain modules versus emergent, largely self-organising, brain networks. [more] David Smith discusses Freud's viewpoint. [more]


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Cognitive neuroscience - Andrew Scholey and colleagues have found that mental performance and agility can be considerably improved by inhaling pure oxygen or by taking a high dose of glucose. [more] and [more]
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