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ARCHIVE: February, 2001. WEEKLY EDITIONS: 31st March, 24th March, 17th March, 10th March, 3rd March, 24th February, 17th February


The Mechanization of the Mind: On the Origins of Cognitive Science by Jean-Pierre Dupuy, Translated by M. B. DeBevoise

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A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life Among the Baboons by Robert M. Sapolsky.
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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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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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Violence and the brain - Christopher M. Filley, James P. Kelly, and Bruce H. Price make an urgent call for new research. [more]

Theory of mind - Francesca Happé on the brain regions critical in allowing us to understand another person's thoughts and feelings, which have been revealed by a new imaging study. [more]
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The Repository for Germinal Choice - David Plotz draws some tentative conclusions from his research on the "Nobel Sperm Bank". [more]
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Primatology - Nine European animal welfare groups are urging the European Union to ban experiments on great apes. [more] and [more]


Human cloning - Jeremy Rifkin asks if we should be playing God with our genes. [more]


Criminology - Nonviolent criminals go in and sadistic thugs come out, but with military spending down, America's small towns are hooked on prisons. [more]


Creationism vs. evolution - "There is an aggressive anti-evolutionary movement out there, it is from the grass-roots level, and now we are seeing it from the top down", says Eugenie Scott of the NCSE. [more]
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Anthropology - Indian groups were outraged on Monday at statements by Brazil's defense minister suggesting it had been a mistake to create a reserve for the Yanomami people. [more]


Depression - Patient visits for depressive disorders show the largest increase among Canada's leading diagnoses. Over the last six years (1995-2000), visits for depression have gone up 36%. [more]
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Palaeoanthropology - Archaeologists find a 35,000-year-old site in East Timor. [more]


Mental health - The world community must address mental health concerns openly, honestly, says the UN Secretary-General in message on World Health Day. [more]

Learning and memory - A study by Simon Chu at Liverpool University reveals that odour can play a roll in memory and recall. [more]

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Depression - The effectiveness of exercise in managing depression has not been shown in a new meta-analysis. [more]
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Evolution - Joel Rothman and Morris Maduro and have found that there is a common regulator gene that controls the formation of many of the internal organs in both nematode worms and vertebrates. [more] and [more]
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Neurobehavioural toxicology - Jay Schneider and colleagues have discovered that a mentally stimulating, enriched environment helped protect rats from the potentially damaging effects of lead poisoning. [more]
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Cheater detection - Aldert Vrij and Samantha Mann investigate competence in detecting lies in a high-stake situation - the case of a convicted murderer. [more]


Addiction - neurobiology - Nearly a decade ago, researchers determined that the brain contains a molecule that mimics the active ingredient in marijuana, but its location and role in the brain were unclear. Now, UCSF researchers have discovered that the molecule acts, at least in part, in a region of the brain that plays a key role in learning and memory. [more]
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Genetics - Half of all genes related to the earliest stages of sperm production reside not on the male sex (Y) chromosome as expected, but on the X chromosome, a chromosome universally thought of as the female sex chromosome. [more] and [more]
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Prenatal growth and marriage status - David Phillips and colleagues have found that men who were smaller at birth are less likely to marry. [more]
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Neurobiology of feeding - Researchers have used a genetically altered virus to map the neural inputs that project into regions of the brain that control food intake. According to the scientists, these mapping experiments, which were done in mice, represent an exciting step in understanding the neural circuitry that executes decisions about whether or not to eat. [more] and [more]
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Anthropology - Edward Hagen discusses The Politics of Reproductive Ritual by Karen and Jeffery Paige. [more]


Neurobiology of stress - Rob Nixon reviews A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life Among the Baboons by Robert M. Sapolsky. [more] An interview with Robert Sapolsky. [more]
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Anthropology - An interview with Susan Lindee on the Darkness in El Dorado controversy. [more] Andrew Brown corrects some of the details. [more] Geoffrey Sea provides another opinion in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. [more]
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Psychiatry - Mark H. Fleisher reads "a speculative, rambling, less than precise, minimally edited effort that meanders among hypotheses, with too many errors and occasional psychosocial invective". [more]
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Genetics - history - Martin Brookes on how a Russian-born biologist took the ordinary fruit fly, fused Darwin with genetics and created history. [more] and [more]
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Synaesthesia - Alison Motluk reviews Synaesthesia: The Strangest Thing by John Harrison. [more] and [more]

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Conference on Darwinian medicine - Keynote Speaker: Randolph M. Nesse, co-author, with George C. Williams, of Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine. [more]
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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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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
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Ritalin Nation: Rapid-Fire Culture and the Transformation of Human Consciousness by Richard Degrandpre
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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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Emotion: The Science of Sentiment by Dylan Evans

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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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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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Human genetics - Bionews reviews this week's news in human genetics. [more]


Public library of science - Two journals fall in line with demands for free online archives. [more], [more] and [more]


Evolution - Darren Irwin and colleagues have discovered the most compelling evidence yet to buttress the theory Darwin elaborated in his epochal volume "The Origin of Species". [more]


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - A major conference in London explores the issues. [more]


"Intelligent Design Theory" - The Los Angeles Times investigates "stealth creationism". [more]


Primatology - Mark Dery witnesses "a dramatic upsurge of interest in the intelligence and emotions of our closest kin". [more]


Evolutionary psychology - Richard Driscoll argues that "the inclination to support women against men is not a haphazard convention but is built into the human animal". [more]


Genetics, race and therapy - People from different races have genetic variations that affect the way they respond to medicines, scientists disclosed today. [more]


Anthropology - Lou Marano puts the controversy surrounding Napoleon Chagnon's work into perspective. [more]
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Genes, culture and human freedom - Kenan Malik discusses the nature/nurture debate. [more]


Genetics - The genetics pioneer James Watson, 72, isn't frightened of the misuse of genetic knowledge. [more]

Anthropology - Anthropologists believe traditional medicine can remedy Africa's AIDS crisis. Are they right? [more]


Oneironautics - Researchers at Stanford University are now developing software to help people become aware that they are having a dream so that they can then live out their fantasies during REM sleep. [more]


Primatology - Jane Goodall celebrates 40 years of research in Belgium – 21st until 23rd of March, 2001. [more] NPR's Alex Chadwick reports on the forty-year career of field scientist Jane Goodall. [more] and [audio]
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Psychiatry - A first person narrative of obsessive-compulsive disorder. [more] Youth Radio's Hae-ok Miller tells about her struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder. [more] and [audio]
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Palaeoanthropology - Henry Gee reports on a surprisingly human face from the deep past. [more]


Human genome - With twice as many genes as a fruit fly, can we be as clever as we think we are? Michael Morgan reports in The Guardian. [more]


Creation vs. evolution - A committee of the Arkansas legislature has recommended banning the theory of evolution from textbooks. [more] and [more] The proposed law in PDF format. [more]


History - Iraq is to celebrate the 5000th anniversary of writing. [more]


Primatology - Japanese university students and scholars on primates will set up an organization to support the research activities of famed British chimpanzee scholar Jane Goodall as well as to help conserve forests in Africa. [more]
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Internet and telemedicine - Physicians are enthusiastic about the future. [more] Will the Internet Change Humanity? [more] and [video]


Neuroscience - Shouting at your kids can damage their brains. [more]
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Artificial intelligence - Is the age of Robo sapiens around the corner? [more]


Genetics - Bruce Roe's life was inspired by one of the most famous of all scientific papers. [more]
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Science - Michael Shermer sees science as "an exquisite blend of data and theory". [more]


Darwinian medicine - Before you treat that fever, consider the emerging field of evolutionary medicine. The symptom just might speed the cure. [more]
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Early life - Roger Buick reconstructs "a primordial banquet". [more]


Obituary - Anthony Storr, Britain's "most literate psychiatrist" has died, aged 80. [more] and [more]


Transgender behaviour - A convention covering "transgender medicine, surgery, psychotherapy, politics, law and family issues". [more]


Behaviour genetics - A exercise to uncover the public's views on current research into phenomena such as homosexuality, aggression and intelligence has been launched. [more] Pallab Ghosh reports. [audio] Sandy Thomas discusses genes and behaviour. [audio]


Creation vs. evolution - Charles Colson provides a quirky perspective on the Human Genome Project. [more]


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - What is the trouble with ADHD? [more]
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Psychopharmacology - MIND claims that devastating side-effects of psychiatric medicines go unreported. [more]
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Psychoanalysis - Sigmund Freud called dreams the "royal road to the unconscious," but in many circles his ideas are as fashionable today as high-button shoes, corsets, and the turkey trot. [more]


Evolutionary ethics - Are you breathtakingly mean or perfectly equitable? Kate Douglas investigates where your moral sense comes from, and how we can shape it. [more]
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Evolution of the Social Contract by Brian Skyrms
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Synaesthesia - Unconscious priming eliminates automatic binding of colour and alphanumeric form in synaesthesia. [more]
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Addiction - An enzyme involved in cocaine addiction has been identified by scientists at Yale and Rockefeller Universities. [more]
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Vision - The eye strips images of all but bare essentials before sending visual information to the brain. [more]
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Neurobiology of class formation - Attempts to isolate a perception-based mechanism underlying class representation implicate posterior
infero-temporal cortex as a possible site of classification. [more]
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Neuropsychology of self - Medial prefrontal cortex regions may contribute to the neural instantiation of aspects of the multifaceted "self." [more]
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Domestic violence - A new study suggests that violence is very widespread, even against new mothers. [more], [more] and [more]
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Stress - Markus Heinrichs finds that friends and hormones interact to decrease stress. [more]
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Fear - Elizabeth A. Phelps and colleagues at Yale University find that the left amygdala responds to cognitive representations of fear. [more] and [more]
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Schizophrenia - A special issue of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry on schizophrenia in late life. [more]


Depression - Aerobic exercise can work faster than drugs to lift depression. [more]


Parental care - W. Jean
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Experimental social psychology - Racial stereotypes hurt academic performance -- in whites. [more]


Early puberty - The gene which reduces testosterone may trigger early puberty in girls. [more] and [more]


Decision making - Why do the clients of financial planners do what they do, rather than what they should be doing. [more]


Neurobiology - An insight into how brains allocate space to the senses. [more]


Anorexia nervosa - The first familial study of anorexia nervosa in men shows nine-fold increase of risk among women in immediate family. [more] and [more]


Evolutionary biology - An experiment by University of California, Davis graduate student Daniel Bolnick has captured evolution in action, provided support for a long-standing hypothesis in evolutionary biology, and could help explain how some new species arise from old ones. [more]
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Sex determination - The growth factor Fgf9 might play a critical role in sex determination and the development of the reproductive system in a wide variety of animals. [more], [more] and [more]
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Genetics - As much as 60% of Iceland's original female population was British, even though the majority of male settlers came from Scandinavia. [more]
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Postpsychiatry - A new discipline for a society in which faith in science and medicine has diminished? [more]
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Preventive medicine - Howard Frumkin believes many environmental exposures may have positive health effects and could actually help prevent and treat illnesses. [more]
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Experimental psychology - research shows that even school age children are susceptible to misinformation from parents and sometimes fail to differentiate fact from fiction even when given specific instructions to help direct them toward the truth. [more]
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Psychiatry - Girls with behaviour problems have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. [more]
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Neuroscience - The National Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) Data Center was established with a grant of $4.7 million over five years from the National Science Foundation (NSF). [more] Closer to Truth asks Do Brains Make Minds? [more] and [video]


Palaeoanthropology - Meave Leakey and colleagues have identified a new species of hominid, named Kenyanthropus platyops, or "flat-faced man of Kenya." [more] and [video]. Other reports: New Scientist, Associated Press, National Geographic, BBC, Discovery Online, Reuters, The Age, New York TimesMSNBC, San Francisco Gate, South African Independent, The Guardian, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, InScight, San Jose Mercury News, ABC News, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, New York Times - again, Science News. Commentary: Fred Spoor of UCL. [audio] BBC's Andrew Craig. [audio]
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Ancestral Passions: The Leakey Family and the Quest for Humankind's Beginnings
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Alcoholism - Key brain differences could be implicated in alcoholism. [more]


Psychoneuroimmunology - It is intuitively obvious that the mind and the body are joined in ways that are not yet understood. [more]
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Depression - Psychological factors may speed up women's progression to AIDS. [more]
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Schizophrenia - Men with chronic schizophrenia lose brain volume faster. [more] and [more]
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Psychology - Carroll
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Neuroscience - New data bolsters the evidence that glial cells, once thought to be passive support cells for neurons, may have an important role in brain signaling in their own right. [more]


Blindsight - Who is blind to blindsight? [more]


Schizophrenia - What is the real significance of yesterday's announcement on the genetics of schizophrenia? [more] Other reports: Chicago Tribune, The Independent, The Telegraph.
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Ways of knowing - An analysis from Michael Lamport Commons. [more]


Emotions and disease - Medical experts explore how emotions affect health and sickness. [more]
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Memetics - '"How is memetic evolution steerable?" that is the key question and the one which Blackmore's Meme Machine poses and partly answers with good heuristics which should lead to real progress'. [more]

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Darwinizing Culture: The Status of Memetics as a Science, edited by Robert Aunger
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Creativity and mental illness - Humphrey Carpenter reviews Strong Imagination: Madness, Creativity and Human Nature by Daniel Nettle. [more]


Evolutionary psychology - Is Alas, poor Darwin directed against "reductionist desire"? [more]
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Philosophy - Michel Ruse discusses Darwinism and Atheism. [more]
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Modularity - Contributions from Susanne Björkholm [more], Anthony Atkinson [more],  Michael Lamport Commons. [more], Georg Striedter [more], and Ralph Holloway. [more]
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Longevity - The Quest for Immortality: Science at the Frontiers of Aging by S. Jay Olshansky and Bruce A. Carnes. [more] Can You Really Extend Your Life? [more] and [video]

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Genetics and feminism - Lisa S. Parker reviews Genes, Women, Equality by Mary Briody Mahowald. [more] and [more]
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Modularity - Should the concept of "cognitive modules" be central to cognitive science and evolutionary psychology? Opinions from Thomas Dickens [more], Timo Jarvilehto [more], John McCrone [more], Chris Moore [more], and Gary Brase [more].
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Anthropology - Andrew Brown explores the "vicious war of words between Chagnon and his rivals in the world of anthropology, who accuse him of being responsible for the deaths of thousands of the very tribesmen he has been studying". [more], [more] and [more]
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Animal culture - Meredith Small on Frans de Waal's The Ape and the Sushi Master. [more]
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Primatology and psychopathology - Lynn O'Connor discusses her work on psychopathology in a population of 145 chimpanzees living in 12 zoos associated with the ChimpanZoo project of the Jane Goodall Institute. [more]


History of science - David Sharp reviews Rivals: conflict as the fuel of science by Michael White. [more]


Schizophrenia and evolution - David Horrobin claims that schizophrenia helped the 'ascent of man'. [more]

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Psychiatry - What are the ten things that drive psychiatrists to distraction? [more]


Consciousness - Have we neglected phenomenal consciousness? William G. Lycan reviews Charles Siewert's The Significance of Consciousness. [more]
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Biology - complexity theory - Jon Turney gets a glimpse of science's blind spots in Investigations by Stuart Kauffman. [more]

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Religion Explained, or The Mental Instincts that Fashion Gods, Ghosts and Ancestors by Pascal Boyer 
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Folk Physics for Apes: The Chimpanzees Theory of How the World Works by Daniel J. Povinelli
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The Imitation Factor: Evolution Beyond the Gene by Lee Alan Dugatkin 
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The Man Who Found the Missing Link: Eugene Dubois and His Lifelong Quest to Prove Darwin Right by Pat Shipman 
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Eugenics - Since his birth, brilliant, precocious Doron Blake has symbolized the Repository for Germinal Choice. Now the "superbaby" is an 18-year-old college freshman, and he's longing to be normal. [more]
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Genetics - The idea that got Luigi Cavalli-Sforza into trouble is this: the only way to understand how similar we are is to learn how we differ. [more] and [more]


Palaeoanthropology - Discovery reviews the increasingly complicated story of the first Americans. [more]


Neanderthal - Find out how modern humans turned back the clock to become Stone-Age ancestors in the Discovery Channel's video gallery. [more] and [more]


Public Library of Science - The initiative is an open letter from scientists calling the archival record of scientific research to be made available with unrestricted free access for all. The letter has already attracted more than 10,000 signatories. [more]


Public understanding of science - Susan Greenfield thinks that every week should be science week. [more]


Genetics - A fringe benefit of being a billion plus population is that India becomes an 'exotic' gene pool which the scientists can tap to map the human genome to its advantage. [more]


Creation vs. evolution - Creationist challenges to the teaching of Charles Darwin's theory have persisted despite mounting evidence in support of it. [more] The message of Inherit the Wind still whips up debate. [more]


Electronic publishing - Wired explores the prospects for a new venture. [more] The British Medical Journal expects great change over the next five years. [more]


Neurobiology and psychopathy - Sabine Herpertz and colleagues use brain imaging technology to look for biological differences between the normal brain and the psychopathic. [more] Adrian Raine on what keeps us from acting on anger. [more]


Dyslexia - Nature is no respecter of rights, and around 10% of the population has had this right compromised by biology. [more]


Creation vs. evolution - Michigan makes a bid for the "role as a national laughingstock" [more]


Robotics - The Economist examines the advantages of modular robots. [more]


Human genome - Roger Highfield reports on the "huge social and ethical implications that will be explored during Science Week". [more]


Virtual reality - Wired looks at the recreation of a prehistoric cave. [more]


Cloning - Human cloning experiments have been taking place in Australia for the past two years. [more] Andrew Brown has serious reservations about the story. [more] Comments from Julian O'Dea [more] and James Mackintosh [more] and [more] Robert Schwarzwalder thinks that cloning humans "takes `perverted science' full term" [more]


Sex research - Every woman is entitled to an orgasm. [more]


ECT - "shock therapy" - Patients are not being given enough information or being offered the chance to opt out of a controversial treatment for depression. [more] New research shows that treatment has a high relapse rate. [more]. The paper appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association. [more] and [more] Chittaranjan Andrade finds the press confused about the message of this study. [more]
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Genetics - Researchers at Caltech have devised away to watch gene expression. [more] and [more] Brian Eames regrets that the article "is not accurate in terms of its historical context of current gene expression technologies". [more]
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Archaeology - Mitsuo Kagawa has hanged himself after his discoveries were questioned by a magazine. [more]


Creation vs. evolution - Michigan students would learn that evolution is just one theory to explain life and the "purposeful, intelligent design" by a god-like creator is another, under legislation that's alarming some scientists. [more] Sister Noel Dreska takes a different approach. [more]


Addiction - Alfreda Stadlin argues that mutant genes contribute to the Chinese weakness for opiates. [more]
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Psychology - Lynne Segal considers the science of the obvious. [more]
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Psychiatry and hallucinogens - Sandra Blakeslee looks at the uses and abuses of hallucinogenic drugs. [more] and [more]


Neuroscience - Valerie Strauss reports the conviction of some researchers that brain science is oversold. [more]


Science and religion - A philosopher opines on the impossible dialogue. [more]


Mental health - A new study shows that six out of ten young people admit to verbally abusing the mentally ill. [more] and [more]


Memory - Mark Henderson, science correspondent of The Times, reports on work by Eric Kandel and colleagues investigating the role of calcineurin in long-term memory, published last week. [more]
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Sociology - Frank Furedi launches a campaign against "paranoid parenting". [more] Rachel Cusk views children as the new parents. [more] and [more]
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Neurobiology of creativity - Bruce Miller and Allan Snyder explore a route to artistic genius revealed by research on autism. [more]
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Neurobiology of maturity - Daniel R. Weinberger, director of the Clinical Brain Disorders Laboratory at the National Institutes of Health, reports on the neurobiology of good judgment. [more] At an NIH seminar on December 11, 2000 Earl Miller discussed the prefrontal cortex and the neural basis of cognition. [video]
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Cloning - BBC News Online investigates recent claims about human cloning and interviews some of the key figures. [more], [more], [more] and [video] A resource on genetics, ethics and theology. [more] The Guardian reports. [more] and [more] Other reports: Newsday, Deseretnews, CNN


Gender - The Irish Times examines controversy surrounding the teaching of masculinity as a social construct. [more] Salon asks if boyhood is a pathology, and whether girls are groomed to be victims. [more] Andrew Brown considers different social constructions of masculinity. [more]


Sex research - Leonore Tiefer considers the impact of Masters' mechanical research. [more] "Who needs sex therapy?" [more]


Human genome - Lionel Tiger reflects on the discovery of the "secular grail". [more] A conversation with James Watson from June, 2000 [more] and [audio]
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Schizophrenia - A gene variant contributing to the cause of catatonic schizophrenia in a large pedigree was discovered by scientists in Germany. [more], [more], [more] and [more]
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Emotion - Exposure to alcohol impairs the ability to perceive emotion. [more]
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Face recognition - Haydn Ellis and Michael Lewis discover insights into the way humans recognize faces. [more]
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Neuroscience - Jennifer Groh and colleagues explore seeing as a hearing aid. [more]


Sociology - Elaine Wethington finds the midlife crisis is less common than many believe. [more]
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Mate choice - What is it that attracts people to each other? [more]


Social anxiety and depression - Murray B. Stein reveals that social anxiety disorder in young people is a strong risk factor for later depression. [more]
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Gender differences - In depression, in a few limited areas [more], and in schizophrenia, mediated by differences in integrative network activity, reflected in a synchronous phase of high frequency (40 Hz) gamma activity. [more]


Psychiatry - Russell T. Joffe is encouraged by progress in the biology of psychiatry. [more] Leo Sher evaluates the significance of candidate gene studies. [more]


Palaeontology - Finite element analysis can be used to predict the behaviour of long extinct dinosaurs. [more]


Alcoholism - Detoxified alcoholics and those with a history of fetal alcohol exposure have significant deficits in affective prosodic comprehension, the ability to detect emotion/attitude in someone's voice. [more]


Stress - Counselling can achieve a reduction in work related stress in more than 50% of people, according to a systematic review published last week. [more] Liz Stuart reports on a condition that many are forced to endure and takes part in three different kinds of therapy to deal with it. [more]
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Suicide - A fifth of suicides among people with mental illness are preventable. [more]
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Sleep research - Neuroscientists probe possible connections between sleep and memory consolidation. [more]
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Dyslexia - The neurological basis for dyslexia is the same across French, English and Italian languages, but that the disorder manifests itself in different ways according to the regularity of the orthography. [more] Other reports: The Times, BioMedNet, Los Angeles Times. Larry Trask comments [more] and [more]


Behavioural toxicology - Bruce Lanphear has discovered that even low lead levels impair learning. [more] Neurotoxicants threaten childhood development. [more]


Depression - Brenda Penninx and six colleagues from medical institutions in The Netherlands found that cardiac deaths following depression increased whether or not participants already had heart disease. [more], [more] and [more] Harvard researchers have found that more than half those suffering from anxiety or depression choose alternative medicine. [more]


Alcoholism - Certain individuals have a high genetic risk for alcoholism because of a strong prevalence of alcoholism in their biological lineage. [more]


Psychosomatics - Andrew Steptoe and his colleagues find that just thinking about work can cause stress. [more] Stress, hostility and lack of social support may be dangerous to individuals infected with HIV. [more]


Evolution - A study of poisonous snakes boosts old Batesian principle of mimicry. [more] and [more]


Phobias - Kenneth S. Kendler and colleagues report on the genetic risk factors for irrational fears. [more]


Homosexuality - A report shows that more Americans are participating. [more]


Primatology - New research sheds light on how primates, including man, evolved the ability to see red and green. [more] Other reports:  Nature Science Update, CNN, Reuters


Neuroscience - Tracey J. Shors and Elizabeth Gould have found that newly generated neurons in the hippocampus area of animal brains help form new memories. [more] and [more]


Psychoanalysis - Freud may have been right: people can suppress memories. [more], [more], [more], [more] and [more] Howard D. Eisman detects "a simple function of  the learning curve". [more]


Brain and language - Li Hsieh,  Jack Gandour,  Donald Wong,  and Gary D. Hutchins have found that functional heterogeneity of a part of the brain called the inferior frontal gyrus is shaped by linguistic experience. [more]


Neuroscience - Electric currents can spark growth in embryonic nerve cells, raising hopes that the same might be true of adult neurons. [more]


Psychosomatics - Research by Wendy Troxel and colleagues suggests that married women who are dissatisfied with their relationships face a higher risk for heart disease. [more]


Sexual dysfunction - David W. Christianson and others have found that the enzyme arginase can effectively short-circuit a biochemical pathway critical to male sexual arousal. [more]
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Biological physics - Michael Harrison explains why monkeys don't hear as well as humans. [more] and [more]


Palaeoanthropology - Lynne Schepartz and co-workers have discovered an unusual collection of animal and human teeth dating back over 200,000 years deep inside a southern China cave. [more]
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Sociology - Jim van Os and colleagues find evidence that the neighbourhood a child grows up in may be more important than family income and education levels for influencing behaviour. [more]


Evolution - A survey of over 1000 bird species by Peter Dunn and colleagues confirms that "more promiscuous species display greater sexual differences in body mass, feather colour and patterns, and wing and tail length than monogamous species". [more]
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Sociology - Becky Francis finds that girls are adapting to the new world of work while boys are lagging behind. [more]


Genetics - Lev Yampolsky and Arlin Stoltzfus argue that that simple biases in mutation will change the evolutionary process. [more]


Evolutionary psychopathology - Martin Brüne examines social cognition and psychopathology in an evolutionary perspective. [more] and [more]


Cognitive science - Ron Sun and colleagues publish a series of papers on cognitive models of learning and consciousness. [more]
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Human nature - Caspar Hewitt is to chair a discussion between Christopher Badcock, Rita Carter, Kenan Malik, and Sue Scott on Evolution, Human Nature and Autonomy, 22nd March. [more]


Cognitive science - Tom Simpson announces a new issue of the journal on issues in philosophy and cognitive science Connexions. [more]


Human genome - Cracking the Genome: Inside the Race to Unlock Human DNA by Kevin Davies [more]
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Complexity theory - Ehsan Masood talks to Stuart Kauffman, one of a pioneering generation of complexity theorists who struggled to define life in terms of advanced mathematics. [more]
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Suicide - L. D. Hankoff reviews a valuable contribution to suicidology. [more]
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Mental health - Aleksandar Dimitrijevic considers a well-documented but theoretically shallow approach to the public perception of mental illness in Otto F. Wahl's Media Madness: Public Images of Mental Illness. [more]

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Cognitive science - Valerie Gray Hardcastle find much of Michael Gazzaniga's The Mind's Past "to be old hat". [more]
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Child abuse - Ann S. Botash discovers a single reference source covering "the relatively uncharted territory of treatment of the initial and later consequences of abuse" [more]
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Genetics - Readers of The Times respond to last week's research by Dennis Drayna and colleagues. [more]


Comparative neuroscience - John McCrone on the evolution of the human brain. [more] and [more] Aaron Sloman comments in detail. [more]


Evolutionary psychology - Andrew Ferguson discusses the uses and abuse of Darwinism. [more]


Autism - Oliver Sacks on the development of a richly-gifted human being. [more]


Psychiatry - Correspondents of the New York Times discuss the pros and cons of Sally Satel's work on the impact of political correctness on medicine. [more]


Evolutionary psychopathology - Keith Harris discusses the extension of evolutionary psychology into pathology and treatment. [more]


Cognitive science - Keith Sutherland evaluates The Mind Doesn't Work That Way: The Scope and Limits of Computational Psychology by Jerry Fodor. [more] Irwin Silverman reflects on the title of Fodor's lecture. [more] Paul Gross predicts a creationist ploy. [more]
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Primatology - John Gribbin finds in The Ape and the Sushi Master "a clear voice of reason, free from any crude polemic, explaining to the interested lay person more clearly than any other book the sound science that lies in the middle of the sometimes shrill debate about the origins of human nature". [more] An interview with Frans de Waal. [more]
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Palaeoanthropology - Edward J. Larson reviews The Man Who Found the Missing Link: Eugene Dubois and His Lifelong Quest to Prove Darwin Right by Pat Shipman. [more]
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Sleep - John McCrone explores the mystery of sleep. [more]

McCrone is author of Going Inside: A Tour Around a Single Moment of Consciousness
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Consciousness - The fifth meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness will be held from May 27 through 30, 2001. [more] David Chalmers, John Searle and colleagues ask "What is Consciousness?" [more] and [video]


Autism - Derek Bickerton reads a sensitive account of an encounter with an alien mind. [more]
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Animal intelligence - James Gorman looks at our obsession with ranking species according to intelligence. [more]
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Anthropology - How long does it take tribal and modern cultures to provide for basic needs? [more], [more], [more], [more] and yet [more]


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - Simon R. Wilkinson finds that Ritalin Nation "fails to present a balanced... model of what is a complicated condition". [more] Stanley Greenspan uses a metronome in therapy. [more] U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher says problems caused by ADHD can be prevented if the disease is properly diagnosed. [audio]

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Eating disorders - Mark Berelowitz evaluates Helping People with Eating Disorders: A Clinical Guide to Assessment and Treatment by Robert L. Palmer. [more]


History of science - Esben Sloth Andersen of Aalborg University examines Darwin's view of Paley. [more]


Genetics - Jonathan A. Epstein reviews Abraham Lincoln's DNA and Other Adventures in Genetics by Philip R. Reilly [more]


Emotions and disease - The National Library of Medicine presents an online version of its recent exhibition. [more]
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The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions by Esther M. Sternberg M.D
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Creation vs. evolution - Jim Dawson reviews a "poorly reasoned case against evolution". [more] The readers of Salon respond to Larry Arnhart's critique. [more] John Wilson responds in Christianity Today. [more] Listen to a discussion from the Science Friday archives. [more] and [audio] The Yale conference Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe of November 14, 2000. [more]


Human Behaviour and Evolution Society - The deadline looms for the submission of abstracts for this year's annual meeting in London, June 14-17. [more]


Anthropophagy - David Sexton ponders the "Hannibal Lecter in all of us". [more]

Minds, Brains, Computers the Foundations of Cognitive Science: An Historical Introduction by Robert M. Harnish 
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Environmental Effects on Cognitive Abilities by Robert J. Sternberg (Editor), Elena L. Grigorenko (Editor) 
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Cosmic Evolution: The Rise of Complexity in Nature by Eric J. Chaisson 
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Laughter: A Scientific Investigation by Robert R. Provine 
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Science and Poetry by Mary Midgley 
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The Extended Organism: The Physiology of Animal-Built Structures by J. Scott Turner 
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The Century of the Gene
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Meritocracy and Economic Inequality by Kenneth Joseph Arrow (Editor), Samuel Bowles (Editor), Steven N. Durlauf (Editor) 
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Human Natures: Genes, Cultures, & the Human Prospect by Paul R. Ehrlich
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Science and Selection: Essays on Biological Evolution and the Philosophy of Science by David L. Hull 
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Human Nature After Darwin: A Philosophical Introduction by Janet Radcliffe Richards
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Human Paleobiology (Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology, 26) by Robert B. Eckhardt 
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The Evolutionary Emergence of Language: Social Function and the Origins of Linguistic Form by Michael Studdert-Kennedy (Editor), James R. Hurford (Editor), Chris Knight 
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Karl Popper--The Formative Years, 1902-1945: Politics and Philosophy in Interwar Vienna by Malachi Haim Hacohen 
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Engineering the Human Germline: An Exploration of the Science and Ethics of Altering the Genes We Pass to Our Children by Gregory Stock (Editor), John Campbell 
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Brain Evolution and Cognition by Gerhard Roth (Editor), Mario F. Wullimann 
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Truth About Dogs: An Inquiry into the Ancestry, Social Proclivities, Mental Habits, and Moral Fiber of Canis Familiaris by Stephen Budiansky 
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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - "Vast amounts of time and funds are being wasted defending the reality of ADHD and its appropriate treatments". [more] The Guardian claims that adult ADHD is a recent discovery. [more] Eugene Arnold demonstrates otherwise. [more]


Science and religion - Biochemist - theologian Arthur Peacocke unites Darwin and divinity. [more]  Are science and religion in conflict? [more]


Homosexuality - No longer a disorder in China. [more]


History of science - The Sackler Archive is a biographical database of Fellows of the Royal Society from its inception in 1660 to the present day (excluding the current Fellowship) and includes some 8,000 figures from the history of science. [more]


Human genome - Steven Rose urges caution in the interpretation of recent findings. [more] Closer to Truth looks at whether gene therapy will change the human race. [more] and [video].


Evolutionary psychology - Robert Wright uses Temptation Island to illustrate myths about the subject. [more]


Parapsychology - Gary Schwartz claims that mediums studied in his research project seemed to possess an uncanny ability to state facts about the deceased relatives of complete strangers. [more] Nancy Melucci remains unconvinced. [more] Closer to Truth investigates parapsychology. [more] and [video]. A third of Americans believe we can receive messages from the dead. [more]
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Genetics - Bionews looks at this week's news in assisted reproduction and human genetics. [more]


Darwinism - Richard Dawkins discusses the selfish gene theory. [more]
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Psychiatry - Sally Satel relentlessly questions psychiatric dogma in a campaign for individual accountability, but colleagues find her "lacking in compassion". [more]
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Demography - The US census challenges the notion that there are discrete bio-cultural groups of human beings. [more]


Evolutionary biology - Shorter people may be genetically primed live longer, says Armand Leroi. [more]


Electronic lectures - 'Academic excellence online' - courtesy of Boxmind, lectures by Richard Dawkins, Steven Pinker, Daniel Dennett, John Searle and others [more]. Stories about the new venture appear in The Sunday Times and The Guardian.


Economics - Money can bring happiness, if you have a lot of it. [more]


Human genome - Asians and women are more likely to find research unethical. [more]

Neuroscience - Writing for Neuroscion Magdalena Bak comments on the control of synapse number by glia. [more]


Alcoholism - Fraternity and sorority membership during college does not predict post-college drinking levels. [more] and [more]


Pheromones - Karen Wheeler outlines some of the recent findings from the US and Japan. [more]


Empathy and health - Zelda Di Blasi reports in The Lancet "that doctors who showed empathy and acknowledged their patients' fears and anxieties were more effective than doctors who kept patients at an emotional arm's length". [more] and [more]


Stress - A study of macaque monkeys suggests that stress can lead to reduced estrogen levels, which in turn can lead to hardened arteries and stroke. [more] and [more]
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Psychological anthropology - Robert W. Schrauf attributes the tendency of bilingual immigrants to recall childhood events better and in more detail in their mother tongue than in their adopted language to state-dependent recall. [more]
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Language acquisition -  Alan Kersten and Julie Earles report that adults find it easier to learn a second language "in bite-sized chunks" rather than through complete immersion [more]
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Psychology - A. J. Vingerhoets explains the misery of "leisure sickness". [more] However, Robert Friedman has shown that idleness is associated with dementia. [more]
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Memory - Eric Kandel and colleagues report studies of a "memory-enhancing switch" [more] and [more]. BioMedNet reports. [more]. The press release from HHMI. [more] The Boston Globe reports. [more]
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Musical pitch perception - Dennis Drayna and colleagues publish research implying that the ability to tell the wrong notes in a familiar tune is inherited. [more] and [more] and [more] BioMedNet reports on the ensuing controversy. [more] Other reports: The Telegraph, Associated Press, Reuters, Biomed Central.


Violence and aggression - Matthew Stanford and Ernest Barratt find a biological basis for the "short fuse". [more] L. Eugene Arnold wonders why "scientists keep re-inventing the wheel". [more]
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Neuroscience - Marc Tessier-Lavigne and William C. Skarnes unveil a technique that "enables scientists to identify new genes and to determine which genes are responsible for defects in brain wiring that are observed during development". [more] [more], and [more]
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Primatology - Leah Domb and Mark Pagel look at a costly display of how fertile a female is. [more]. Other reports: ABC News, MSNBC, Yahoo, Nature Science Update. The paper appears in Nature. [more] V. S. Ramachandran explains the phenomenon through the peak shift effect. [more]
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Neurobiology of stress - Edward Marriott reviews Robert Sapolsky's A Primate's Memoir: Love Death and Baboons in East Africa. [more]
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Genetics - Herbert Gintis argues that "Phenotypes develop according to their relative fitness, and they have effect on the world; these effects are referred to as "genotypes." [more]
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Cultural studies - Laura Shapiro reviews Marilyn Yalom's "cultural study of wifedom". [more]


Evolutionary psychology - Hilary Rose examines a book on rape which "would have been better left unwritten" [more].  Sophia Collins concurs. [more]
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Evolutionary psychology - Thoroughly undermined by Alas, poor Darwin? [more]
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Anthropophagy - Simon Ings wonders whether you could ever make a meal of your neighbour. [more]


Creation vs. evolution - Larry Arnhart:  "Instead of fighting a dishonest battle for a theory that has little empirical support, American conservatives should welcome the Darwinian idea of morality as rooted in our biology". [more]

Arnhart is author of Darwinian Natural Right: The Biological Ethics of Human Nature.
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Evolutionary psychopathology - Daniel Nettle announces the publication of Strong Imagination: Madness, Creativity and Human Nature. [more]

Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century by Jonathan Glover 
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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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Sociology - The Dutch explain why they have so few teenage pregnancies. [more]
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Genetics - Are you "quantifiably normal"? [more]


Education - Can music enhance a child's skills in mathematics, foreign languages and scientific problem solving? [more]
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Archaeology - A Belgian expedition has discovered the oldest rock art in the Nile valley. [more]


Consciousness - Some have interpreted studies of near-death experiences as evidence for the soul. [more] Closer to Truth investigates. [more] and [video] BBC News Online investigated the subject in October 2000 [more] and [audio]
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Human genome - Christine Kenneally, writing in Feed, argues that "some of the most important questions coalesce around the surprise over the gene number itself". [more] Arthur Caplan finds "case studies in how fundamentally values infuse science" [more]


Epidemiology - Canadian scientists claim to have found a link between influenza epidemics and solar activity. [more]


Primatology - A new tool for studying social impulsivity in primates promises to help uncover why some animals--human or otherwise--fail to look before they leap. [more]
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Psychiatry - Do psychiatrists ignore mental disorders suffered by children? [more]


Primatology - Alison Jolly asks whether the human species that come after us will wonder what it was like to live in a world where the chimpanzee, bonobo, gorilla, orangutan, human, could evolve. [more]
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Psychiatry - Martin
Teicher and colleagues report four types of brain damage caused by psychological abuse. [more]
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Homosexuality - The theory that ring finger size is destiny has resurfaced. [more] BBC News Online interviewed Marc Breedlove on the subject in March, 2000. [more] and [audio]


Genetics - Do the results of the human genome project hint at an imminent paradigm shift? [more]


Psychology - Brain-imaging and molecular genetic methods allow insight into the confusion of sense impressions known as synesthesia. [more]


Parapsychology - John McCrone quizzes Robert Morris on the reality of the paranormal. [more]


Genetics and economics - Could cloning and genetic engineering change the distribution of characteristics in the population? [more] In Slate David Plotz continues his foray into the curious world of eugenics. [more]


Archaeology - Evidence of Iron Age cannibalism has been unearthed in the UK. [more], [more] and [more]
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Artificial intelligence - An Israeli company claims to have produced a computer program with the linguistic skills of a fifteen-month-old child. [more] New Scientist reports. [more] The Times reports. [more] The Guardian reports. [more]


Evolutionary psychology - According to Robert Wright evolutionary psychologists "try to predict behavior only in an aggregate statistical sense, mindful that there will always be exceptions". [more]

Longevity - Leonard P. Guarente and Heidi A. Tissenbaum believe that their work on the silenced information regulator (SIR2) gene has consequences for human longevity. [more] Closer to Truth asks "Can you really extend your life?" [more] and [video] John R. Wilmoth argues that the number of centenarians will double every ten years. [more]
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Autism - Loring Dales and colleagues find no link between MMR Immunization and autism in a study published in JAMA. [more]


Eating disorders - Girls can internalize negative body images even as pre-adolescents. [more]


Sex differences in throwing - Neil V. Watson confirms "that high-performance throwing involves unique adaptations in the domains of spatial targeting, precision timing, and multi-joint motor control". [more]
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Human intelligence - Ian J. Deary discusses our failure to understand the nature of intelligence differences. [more]
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Infidelity - Bryan D. Neff examines the problems central to an understanding of mating systems and sexual selection. [more]


Evolution of social behaviour - Bernard J. Crespi on the complex social behaviour of microorganisms. [more]


Primatology - Michael Tomasello, Brian Hare, and Tara Fogleman investigate the ontogeny of gaze. [more]
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Animal behaviour - Sara J. Shettleworth summarizes her views on animal cognition. [more]
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Evolutionary biology - Female cockroaches prefer males at the bottom of the social pecking order. [more]
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Abiogenesis - Koji Tamura and Paul Schimmel provide insights into how simple the earliest protein-building machinery could have been. [more]
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Psychology - Most people are fooled by liars, but not some police officers. [more]


Psychoneuroimmunology - Using the mind to fight HIV. [more] Irwin Silverman expresses doubts. [more]
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Early puberty - A group of medical researchers claims that pre-teen puberty is a myth. [more] and [more]


Neuroscience - Lauren Stewart and Vincent Walsh highlight a case study of a patient who lost the ability to read music, but not text, and without experiencing any other musical deficit [more]


Sociology - Robert Putnam reports a study showing that social capital is a stronger predictor of happiness and quality of life than financial status. [more] and [more]
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Sexual dimorphism in noise perception - Mary W. Meagher and Jamie Rhudy have found that women are more sensitive to noise than men, and that they show an increased tolerance to pain in response. [more]


Neurobiology of attention - Jan de Fockert and colleagues explore the relationship between attention and short-term memory. [more]


Psychology - Can prevalent positive illusions about success in marriage be quantified? Blaine Fowers and colleagues think so. [more]
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Psychology -  Nicholas Epley has found that people consistently tended to overestimate their own generosity, but are quite accurate when predicting the generous behavior of others. [more]


Neuroscience and psychoanalysis - Philip Wong and Howard Shevrin have uncovered neurobiological evidence for the human unconscious state. [more]
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Palaeoanthropology - In  Science, paleoanthropologist Stanley Ambrose challenges conventional wisdom about Paleolithic technology and hammers out a set of new hypotheses about our evolutionary odyssey. [more] and [more]


Mate selection - Manfred Milinski and Claus Wedekind find evidence for the hypothesis that "perfumes are selected "for self" to amplify in some way body odors that reveal a person's immunogenetics". [more] Nature Science Update reports. [more]
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Psychology - Douglas Kenrick "samples some of the reasons why evolutionary psychologists, dynamical systems theorists, and traditional cognitive scientists need one another". [more]


Evolution of morality - Marc Bekoff believes that "animals often have social expectations when they engage in various sorts of social encounters the violation of which constitutes being treated unfairly because of a lapse in social etiquette". [more]
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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - Treating sleep disorder in adults can resolve the symptoms of ADHD. [more]


Neuroscience and psychiatry - "Speed" has been found to have more neurotoxic effects than heroin, cocaine, or alcohol. [more]. The paper appears in the American Journal of Psychiatry. [more] and [more]. The New York Times reports [more]
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Evolution - Per Erik Ahlberg and colleagues announce an advance in our understanding of the origin of vertebrates from the discovery of a fossil fish in China. [more] and [more]  


Archaeology - The National Geographic looks at the relationship between climate change and the collapse of civilizations. [more]

 
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