Christopher X J. Jensen
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

Peter Turchin on the “Dark Side of Cultural Evolution”

Posted 18 May 2012 / 0

Social Evolution Forum Peter Turchin “The Dark Side of Cultural Evolution” I love the evolutionary nuance unravelled in this post: both the idea of “staged traits” and the strong assertion that traits are produced by networks of genes are critical subtleties often ignored by evolutionary hypotheses. I am a bit skeptical, however, about the assumption Read More

A Minor Post, Adaptation, Cultural Evolution, Mismatch theory

Social Evolution Forum takes on role of social networking in human cooperation

Posted 18 May 2012 / 0

Social Evolution Forum Robin I.M. Dunbar “Networking Past and Present” Social Evolution Forum Nicholas Baumard “The Evolution of Cooperation: from Networks to Institutions” Social Evolution Forum Herbert Gintis “Commentary on Dunbar and Baumard” Some interesting stuff here: We may no longer live in fission-fusion tribes, but we still move around a lot socially (changing family partnerships, looking Read More

A Minor Post, Cooperation, Gene-Culture Coevolution, Punishment, Social Networks

{Canis lupus familiaris + Homo sapiens} versus Homo neanderthalenthis?

Posted 17 May 2012 / 0

Daily Mail “Did dogs help humans conquer the world? Man’s best friend may be the reason why we flourished over the Neanderthals” The Atlantic “Humanity’s Best Friend: How Dogs May Have Helped Humans Beat the Neanderthals“

A Minor Post, Animal Domestication, Articles, Canids, Homo species, Human Evolution

Is the origin of all life the gyre?

Posted 16 May 2012 / 0

Life “Theory of the Origin, Evolution, and Nature of Life” Over 100 pages and exactly 800 citations later, I am still not sure.

A Minor Post, Articles, Evolution

S.E. Gould takes on sloppy use of the selfish gene metaphor

Posted 16 May 2012 / 0

Scientific American Blogs “On selfish genes and human behaviour“

A Minor Post, Evolution, Genetics, Natural Selection, Web

UCS “Cooler Smarter” footprint calculator promotes lower carbon behaviors

Posted 15 May 2012 / 0

Union of Concerned Scientists Cooler Smarter This is a much more simple footprint calculator than the ones I use in my classes, but it might be useful for people who want a quick snapshot of the carbon impacts of their behavioral choices.

A Minor Post, Activism, Ecological Footprinting, Sustainable Energy, Web

The Union of Concerned Scientists illuminates Monsanto’s role in maintaining unsustainable agricultural practices

Posted 15 May 2012 / 0

Union of Concerned Scientists “Eight Ways Monsanto Fails at Sustainable Agriculture“

A Minor Post, Activism, Sustainable Agriculture

Paulinella chromatophora’s photosynthetic engine blurs the line between endosymbiont and organelle

Posted 15 May 2012 / 0

BMC Biology “Evolving a photosynthetic organelle” What I find fascinating about this particular protist is that it suggests that the endosymbiotic acquisition of chloroplasts may not have been a singular event, and protists may continue to incorporate new bacteria, creating potential for novel evolutionary change.

A Minor Post, Articles, Mutualism

Alife XIII conference explores the simulation of artificial life

Posted 14 May 2012 / 0

Alife 13th Annual Conference

A Minor Post, Conferences, Evolutionary Modeling

EcoHealth sponsors art competition

Posted 14 May 2012 / 0

EcoHealth 2012 Conference Art Competition

A Minor Post, Conferences, Science in Art & Design