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I have begun an ambitious effort to inventory and assess the concepts I want my students to master. Check out my Conceptual Teaching Assessment Project!
Recent Major Posts
- Taking risks for the data
- Barash the gene accountant on that little economic driver called “reproduction”
- An amazing indictment of the academic publishing industry (in which most of us participate)
- For the next eight months, the future of my career is (mostly) out of my hands
- My review of “Origins of Altruism and Cooperation” is published in QRB
- US EPA’s EnviroAtlas project promises to give researchers, students new insights into the geography of ecosystem services
- Where to publish in ecology & evolution without funding for page charges
- My decision to make my course evaluations public
- How will I deliver conceptual understanding?
- Embarking on a grand experiment in conceptual teaching
Recent Minor Posts
- I will participate in a roundtable discussion on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
- New fossil finds provide unique insight into the variation found in “Man the Hunted”
- Writing and record-keeping as important tools in the evolution of large-scale human cooperation
- “Brainchildren” — another way to conceptualize our devotion to cultural fitness
- Are MOOCs and the arts incompatible?
- Does self organization of social networks foster cooperation in the face of cheating?
- New research suggests that chimpanzees understand that cooperation produces benefits
- Microbes may surf their way to successful cooperation
- Open Access publishing and “peer review” fail the test of a well-designed hoax
- What the move towards a more sustainable Pratt looks like…
Category Archives: Psychological Adaptation
I just checked out a lecture given by Martin Nowak at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that was recently posted on the MIT videos site. The video was recently posted on the MIT site, but it is not entirely clear … Continue reading
There’s a nice article in a recent edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education entitled “The Economics of Unhappiness“. In this article John Quiggan gives an overview of two recent books that focus on explaining our incessant need to increase … Continue reading
David P. Barash and Judith Eve Lipton are unafraid of explaining modern social behavior from an evolutionary perspective. As famous communicators of evolutionary psychology, they see in an understanding of biology the promise of explaining humanity. In their latest column … Continue reading
It is kind of amazing how much evolution has found its way into the news of late. National Public Radio usually has pretty good science coverage via Talk of the Nation Science Friday, but lately they have been providing some … Continue reading
I was recently taking the Amtrak down from Vermont to New York City when I noticed an interesting contrast, pointed out to me by a chatty fellow passenger. I generally favor trains over planes when it comes to travel: trains … Continue reading