Everyday Evolution: News, Media, & More

Cliodynamics, Peter Turchin

State Collapse and Nation Building in Afghanistan

“There are many ironies in this situation, but personally for me the main one is that Ashraf Ghani started as an academic who studied state collapse and nation building. Back in 2008 I reviewed the book written by Ghani and Clare Lockhart (…) My review was not gentle.” Peter Turchin, head of EI’s Seshat project, provides his perspective on the latest events in Afghanistan in his recent blog post.

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Evolutionary Psychology, Peterson et al.

The Evolutionary Psychology of Fake News and Conspiracy Theories

“It is no coincidence that truth is often argued to be the first casualty of war. But this is not just because of the existence of propaganda ministries and demagogic politicians. Rather, it is a reflection of the structure of the evolved psychology of human conflict.”

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Science History, Adam Shapiro

When opponents decry critical race theory, they’re really fighting against change

Science historian Adam Shapiro reflects on how today’s debate over critical race theory in schools looks in light of the 1925 Scopes trials: “Darwinism, therefore, came as a Godsend to opponents of educational changes.”

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Science Communication, Allison Hopper

Denial of evolution is a form of white supremacy

“I want to unmask the lie that evolution denial is about religion and recognize that at its core, it is a form of white supremacy that perpetuates segregation and violence against Black bodies.” Check out this opinion piece from science communicator Allison Hopper.

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Economics, Lisi Krall

New Ecological Economics: Superorganism and Ultrasociality

“And so when I look at our present ecological crisis that’s how I see it. It’s a crisis of our own evolution.” An interview with economist Lisi Krall on Upstream Podcast, a radio documentary series that invites you to unlearn everything you thought you knew about economics.

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