Samstag, 13. Dezember 2014

Internet-Pornography:

There is a lot discussion if pornography addiction is a real addiction or a pseudo-addiction. But there are more interesting questions: (A) does internet-pornography have any influence on the mating patterns of Western societies? ... and if it does: (B) how strong is that influence?

Speculation about the effects of pornography consumption: (o) a weakening of the urge for romantic attachment + a stregthening of the urge for sexual pleasure;  (o) a weakening of long-term mating strategies + a strengthening of short-term mating strategies / promiscuous tendencies; etc.

[Mating patterns are of great interest, because from a biological point of view the future of societies is primarily determined by their mating patterns.]

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-> Mangan's: Marriage rate declining due to pornPornography;

Dienstag, 9. Dezember 2014

Primate Mating Patterns:











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A phylogenetic scheme of Simiiformes at the genus level. The various colors correspond to the predominant social mating system.


Source:
Sexual selection and the evolution of behavior, morphology, neuroanatomy and genes in humans and other primates
Roscoe Stanyon & Francesca Bigoni 

Montag, 8. Dezember 2014

>Reason must approach nature with the view, indeed, of receiving information from it, not, however, in the character of a pupil, who listens to all that his master chooses to tell him, but in that of a judge, who compels the witnesses to reply to those questions which he himself thinks fit to propose.<
Immanuel Kant

Montag, 1. Dezember 2014

Countries with more than one scientific Nobel Prize per million people


Countries with more than one scientific Nobel Prize per million people | via Brilliant Maps

(Scientific Nobel Prizes: Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Economics;)

Invention versus Discovery:


"Scientific truth is universal, because it is only discovered by the human brain and not made by it, as art is."
Konrad Lorenz


"Invention is quite different from discovery. When we say that someone discovered a thing, we mean that it already existed beforehand: it was just not well-known - for example, America before Columbus. But when someone invents a thing - gunpowder, for example - that thing was not known at all before the artist who made it."
Immanuel Kant