A week of links

Links this week:

  1. An excellent review of Paleofantasy (which is still on my reading pile and likely to stay there for at least a few more weeks).
  2. Ross Douthat in the New York Times on the marriage premium, and Bryan Caplan’s thoughts. When the debate popped up a year ago, I wrote this piece.
  3. A few months ago, Andrew Gelman wrote a blog post on Ashraf and Galor’s paper on genetic diversity and economic development (the comments are worth reading). Gelman has extended that post for publication in Chance.
  4. The Society for the Evolutionary Analysis in Law (SEAL) has a few interesting speakers lined up for their annual conference next week.

4 comments

  1. Well, as you see from the trackback, I really enjoyed Zuk’s book. I found the Hawks blog-review (have not read his nature review) closer to my own reaction than the Ev Psych review, which doesn’t necessarily mean much as I’m the less experienced person. But, I found it a nice layout about what we know (well in part) of human evolution, and how to think about fitness in all its messiness (rather than as a heurisic for correct living). I don’t think she is throwing out the mis-match hypothesis as much as modifying how to think about it.

    1. I’m just hoping that Zuk spends less time beating a straw man in the book than she has in her feature articles and promotional materials. If she had to go trawling for comments under a New York Times blog post to find someone on the other side of the debate, I’m not sure the “fantasy” she is pulling apart is very widely held. Still, it sounds like the book might have some interesting material.

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