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18 April 2010

Self Discovery: The Scientific Version

(Non)Religion as a Mating Strategy:
William F. Buckley was a Catholic and a staunch Conservative, and though many educated people found his attitudes annoying, he was clearly a brilliantly intelligent fellow. Statistically speaking, though, it’s a lot easier to find someone like Richard Dawkins or E.O. Wilson – brilliant folks who espouse ideas atheistic or liberal. Satoshi Kanazawa, who seems to enjoy stirring things up, has posted a couple of blog entries on this topic, complete with graphs suggesting that people who say they are “not at all religious” have about 6 IQ points on those who say they are “very religious,” and that those who are “very liberal” have an average of about 12 IQ points over those who are “very conservative.”
So, read the article. Basically, I'm liberal and non religious because I am biologically governed to be have sex. Lax morality causes sex without being married and procreating, but avoidance of procreation causes my lax morality. This really causes a conundrum about which came first. And, evidently, evolution believes that morality is governed by early procreation. Hmm.

Why I'm justified to hate cilantro:
If the flavor doesn’t fit a familiar food experience, and instead fits into a pattern that involves chemical cleaning agents and dirt, or crawly insects, then the brain highlights the mismatch and the potential threat to our safety. We react strongly and throw the offending ingredient on the floor where it belongs.
On the floor, where it belongs. Fully agreed, and pig-headed enough to not re-train my tastes to accept it as food.