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Men are also the victims. Read this analysis of a recent paper in human population genetics: coincident with the rise of agriculture, there was a drastic bottleneck in the effective population size of men, but not women — the interpretation is that there was a massive concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a few men, who basically used that power to put all the reproductive rights in their hands, and the hands of their sons.
There is a nice infographic to explain the concept.
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A strange thing has happened: I’m getting all these debate requests now. You do one little debate (or two or three), and no one will let you forget it.
I am not a debater. Debating is a serious skill, and I’ve never been trained in it — all I’ve got is a pile of knowledge in my head and a snarky attitude, so I can disgorge heaps of information somewhat entertainingly. If that’s really what you want in your debate, OK…but I have to lay down some prerequisites.
Not really — it’s a buzzword and a scam. But at least it provoked this very good summary of color vision and color blindness in response to an absurd claim by a neuromarketer.
Anomalocaris has always been one of my favorite Cambrian animals — it was so weird, and it was also the top predator of the age, making it the equivalent of T. rex. The anomalocarids were also a diverse and successful group, so wouldn’t you know it…it also had a distant filter-feeding cousin in the Ordovician. This is Aegirocassis benmoulae.
I’ve now read two novel attempts to explain the existence of junk DNA. To a lot of people, the very idea of junk DNA is offensive: whatever process built us, whether divine fiat or the razor-sharp honing of natural selection, must be powerful, omnipotent or nearly so, and incapable of tolerating any noise or sloppiness, especially not to the degree seen in the eukaryotic genome. There is no room for error in design.
There’s also a strong whiff of human exceptionalism. Look at us, we’re pretty much perfect! Or at least, movie stars and super-models are the pinnacle of creation/evolution. How can you even look at Scarlett Johansson or George Clooney and suggest that they are built of monkey bits and lizard leftovers, or that their manufacture was in any way slapdash?
So there’s an amazing fringe literature out there reaching desperately to find some excuse to justify every scrap of DNA, and especially every bit of human DNA, as purposeful. It sometimes gets weird.