Green Beards, Altruism and Kinship – Halfway through Behave by Robert Sapolsky

Kin selection is the theory that we behave more altruistic towards people who share our genes—-given we believe in the darwinian paradigm that the overarching aim for an organism is to further its genes, of course. Or as John Haldane humorously concluded while working on the mathematics of kin selection: “I would lay down myContinue reading “Green Beards, Altruism and Kinship – Halfway through Behave by Robert Sapolsky”

Thoughts on: “The Third Chimpanzee” by Jared Diamond

There is a 1.2 percent difference in DNA between humans and chimpanzees. But what is it that makes humans able to fly into space and create weapons so powerful that they can annihilate the earth as a whole? When did we separate into our own species and what triggered our evolutionary leap forward to becomeContinue reading “Thoughts on: “The Third Chimpanzee” by Jared Diamond”