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THREAD: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex Differences But Were Too PC To Ask...

"Everyone knows that men and women are different… except social scientists." –Unknown amazon.com/Ape-that-Under… #TheApeThatUnderstoodTheUniverse [1/16]
Before we get started, a caution: It's easy to misunderstand claims about sex differences. The screenshot below explains what scientists mean – and don't mean – when they say that, on average, men are more X than women (or vice versa). researchgate.net/publication/24…, p. 268. [2/16]
With that in mind, let's look at some well-established sex differences.

First, on average, men are more interested than women in casual sex and sexual variety labs.la.utexas.edu/buss/files/201… (which isn't to say "Men are promiscuous, women monogamous"; see quillette.com/2018/10/14/kee…) [3/16]
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THREAD: Sex Differences in Aggression

According to a recent New York Times piece, boys are more violent than girls – but their tendency to violence isn't innate. nytimes.com/2019/03/30/opi…

Certainly, socialization matters. But biology matters as well. Here's how we know... 1/10
First, "we spend a lot more time discouraging male aggression than female… Males, it seems, are more aggressive *despite* culture, not because of it." amazon.com/Ape-that-Under… #TheApeThatUnderstoodTheUniverse 2/10
"By clamping down on male aggression, culture may sometimes make the sex difference in aggression *smaller* than it would otherwise have been." amazon.com/Ape-that-Under… #TheApeThatUnderstoodTheUniverse 3/10
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THREAD: Sex Differences in Aggression

According to a recent New York Times article, boys are more violent than girls – but their tendency to violence isn't innate. nytimes.com/2019/03/30/opi…

Certainly, socialization matters. But biology matters as well. Here's how we know... 1/10
First, "we spend a lot more time discouraging male aggression than female… Males, it seems, are more aggressive *despite* culture, not because of it." amazon.com/Ape-that-Under… #TheApeThatUnderstoodTheUniverse 2/10
"By clamping down on male aggression, culture may make the sex difference in aggression *smaller* than it would otherwise have been." amazon.com/Ape-that-Under… #TheApeThatUnderstoodTheUniverse 3/10
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1. Keeping It Casual quillette.com/2018/10/14/kee… quillette.com/2018/10/14/kee… via @QuilletteM

"[R]ather than being a *product* of culture, the sex difference in attitudes to casual sex often emerges *in spite* of culture."
2. Where Does Jealousy Come From? sciencefocus.com/the-human-body… via @sciencefocus

"[A]ny trait that increased the chances that a man would end up investing in his own offspring, rather than the offspring of his good-looking next-door-neighbour, had a good chance of being selected."
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How Culture Makes Us Smarter | My new piece for Psychology Today psychologytoday.com/blog/the-natur… Excerpted, with changes, from my book The Ape That Understood the Universe amazon.com/Ape-that-Under… HT @CambUP_Psych @PsychToday @MattWRidley @DanielDennett
@CambUP_Psych @PsychToday @mattwridley @danieldennett "[B]y learning about science and getting a good education, we become as knowledgeable as a person who spent thousands, or hundreds of thousands, or even millions of years thinking and exploring the world." psychologytoday.com/blog/the-natur… #TheApeThatUnderstoodTheUniverse
@CambUP_Psych @PsychToday @mattwridley @danieldennett "As a result of cumulative culture, we have ideas in our heads that are orders of magnitude smarter than we are... Humans are chimpanzees reciting Shakespeare – dunces with the technology of geniuses." #TheApeThatUnderstoodTheUniverse amazon.com/Ape-that-Under…
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THREAD: Why Blood is Thicker than Water. My new piece for The Naked Scientists thenakedscientists.com/articles/scien… #EvolutionaryPsychology

Excerpted, with changes, from the book #TheApeThatUnderstoodTheUniverse amazon.com/dp/1108425046

HT @NakedScientists @CambUP_Psych @RiotComms [1/7]
"Wherever in the world we look, people's affinity for kin stands out like a sore thumb – or, more to the point, like an *opposable* thumb: a species-typical attribute with a clear adaptive rationale." #TheApeThatUnderstoodTheUniverse amazon.com/dp/1108425046 [2/7]
"Admittedly, the fact that a trait is universal doesn't necessarily mean it has an evolutionary origin; if it did, we'd have to conclude that drinking Coca Cola and using mobile phones are products of natural selection." thenakedscientists.com/articles/scien… amazon.com/dp/1108425046 [3/7]
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MINI-THREAD: Are humans a promiscuous species? Sperm competition in humans and other primates. amazon.com/Ape-that-Under…

"As a result, the mighty silverback gorilla, with his terrifying muscles and harem of subordinate females, has only tiny testicles." [1/3]
"What about us? Where do we fall in the testicular hierarchy?" amazon.com/Ape-that-Under… #TheApeThatUnderstoodTheUniverse [2/3]
"[A] fascinating implication of the new Darwinian vision of life..." #TheApeThatUnderstoodTheUniverse amazon.com/Ape-that-Under… [3/3]
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THREAD: Are hypotheses in evolutionary psychology unfalsifiable? amazon.com/Ape-that-Under… cc. @RobSica @PsychRabble

"First point: If you argue that evolutionary explanations are unfalsifiable, you can't also argue that they're false... the two claims contradict each other." [1/3]
"But is it actually the case that evolutionary explanations are unfalsifiable? This claim is itself falsifiable – and has been repeatedly, resoundingly falsified." amazon.com/Ape-that-Under… #TheApeThatUnderstoodTheUniverse HT @ProfDavidBuss [2/3]
"There's no magic-bullet study that can single-handedly establish that a given trait is an adaptation – or that it's not. The best we can ever do is to look at the preponderance of evidence and see which way it points." amazon.com/Ape-that-Under… [3/3]
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THREAD: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex Differences But Were Too PC To Ask...

"Everyone knows that men and women are different… except social scientists." –Unknown amazon.com/Ape-that-Under… #TheApeThatUnderstoodTheUniverse [1/16]
Before we get started, a caution: It's easy to misunderstand claims about sex differences. The screenshot below explains what scientists mean – and don't mean – when they say that, on average, men are more X than women (or vice versa). researchgate.net/publication/24…, p. 268. [2/16]
With that in mind, let's look at some well-established sex differences.

First, on average, men are more interested than women in casual sex and sexual variety labs.la.utexas.edu/buss/files/201… (which isn't to say "Men are promiscuous, women monogamous"; see quillette.com/2018/10/14/kee…) [3/16]
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