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Gene ExpressionBy Razib KhanJun 21, 2010 4:51 PM

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I won the 3 Quarks Daily Science Prize. ‘Top quark’. Heh. "I" = Ed Yong. 'nuf said. Brown-eyed men perceived to be more dominant. Dienekes offers up a more banal explanation, that the disjunction between blue vs. brown-eyed males in dominance perception has to do with a correlation that's a holdover from past population differences which are being eliminated through admixture. Plausible enough to me, excepting that I do wonder at models which presume that continental populations were ever so isolated. Chimpanzees murder for land. In biology Malthus was right. Intrapspecific competition is the norm quite often because of reproduction up to the carrying capacity. This is why I think Brian Ferguson's idea that war is a product of agriculture is highly naive; hunter-gatherers were up at their carrying capacity as well. Bernie Madoff, Free at Last. Celebrity sociopath. If it's OK to reject blood from gay men, what about blacks? Will Saletan takes things to their logical conclusion to undermine the premise.

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