Ooh, your rippling frontal lobe and fat wallet – do smarts and success select for sex?

11 08 2007

August 2, 2007

Evolutionary psychology

GEOFFREY MILLER is a man with a theory that, if true, will change the way people think about themselves. His idea is that the human brain is the anthropoid equivalent of the peacock’s tail. In other words, it is an organ designed to attract the opposite sex.

. . . Dr Miller, who works at the University of New Mexico, thinks that mental processes which are uniquely human, such as language and the ability to make complicated artefacts, evolved originally for sexual display. . .


Our Raging Drive to Be Number One

11 08 2007

WaPo columnist Harold Meyerson argues that [Barry] Bond’s “tragedy” is living on the brink of a Faustian time.

“The engineering of bodies, whether through drugs or genetics, is well underway, bringing in its train the potential for healthier lives and for ethical dilemmas we can scarcely imagine. Do we really think that 50 years hence, athletes’ bodies won’t be altered by methods that make today’s steroids look primitive?

. . .Bonds’s sins — the questionable use of science, the raging drive to be No. 1 — are, we should remember, distinctly sins of our time.”