Fight the power: oppose governmental suppression of scientific literacy

By Agustínfuentes / July 11, 2017 / 0 Comments

When we hear about governments that censor science and literacy, we’re likely to presume said governments are totalitarian dictatorships or fundamentalist regimes. But such governmental censorship also occurs in countries with democratic processes like, say, the U.S. (D’oh!), which is beginning to look a lot like Turkey. Think that sounds far-fetched? Think again. The Turkish…

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Science Strikes Back: The Power Of Data In The Face Of “Alternative Facts”

By Agustínfuentes / February 8, 2017 / 0 Comments

The new president and his cabinet are taking great strides to avoid discussions that include data and analyses from scientists worldwide. It is almost as if they fear data (and science). Why? Probably because copious amounts of scientific data contradict many of their key assertions. Data are the facts and statistics, the qualitative and qualitative…

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Is It Too Late to Get Along?

By Agustínfuentes / January 11, 2017 / 0 Comments

Can we bridge the gap between Americans? If you randomly select 5 Americans and give them the statements (or tweets) of a certain conspicuous politician and ask them “is this truthful?” chances are you will get at least 2, if not 5, different responses. Why do some people believe what is an obvious lie to…

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How to Detect Fake News

By Agustínfuentes / November 29, 2016 / 0 Comments

Our brains are powerful lie detectors, let’s use them. Knowledge matters now, maybe more than ever. We all have the capacity to see through lies, and protect ourselves from misinformation, but those capacities must be honed, exercised and fortified on a daily basis. The Internet abounds with fake news and misrepresentations. Here are some suggestions…

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The Origin of Human Lethal Violence

By Agustínfuentes / September 29, 2016 / 0 Comments

Are humans the most violent animal? I am all for attempting to use evolutionary models to help understand how we humans fit in the world and if they can help us better understand why we are the way we are. However, there seem to be a lot of recent attempts to provide simple answers for really, really…

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Aggression and Violence Are Possible, Not Inevitable

By Agustínfuentes / September 14, 2016 / 0 Comments

Humans are not “bad to the bone” Humans can be amazingly violent and cruel. A quick look at the daily headlines, and the world of politics, makes that abundantly clear. But we are more often caring and compassionate. It’s easy to overlook this latter aspect in our contemporary world. Every now and then we should stop…

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We’re All a Bit Racist

By Agustínfuentes / July 18, 2016 / 0 Comments

Implicit bias makes a just society difficult to achieve The Harvard implicit bias test demonstrates that most Americans, regardless of their age, gender, educational background, economic level, and religion, are biased against Black Americans and in favor of White Americans (see here and here). This means that the way people subconsciously perceive reality is biased against millions of Americans. It…

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Is Title IX Anti-Evolutionary?

By Agustínfuentes / May 10, 2016 / 0 Comments

Do we know the evolutionary limitations on gender equality in sports? A recent article entitled “Sex Differences in Sports Interest and Motivation: An Evolutionary Perspective” argues that men and women have evolved different motivations for sports. The authors suggest that these evolved differences have 2 important implications.  1) Boys and girls are naturally drawn to different kinds…

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Sex Is Not a Responsibility

By Agustínfuentes / February 29, 2016 / 0 Comments

If there is no joy, should there be sex? There are two types of ads for sexual dysfunction. For males (here, here and here) the images are of horses running, a man driving a truck pulling a trailer, or men with women in bathtubs, playing sports, having drinks, walking on the beach or boating on the ocean, sails at…

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Religion Matters

By Agustínfuentes / February 1, 2016 / 0 Comments

For better and worse religiousness is integral to the human experience Humans take religion seriously. -Today, an Islamic offshoot fundamentalist group calling themselves the Islamic State is battling with scores of nations in the border regions between Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. -A leading presidential candidate in the USA demands we ban Muslims from entering the…

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