1. Sex, Murder, and The Meaning of LifeExploring the simple selfish biases that make us caring, creative, and complex.

2. The Caveman Goes To Hollywood: Cinema Through a Darwinian Lens 

(By David Lundberg Kenrick & Douglas T. Kenrick)


Some of the popular posts are listed below, with links:


Deep Rationality: 

Evolutionary psychology meets behavioral economics. Radical changes are in store when Charles Darwin and Daniel Kahneman are properly introduced to one another. On the evolutionary view, what seems irrational at the surface level may be, on closer examination, deeply rational.

Going Green to Be Seen

What can you do if you want to engage in conspicuous consumption right alongside Cameron Diaz and Leonardo DiCaprio? 3 clever experiments by Vlad Griskevicius and colleagues suggeststatus goals motivate conspicuous displays of environmentalism, and inspire people to go green.  Violating a basic principle of economics, however, status motivation inspires environmentalism only when it costs more to do the right thing!

Avatar 3D: The origin of a new cinematic species

Avatar 3D is like mind candy -- doing for cinema what Ben and Jerry did for ice cream. Besides successfully transporting the viewer to a new world, the movie taps the key evolutionary themes of classic Hollywood movies: Getting the Girl, Getting Along, Getting Ahead, and Getting the Bad Guys. (Coauthored by David Lundberg Kenrick)

Young Girls and Seductive Older Men 

Relationships between older men and younger women, men’s proclivities toward seduction, infidelity, and the occasional betrayal of trust in romantic relationships.  These are facets of human nature that evolutionary psychologists have explored too deeply for some tastes, but that traditional social scientists largely misunderstood for most of the 20th century. An Education provides a refreshing, and educating, perspective on these topics, and includes a few surprises.  Coauthored by David Lundberg Kenrick

 

 

The Mind as a Coloring Book 2

In Tiwi society, all the young men marry older widows. Because all human females undergo menopause, the Tiwi arrangement poses an interesting puzzle: How do the Tiwi reproduce themselves? Several features of Tiwi society help us resolve the puzzle. When we put the pieces together, it helps us see why cultural diversity does not equal support for the Blank Slate view.

 

 

Religious Piety as a Mating Strategy

A pair of experiments now in press suggests that looking at attractive and available people may inspire us to profess more belief in God, and to accord religion a more central place in our lives.  The findings suggest that religiosity can be a flexible strategy that responds functionally to the current mating environment