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Inequality & institutions

Tom Rees, Income inequality drives church attendance: …we find that attendance rates are particularly high in countries with more socioeconomic inequalities and fewer social welfare expenditure. This effect equally applies to both poor and rich people, which is in line with the idea that because of economic mobility and the possibility of unemployment in the…

Mothers & Others

At Cognition & Culture, a review of Sarah Blaffer Hrdry’s new book, Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding. I really liked her previous work, Mother Nature, so I’m definitely going to check this out. Sarah Blaffer Hrdy was a prominent source in Ullica Segerstrale’s Defenders of the Truth: The Sociobiology Debate.

Or at least that’s the joke. Interesting post from Tom Rees which illustrates the utility of cross-cultural tests of general theories-of-religion. Rees notes: One of the leading theories of why religion is so popular goes by the ominous name of ‘Terror Management Theory’. Put simply, this is the idea that people turn to religion to…

Via Dienekes, Differential parental investment in families with both adopted and genetic children: Stepchildren are abused, neglected and murdered at higher rates than those who live with two genetically related parents. Daly and Wilson used kin selection theory to explain this finding and labeled the phenomenon “discriminative parental solicitude.” I examined discriminative parental solicitude in…