Sorry for the ongoing radio silence, folks. Your friendly neighborhood blogger has come down with a vicious case of the flu. I plan to get right back up on the horse once the fever tremors have died down. In the meantime, here are a few interesting links:

*Mind Hacks highlights a special edition of ABC radio’s Science Show, exploring “Social Intelligence Hypothesis“–the theory that human brain growth was spurred by “the need to work in groups and make sense of complex relationships.”

*Clive Thompson over at Collision Detection discusses a recent piece in the New Scientist detailing findings, which suggest the month of your birth may affect your mental health. Does this mean it’s time to take a second look at the Zodiac?

*The Frontal Cortex links to a Pew Research poll giving us a breakdown of what comes first for people: god or country. America is — unsurprisingly — split right down the middle.