Secularism and Its Discontents : The New Yorker
Lots of nice moments… ‘Once a tendency has been put in place by nature, he writes, it is not essential that each and every expression of it serve survival and reproduction.”… As he says, The evolutionary reasons for altruistic behavior are not necessarily the animals reasons.’
The Proper Study Of Mankind: To cooperate or free-ride: picking the right pond
(describing experimental methods for studying punishment and cooperation behaviours)
If It Feels Good to Be Good, It Might Be Only Natural – washingtonpost.com
unsurprising findings, and the “issues” and “controversy” are pretty half-baked. but still neat.
In Ducks, War of the Sexes Plays Out in the Evolution of Genitalia – New York Times
in ducks, the males seem to do an equivalent of menstruating: they grow and lose phalluses.