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Ebola and the Elites

October 24, 2014 by


Dr. Craig Spencer of New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center went to Guinea in September to help combat the Ebola epidemic. He returned to New York City on Oct. 17. He rode on the subway, went bowling, and basically led normal life until his temperature went up to 100.3⁰F. It turns out that he was infected […]

Cooperation: this time, between Man and Woman

October 20, 2014 by


As I wrote in a previous blog, the first five weeks of this semester I spent away in Europe. During the first part of the trip I ran five Seshat workshops in Oxford, and then I went to Toulouse. What makes Toulouse and Oxford similar is that they are both homes to some of the […]

The History Manifesto against ‘Short-Termism’

October 14, 2014 by

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David Armitage and Jo Guldi, two historians at Harvard and Brown, respectively, wrote an interesting article for the Aeon Magazine, Bonfire of the Humanities. Incidentally, Aeon is shaping up very nicely as a reliable source for thoughtful (and not dumbed-down) articles on a spectrum of interesting topics. Full disclosure: I published two articles in it […]

Five Seshat Workshops

October 9, 2014 by


Over the last five weeks I have been away from home, and I find that when I am traveling, it’s difficult to get in the mood for blog-writing. The whole point of blogging for me is that it should be relatively effortless. I typically write blogs in the evenings, and almost never during the workday. […]

The New Guinea Puzzle

September 1, 2014 by


On several occasions, when I presented the results of our model and data analysis that support the idea that the primary engine of the evolution of large-scale states is warfare, people objected by saying that there are lots of places on earth where warfare is very intense, but no states formed. One of the most […]

Counterproductive Way of War

August 28, 2014 by


Over the last two years I’ve written a number of blogs exploring the role of warfare in cultural group selection (you can see these blogs collected under the heading Ways of War in Popular Blogs and Series). Today I’d like to return to the question, What makes war productive as an engine of cultural evolution? […]

Reflections on the Evolution Institute Board Meeting (Just Concluded)

August 24, 2014 by


I am at the Newark Airport returning home from a two-day board meeting of the Evolution Institute (EI), the think tank that I helped to create that formulates public policy from an evolutionary perspective. The members of the board are widely dispersed so we do most of our business by email, phone, and Skype. This […]


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