Evolving Economics is a blog by Jason Collins of his thoughts on economics, evolution and those areas in between.
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Philip Ball has an article in the December issue of Prospect (ungated on his blog) arguing that consideration of the genetic basis to social problems is a distraction from socioeconomic causes. The strawman punchline for the Prospect article is “It’s delusional to believe that everything can be explained by genetics”. The article has drawn a […]
In my review of E.O. Wilson’s The Social Conquest of Earth, I quoted this passage which captures Wilson’s conception of the origin of cooperation in humans. Selection at the individual level tends to create competitiveness and selfish behaviour among group members – in status, mating, and the securing of resources. In opposition, selection between groups tends […]
The re-eruption of the war of words between E.O. Wilson and Richard Dawkins has occurred just as I have come around to reading Wilson’s 2012 book The Social Conquest of Earth. In an interview on BBC2 (watch it at the bottom of this post), Wilson stated: There is no dispute between me and Richard Dawkins and […]
Links this week: W. Brian Arthur on economic complexity. A great article on humans as imitators. Higher latitudes have colder weather which leads to larger people which causes lower population and higher investment in children which triggers economic growth. An epidemic of over-diagnosis. Financial price data are converted into music, the music is played to […]
In the Pacific Standard, David Dunning of the Dunning-Kruger effect writes: A whole battery of studies conducted by myself and others have confirmed that people who don’t know much about a given set of cognitive, technical, or social skills tend to grossly overestimate their prowess and performance, whether it’s grammar, emotional intelligence, logical reasoning, firearm […]
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