Notebook Entries June 2003

Notebook entry, June 26, 2003

I am still busy working behind the web site cutting this, and pasting that. I also am still working on a major essay -- well, I think by the pace and detail of the work, I think I could call it the start of book two. I have no doubts that the piece I am working on would be part of any such effort. It is on the beta males -- the group of radical militants that one normally would associate with who goes off and fights wars -- both for noble or evil causes.

On another matter, a friend of Jim Brody, of HBES fame and my connection with his photography at the 2002 conference has suggested to a one, Ms. Griet Vandermassen, to submit her paper for publication that she presented at the 2003 HBES conference. I accepted and found the paper much to my liking as it forms around the core of evolution and feminism. You may read her paper by clicking on the link: Evaluating Some Feminist Accounts of Gender

Notebook entry, June 20, 2003

I received a really nice email yesterday: Here it is from: "Snyder, John D." <jdsnyder@exchange.iwr.msu.edu>

I was perusing evolutionary psychology links on the net and encountered
your piece.

thank you for stating eloquently and intelligently what is abundantly
obvious to men and women who don't have to think all that intently to know
and understand certain things about who we are and what is right. as a
father of three daughters and a de facto step dad of another, i am
passionately committed to behavior and rules that sanction love and support
in our human community, nothing more and nothing less. to violate a child's
trust is criminal behavior of the first degree, and any defense of such
reprehensible behavior needs to be exposed for the obscenity and wrongness
that it is. my grammar is suffering here but i hope i have conveyed my
strong positive gut reaction to your work.

thanks again for your insights and articulate narrative on this subject. J.
D. Snyder

Those who are curious can read the pedophile essay here: Evolutionary Psychology and the Pedophile

Notebook entry, June 16 2003

A small, yet very important article has appeared in Time magazine, June 23, 2003 issue, p. 56 "The 160,000 year old man" by Michael D. Lemonick and Adrea Dorfman. Another fossil in the great puzzle that is our ancestral past has been found in the fertile (in terms of fossils) Great Rift Valley in northeastern Africa. Headed by Tim White of the University of California, Berkely and reported in Nature the research team has dug up the long-sought fossil remains of what could be the first true Homo sapiens. Dated at around 160,000 to 154,000 years ago the find also seems to answer two of paleontology's peskiest questions. The team has given the name to this fossil find as Homo sapiens idaltu (Idaltu means elder in the Afar language) and the discovery lays to rest the dispute about the Neanderthals interbreeding with the new arrivals. . To quote White: "It's now clear that there were anatomically modern humans in Africa long before there were classic Neanderthals in Europe." Another controversy that seems to be settled is the multiregional theory. This theory argues that the far-flung Homo erectus communities and their descendants could have interbreed that Homo sapiens appear everywhere at once. Genetic analysis has always refuted this argument, and this find helps to bury the theory.


What is significant with this find is that it answers the argument once and for all about what is

Notebook entry, June 11, 2003

The new Newsweek , June 16, 2003 cover story looks interesting this week: "Men's Minds's, Men's Bodies." I have not read the whole piece yet, but it does touch a bit on innate predispositions. It did not seem to mention evolutionary psychology, but did dwell on male allan ices, competitive natures and the desire to compete. Scientists mentioned were David Buss, Frans de Waal, and Richard Wrangham. I only scanned a few pages on the mind, and did not read any of the Body part of the article, but overall, a good introduction into male human behavior for those new to the subject.