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1. Razib Khan points to a German study which found that cuckoldry rates hovered around 1% of all births. This counters the common claim that 10% of births are the result of cuckoldry.
2. A peek into what Pax Dickinson does as chief technology officer at Business Insider. This guy is one of my favorite twitter personalities. Given Pax’s libertarianism/anti-liberalism, I sometimes picture him as Seinfeld character Eddie Sherman, the fatigue-wearing ex-soldier-turned-copywriter whose gruff exterior is out of whack with the swanky and well-heeled Peterman catalogue for which he works.
3. Rod Dreher’s quick blurb on an atheist church in England. How long until it turns into a pub? Like Christians, atheists need inducements in order to gather together. And both would ultimately rely on social pressure to maintain the size of the herd. Alcohol and entertainment is its own end. But what does an atheist church offer besides immediate entertainment and satisfaction? This all redefines what church means. I’m not a believer myself, but I also have no anxiety about people who believe in something bigger gathering together to do just that. If I gather together with others and imbibe entertainment or engage in fellowship, this is only for my own immediate satisfaction. Calling it something other than that is just pointless.
4. Walter Russell Mead on one way in which state pensions and the blue model are dimming the future of the younger generations.
5. Jason Collins on the heritability of fertility and family size. Satoshi Kanazawa believes this makes no evolutionary sense. Heritability always has some explanatory power, but it seems that the starting point here must be the cultural influence that growing up in a large (or small) family has on the desire to perpetuate that pattern.
6. Matt Forney is hustling. The post is within the context of Mike’s advice to me. The suggestions and the examples aren’t bad, but it is solely for people (bloggers/writers) who want to use an internet platform to make money first and foremost.