Intelligent People More Likely to Exhibit ‘Unnatural’ Preferences and Values That are Evolutionarily Novel


Intelligent people have ‘unnatural’ preferences and values

More intelligent people are significantly more likely to exhibit social values and religious and political preferences that are novel to the human species in evolutionary history. Specifically, liberalism and atheism, and for men (but not women), preference for sexual exclusivity correlate with higher intelligence, a new study finds.


Secrets In A Seed: Clues Into The Evolution Of The First Flowers


Nymphaea lotus.

Approximately 120-130 million years ago, one of the most significant events in the history of the Earth occurred: the first flowering plants, or angiosperms, arose. In the late 1800s, Darwin referred to their development as an “abominable mystery.” To this day, scientists are still challenged by this “mystery” of how angiosperms originated, rapidly diversified, and rose to dominance.

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Happy Hour In The Malaysian Rain Forest

Happy Hour In The Malaysian Rain Forest 

 Pen-tailed Tree Shrew of the Malaysian Rain Forest

German scientists have discovered that seven species of small mammals in the rain forests of western Malaysia drink fermented palm nectar on a regular basis. For several of the species, including the pen-tailed tree shrew, the nectar, which can have an alcohol content approaching that of beer, is the major food source – meaning they are chronic drinkers.

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