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Personality And Evolution - The Shy Guy Doesn't Get The Girl
2013-10-23 04:18:10

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you’ve ever learned how we all possess different personality types, then chances are you are also familiar with the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality assessment. The MBTI aims to help individuals understand their specific personality type so they can employ what they learn to help them make the best of their careers, relationships and daily lives in general. But what if your personality type was directly responsible...

2012-03-28 17:40:56

As part of an isolated indigenous group in central Bolivia, Tsimane men spend much of their time hunting, foraging, fishing, and clearing land by hand to grow crops. Their ability to maintain the physical activity required to survive each day might imply they have higher than average male testosterone levels. Anthropologists at UC Santa Barbara and the University of Washington have found, however, that the baseline testosterone level of Tsimane men is 33 percent lower than that of men...

2012-03-28 13:30:21

It's a rough life for the Tsimane, an isolated indigenous group in Bolivia. They make a living by hunting and foraging in forests, fishing in streams and clearing land by hand to grow crops. Their rugged lifestyle might imply that Tsimane men have elevated testosterone to maintain the physical activity required to survive each day. But new research shows that Tsimane ("chi-MAH-nay") men have a third less baseline testosterone compared with men living in the United States, where life is...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'