Source: K. Ramsland It’s been two decades since I published Piercing the Darkness, which covered my 2-year investigation of what was then called the vampire subculture. In response to news about a missing journalist named Susan Walsh, I went to vampire clubs, exhibits, restaurants, homes and parties in numerous states and countries to learn more about the people she'd been researching. Having been a fan of vampire fiction for decades, I was surprised to find that the vampire image had been embraced but also changed by role-players, vampire fans and those who called themselves Real Vampires (or vampyres or sanguines). To capture more changes, I interviewed a few practitioners three years later for The Science of Vampires, and they said that more vampires now identified as “psi vamps” (sucking energy, not blood) and tended toward pagan rituals. Then recently, “Derek Lestat” contacted me to ask for yet another update. I’m not writing books like that … [Read more...] about Vampires Evolving
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Researchers with an agenda based on "race realism" would have people believe that all the "socially desirable" characteristics that people can have are clustered together, and as a corollary all the unpleasant and antisocial traits cluster together too. More pointedly, the desirable traits are supposedly concentrated in certain racial groups (e.g. whites and Asians), whereas the undesirable ones are characteristic of other races (i.e. Blacks). According to a recently published paper by Donald Templer (2012) conscientiousness and intelligence apparently are positively correlated. Conscientiousness is a personality trait associated with self-discipline, hard work and achievement. The author states that: “The same conditions conducive to the evolution of greater intelligence would appear to be conducive to the evolution of greater conscientiousness.” The author also links the development of intelligence to the development of a general factor of … [Read more...] about Personality, Intelligence And “Race Realism”
Intelligence is easily one of the most controversial and divisive issues in scientific psychology. Add the issue of political ideology and the result is likely to stir up heated debate. Dr. Goal Saedi touched on the subject of how intelligence is related to political ideology recently and appears to have provoked quite a strong response. The subject is a complex one and not yet fully understood. Studies on the topic have produced some conflicting findings, but one theme that seems to emerge is that the cultural context influences the way that intelligence and political orientation are related to each other. Psychologists have often been unkind to conservatives - but is this justified? Source: Flickr A number of theories have been proposed about the nature of the relationship between political views and intelligence. Some scholars (for example Stankov, 2009) have argued that conservative political ideologies tend to be associated with lower intelligence on average. Conservatives … [Read more...] about Intelligence and Politics Have a Complex Relationship
My previous post on penis size manifestly struck a chord. And several comments indicated that I should tie up some loose ends, so to speak. So here I aim to clarify size relationships between the flaccid and erect penis, a proposal that the human penis is unusually thick so that it can remove semen of rival males, and an intriguing relationship between finger-length ratios and penis length. Penis extensibility One unexpected finding from studies of human penis size is that erect length is not significantly associated with flaccid length. Now this bald statement needs clarification. Clearly, simply plotting erect length against flaccid length yields a positive trend. But there is a covert statistical problem here that I first encountered in studies of the relationship between lifespan and age at first breeding. In 1985, Paul Harvey and Richard Zammuto addressed this topic using data from natural populations of mammals. They reported that “the age at which females first reproduce … [Read more...] about Expanding on Penis Size
Male versus female orgasms Although male and female orgasms share a common biological basis, important differences exist. Ejaculation in men is typically short-lived and followed by an unresponsive spell lasting up to several hours. In contrast, female orgasms generally last longer and the refractory period is brief or completely absent. Orgasms can occur in rapid succession, often with rising intensity; but their occurrence is highly variable. Reportedly, one in three women rarely or never experience orgasm during coitus. Occurrence is frequently irregular even in women who do have orgasms. Studies indicate that only one in 10 women consistently experiences coital orgasm. Orgasm is generally connected with stimulation of the penis in men and of its counterpart, the clitoris, in women. Female orgasm may also result when nipples or other erogenous zones are stimulated. Nipples become erect when stimulated and oxytocin is released. A 1970s comic book introducing the Facts of Life to … [Read more...] about Female Orgasms: Getting Off or Getting On?