How Prestige Ru[i]ns Our World, Part 6

This is Part 6 of a series on prestige competition and its broader contemporary effects. For other parts, click below. Part 1: From Agonistic Behavior to Dominance Hierarchy: An Evolutionary Parable Part 2: From Dominance Hierarchy to Prestige Hierarchy Part 3: From Hierarchy to Egalitarianism to Hierarchy Again Part 4: The Prestige Complex Part 5: Dr. … Continue reading…

How Prestige Ru[i]ns Our World, Part 5

This is Part 5 of a series on prestige competition and its broader contemporary effects. For other parts, click below. Part 1: From Agonistic Behavior to Dominance Hierarchy: An Evolutionary Parable Part 2: From Dominance Hierarchy to Prestige Hierarchy Part 3: From Hierarchy to Egalitarianism to Hierarchy Again Part 4: The Prestige Complex Part 6: Taking Stock and Looking … Continue reading…

How Prestige Ru[i]ns Our World, Part 4

This is Part 4 of a series on prestige competition and its broader contemporary effects. For other parts, click below. Part 1: From Agonistic Behavior to Dominance Hierarchy: An Evolutionary Parable Part 2: From Dominance Hierarchy to Prestige Hierarchy Part 3: From Hierarchy to Egalitarianism to Hierarchy Again Part 5: Dr. Praiselove or: How I Learned to Start … Continue reading…

How Prestige Ru[i]ns Our World, Part 3

This is Part 3 of a series on prestige competition and its broader contemporary effects. For other parts, click below. Part 1: From Agonistic Behavior to Dominance Hierarchy: An Evolutionary Parable Part 2: From Dominance Hierarchy to Prestige Hierarchy Part 4: The Prestige Complex Part 5: Dr. Praiselove or: How I Learned to Start Worrying and Loathe … Continue reading…

How Prestige Ru[i]ns Our World, Part 2

This is Part 2 of a series on prestige competition and its broader contemporary effects. For other parts, click below. Part 1: From Agonistic Behavior to Dominance Hierarchy: An Evolutionary Parable Part 3: From Hierarchy to Egalitarianism to Hierarchy Again Part 4: The Prestige Complex Part 5: Dr. Praiselove or: How I Learned to Start Worrying … Continue reading…

How Prestige Ru[i]ns Our World, Part 1

I want to try something a little different. I’ve written a long piece on social comparison and radicalization in the age of the Internet, one of my central concerns at the moment and the primary reason for resurrecting this blog after several years of inactivity. Instead of dumping the whole thing in one post and … Continue reading…

On (some of) Tuvel’s Defense of Transracialism

The professional philosophical community has been in a bit of an uproar lately following the publication in Hypatia of Rebecca Tuvel’s provocative “In Defense of Transracialism” (paywalled content, but the abstract is available). Daily Nous has a not-exactly-unopinionated write-up of the controversy here. I’ll avoid comment on the kerfuffle for now, but I do want … Continue reading…

On Moral Buck-Passing

I want to discuss an issue that’s been looming increasingly large for me as of late. It presents, I think, an incredibly thorny problem, and I’d like to workshop some possible solutions or constructive approaches. I’ll be looking at the issue here through the lens of consequentialism. Other moral theories undoubtedly have unique takes on … Continue reading…

The Architecture of Rage

So…a thing happened. Again. A pretty bad thing, by most objective measures, and more bad things are undoubtedly waiting in the wings. We need to talk about it. And we need to do a better job of talking about it than we’ve been doing. In the years since my matriculation in evolutionary psychology, I’ve grown … Continue reading…