Rice Theory: Why Eastern Cultures Are More Cooperative – “Since the 1990s, psychologists have known that people in East Asia think differently, on average, than do those in the U.S. and Europe. Easterners indeed tend to be more cooperative and intuitive, while Westerners lean toward individualism and analytical thinking. Now psychologists have evidence that our ancestors planted these cultural differences hundreds of years ago when they chose which grains to sow.”
Rwanda leads the way when it comes to women MPs – ” The genocide of 1994 apparently opened the way for a dose of equal opportunity. A just published survey by the Inter-Parliamentary Union shows that in Rwanda nearly 64% of MPs are female.
Short poppies: The height of World War I servicemen – “The height of today’s populations cannot explain which factors matter for long-run trends in health and height. This column highlights the correlates of height in the past using a sample of British army soldiers from World War I. While the socioeconomic status of the household mattered, the local disease environment mattered even more. Better education and modest medical advances led to an improvement in average health, despite the war and depression.”