Signalling arbitrage

When you see a person of your chosen sex leading an old lady across the road, they seem more attractive.

Why?

Because they are kind and therefore will be kind to you (and your offspring)?

Nah, no guarantee of that.

It’s because they have the extra resources to be so nice – and you could always do with some resources.

It’s the social equivalent of a Porsche, so it’s sexy – and funnily enough tryhards don’t bother mimicking it cause they don’t get the appeal.

Moral of the story: I am slowly turning into a pick up artist be nice to old ladies.

2018 data: Across countries, the happiest ones are the least religious — reblogged from Why Evolution Is True

Not what one might call science, but I know a lot of my readers will like this…

The other day I showed some data from the World Happiness Index, and guessed that, as in 2016, the 2018 data would show a significant negative correlation between the religiosity of a country and its happiness index: that the more religious the country, on average the less happy its inhabitants. Now two readers have plotted the 2018 […]

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