The evolution of human culture was about heterogenous responses to infectious disease….

Ethan Watters excellent long piece in Pacific Standard is here. The basic notion: our cultural mores result from different behavioral solutions to societal stress from infectious disease.  The author of this idea is University of New Mexico’s Randy Thornhill who is an evolutionary biologist. Thornhill has a new book coming out soon: The Parasite-stress Theory of Values and Sociality: Infectious Disease, History and Human Values Worldwide New York, NY: Springer. It looks like it’ll be a good read.

The new Coronavirus….

It’s London1_novel CoV 2012 and it’s made some people very sick. The NPR version of the story is here.

Money quote:

Both patients showed symptoms similar SARS. But thanks to fast and accurate gene sequencing, health officials quickly realized that this isn’t SARS or even a known coronavirus that causes colds. Rather it’s a totally new virus that needs to be handled with caution until more is known about it.