The Extreme Warrior gene: a reality check

Scientia Salon

Monoamine_oxidase_A_2BXSby Alondra Oubré

MAOA — Genetic culprit for violence?

Theories about inborn race-based aggression, violence, and criminality are back in the news [1]. In the ongoing search for genes underlying social behavior, none has sparked more curiosity, if not controversy, than the gene that codes for monoamine oxidase A — MAOA [2, 3, 4]. Nicknamed the “warrior gene,” a variant of the MAOA drew international attention nearly a decade ago when geneticist Rod Lea reported that it was more common in Maori — the indigenous Polynesians of New Zealand — than in whites [2]. According to one journalist, Lea suggested this gene might be the source of poor health and increased rates of violent crime in Maori [5]. The media frenzy over “bad genes causing bad behavior” didn’t stop there. A rare, seemingly even more detrimental version — the “extreme warrior gene” — has since stirred debate because it occurs…

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Can I use outlook smilies on my own website?

Question on @Quora: Can I use outlook smilies on my own website?

So is there a license or something that allows you to use the smilies you can insert in e-mails that you write on

Or were did they get it from? Is there a great site with many modern smilies packages?

Or can I just copy and give credit to outlook when using their smilie packages?

Or is it a copyright breach to use those smilies on a website of my own?

Can I use outlook smilies on my own website?

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,400 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 40 trips to carry that many people.

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Why did China survive for over 2000 years while the Roman empire did not?

Why did China survive for over 2000 years while the Roman empire did not?

What kind of women are friends only with men?

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Danny Macaskill: The Ridge


One of the most stupid Youtube replies I got so far

this is my last comment here. and do you know why? not coz i am chickening out. but i was talking to this american friend (atheist) about the comments i get online and how i try to reply. he kinda opened my eyes. a guy who is sitting on the computer the whole time and getting his “facts” from online is one of the greatest douchebags one can find.

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