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I'd like to understand the homophobia meme / anti-homosexuality morality. How did it arise? Is the "western homophobia" from the same origin as Muslim homophobia?

Memes about religion, morality, diets, etc have coevolved with our species, and are far from "random" (whatever that would mean): they follow definite patterns. For instance, dietary memes ensure that people eat together, and thus become friends, helping each others' genetic potential. (this arguments sounds weak, though)

Pinker's "The Mind Works" is a treasure-trove of such arguments, and a delightful read, even though he's wrong in the one or two places that I know something about. But I could dedicate my professional life to his reference page.
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does anybody know the name of the researcher who studies "cultural cognition", and who has written about that experiment, where you ask someone to describe a picture? Chinese people will describe the background first, whereas westerners will talk about the prominent fish in the picture.

There was also something about US Southerners being quick to anger (than US Northerners) because their Scottish ancestors were shepherds.

Richard Nisbett is the guy.
He wrote "Culture of Honor: the Psychology of Violence in the South."
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Doug Candland, one of the most interesting people I met at Bucknell, now has a website. He is the one who introduced me to the concept of meme.

He has finally finished the first draft of his new book Psychology of Mental Fossils: Toward an Archeo-psychology

It deals with the question:
Why do some ideas com up time and time again in human cultures? e.g. spiritual healing, phrenology?

This reminds me of Robin Hanson's review of Pascal Boyer's "Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought"

I might call such a topic "the anatomy of human quirkiness".


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