A Scattering of Curious Findings

Difficulty in Labour

From an evolutionary perspective, human pregnancy is quite strange, says University at Buffalo biologist Vincent Lynch.

“For example, we don’t know why human women go into labor,” Lynch says. “Human pregnancy tends to last longer than pregnancy in other mammals if you adjust for factors like body size. The actual process of labor tends to last longer than in other animals. And human pregnancy and labor are also much more dangerous.”

Human Pregnancy Is Weird. A New Study Adds To The Mystery, April 22, 2020

Consequences, consequences.

I suppose that some evolutionary justification can be dreamed up, to justify making it harder to give birth and survive the experience.

That’s the good side of using untestable fiction to describe reality. There’s always another story, and the can never be disproved… yet still wear the Sacred White Smock, so long as Darwin is invoked.

The Biblical view makes more sense, and has a LOT more historical evidence to support it.

Babies Have Minds… and Convictions

Behavioral inhibition in infancy associated with introversion and internalizing psychopathology in adulthood.

Researchers investigating how temperament shapes adult life-course outcomes have found that behavioral inhibition in infancy predicts a reserved, introverted personality at age 26. For those individuals who show sensitivity to making errors in adolescence, the findings indicated a higher risk for internalizing disorders (such as anxiety and depression) in adulthood. The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, provides robust evidence of the impact of infant temperament on adult outcomes.

“While many studies link early childhood behavior to risk for psychopathology, the findings in our study are unique,” said Daniel Pine, M.D., a study author and chief of the NIMH Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience. “This is because our study assessed temperament very early in life, linking it with outcomes occurring more than 20 years later through individual differences in neural processes.”

Infant Temperament Predicts Personality More Than 20 Years Later, April 21, 2020

I still believe that the mind of a child is largely shaped by age 3: but I am willing to accept the possibility that much of a child’s mind and spirit is set even before birth.

Scientific Cant

The outbreak of COVID-19 would likely have caused 40 million deaths this year in the absence of any preventative measures.

This is one of the findings of a new analysis by researchers at Imperial College London, which estimated the potential scale of the coronavirus pandemic across the globe, highlighting that failure to mitigate the impact could lead to huge loss of life.

Coronavirus Pandemic Could Have Caused 40 Million Deaths If Left Unchecked, Sunday, March 29, 2020

Behold, the Power of Science

…the science of politically useful lies.

A sharp betting man could put good money that 40 million will die, indirectly or directly, by the coming depression (and even the social isolation!), and have a decent possibility of cashing out nicely.

“Just like last time.”

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