Links this week:

  1. Paul Frijters on race and IQ (also read the comments). And if you want some perspective on the epigenetic undertone to that post, Kevin Mitchell’s piece from the beginning of the year is worth a read.

  2. An article that got plenty of press - how heritable is IQ for people of low SESThe Wall Street Journal comments. There is an excellent discussion of the paper in the comments (including from one of the paper’s authors) over at Information Processing.

  3. Peter Turchin and friends have a new paper out in PNAS on the transition from small-scale societies to today’s massive, complex and largely anonymous societies. Turchin blogs on the paper (and provides a Q&A).

  4. If you are overwhelmed by the book offerings during peak-PaleoTM, Daniel Lieberman’s forthcoming book, The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease is probably a good one to put towards the top of your reading pile. The Guardian asks him a couple of questions.