Robert King

Robert King

Robert King is a Professor of Applied Psychology at University College Cork. His blog, Hive Mind, is hosted by Psychology Today.

Naturally Selective: Female Orgasm and Female Sexual Selection

Naturally Selective: Female Orgasm and Female Sexual Selection

Every second of every day, across the face of planet Earth, there are 18,000 ejaculations of sperm, and 4.4 births. The stark reality that sperm (and the men who produce it) are biologically cheap, in comparison to eggs (and the women who bear them) is arithmetically inescapable. It

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Robert King
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Reviving "Essentialism" and Other Scientific Straw Men

Reviving "Essentialism" and Other Scientific Straw Men

Cordelia Fine’s latest attempt at human exceptionalism and biology denial Testosterone Rex has drawn rave reviews from (almost) everyone, from the popular press to Nature. Happy to go against this grain, I would like to suggest that these much-circulated rumours of the death of human nature have been somewhat

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Robert King
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Art and Culture
Alice in Blunder Land

Alice in Blunder Land

A review of Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science by Alice Dreger. New York, NY: Penguin (2015), 352 pages. “Begin at the beginning,’ the King said, very gravely, ‘and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”¹ Alice Dreger is a

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Robert King
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Science