Lesley Newson

Lesley Newson studies the cultural evolutionary process known as “modernization” which most human populations are now experiencing. She also works at being the mother of one child and the grandmother of two. Her first degree was in biology. After that she worked for over 20 years as a science writer and television producer before getting a PhD in psychology. She is now the honorary post-doc and wife of Peter Richerson at University of California, Davis

Recent Posts

December 21, 2016 in Biology, Politics

Darwin Applied to Trump: Can Evolutionary Theory Help Us Understand the Appeal of Donald Trump?

A Darwinian approach suggests that people who, by choice or accident, do not live in urban areas and did not attend college, are likely to be more conservative.
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July 22, 2015 in Culture

What Small Scale Societies Tell Us About Our Own Child-Bearing Decisions

There is no shortage of information on how we reproduce. Sexual behaviour, pregnancy and child-rearing are all hot topics in all our media. But the coverage is almost always about…
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July 12, 2015 in Culture

Why do Modern People have so few Children?

If you’re reading this article, you probably believe that Darwinian theory can shed light on human behaviour. And you probably think that this article is going to be an account…
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