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    Weapons Make the Man (Larger). Public Library of Science PLoS ONE

    Weapons Make the Man (Larger): Formidability Is Represented as Size and Strength in Humans
    http://www.plosone.org/article/info%...l.pone.0032751
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    In order to determine how to act in situations of potential agonistic conflict, individuals must assess multiple features of a prospective foe that contribute to the foe's resource-holding potential, or formidability.

    Across diverse species, physical size and strength are key determinants of formidability, and the same is often true for humans. However, in many species, formidability is also influenced by other factors, such as sex, coalitional size, and, in humans, access to weaponry. Decision-making involving assessments of multiple features is enhanced by the use of a single summary variable that encapsulates the contributions of these features. Given both a) the phylogenetic antiquity of the importance of size and strength as determinants of formidability, and b) redundant experiences during development that underscore the contributions of size and strength to formidability, we hypothesize that size and strength constitute the conceptual dimensions of a representation used to summarize multiple diverse determinants of a prospective foe's formidability.

    Here, we test this hypothesis in humans by examining the effects of a potential foe's access to weaponry on estimations of that individual's size and strength. We demonstrate that knowing that an individual possesses a gun or a large kitchen knife leads observers to conceptualize him as taller, and generally larger and more muscular, than individuals who possess only tools or similarly mundane objects. We also document that such patterns are not explicable in terms of any actual correlation between gun ownership and physical size, nor can they be explained in terms of cultural schemas or other background knowledge linking particular objects to individuals of particular size and strength.

    These findings pave the way for a fuller understanding of the evolution of the cognitive systems whereby humans and likely many other social vertebrates navigate social hierarchies.
    http://www.plosone.org/article/fetch...esentation=PDF 9 pages 1.21 MB
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    Hopefully they do a study on color of skin; that would be interesting.

    They had some good sized samples, which is good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beretta92FSLady View Post
    Hopefully they do a study on color of skin; that would be interesting.

    They had some good sized samples, which is good.
    That would be taboo.
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    I was thinking about the title of this thread, and how it may have been better entitled: Weapons Make Individuals More Formidable.

    Although, now that I read the title of the thread again, it seems there may be something being implied.
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    [QUOTE=Herr Heckler Koch;1736357]Weapons...

    Posting links with nothing substantial from the poster is not acceptable on our forums, HHK.

    As one who agrees with you on most things, I'm hoping you pony up with some more personable content.

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