Wael Taji Miller

biology – behavior – biotech


About me and what I do

Hi - my name is Wael. I'm a Beijing-based predoctoral student working in behavioral economics and neuroscience. This lets me research cool things like the behavioral ecology of the sexual marketplace, or social and individual intelligence.

I also write stuff which you may have seen featured by Quillette, Genetic Literacy Project, International Business Times, Arab Millennial, or by a number of other news sites and think tanks. Some of my think pieces and reports have been translated and republished, which is great since I love languages - I can manage in up to five (though I'm told my Japanese has a persistent Persian accent).

You can scroll down to get in touch or learn more about what I do. If you've got a cool project and you want to reach out, you can email me at waeltajimiller@gmail.com.


Stuff I like to read and write about - and occasionally even work on

  • Cognitive Anthropology
    • Non-biological belief-predicated kinship groups; their evolutionary templates
    • Social grouphood & cognition; enabling group identity
    • Cultural evolution and devolution
  • Neuroscience
    • Declarative memory and meaningful experiences
    • Neuropharmacology; nootropics, n=1 autoexperimentation
    • Cognitive ability and individual differences
  • Behavioral Economics
    • Bounded rationality and behavior
    • Prosociality and dyssociality
    • Behavioral externalities and collective outcomes
  • Cliodynamics
    • Cultural cyclicity
    • Inadequate equilibria
    • ‘Asabiyyah
  • Evolutionary Biology
    • Gene-culture coevolution
    • Life history theory
    • Behavioral ecology

Q1 – how does inequality in the domains of cognitive ability and reproductive outcome affect the life cycle and stability of social ecologies?

Q2 – how do cultural and religious systems evolve patterns of behavior to alleviate the effects of these inequalities?

Q3 – how might answers to these problems be used to build models that explain human history – and predict future trajectories for social systems today?