Via Jerry Coyne: a delightful paper arguing that depression is an evolutionary adaptation. I was so enamored of the argument that I applied it to another medicalised and unfairly demonised condition: heart disease. Heart disease seems to pose an evolutionary paradox. Research in the US and other Western countries estimates that between 30 to 50 [...]
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PZD: Screw you, I’m going to keep writing my books my way. MOONEY: Well, if you insist. But if you keep writing books attacking creationism, you’re not going to get creationists to read them. PZD: How many hardcore Republicans read “The Republican War on Science”? MOONEY: Shut up. CHRIS MOONEY: Hey guys, I’ve written this [...]
I’ve defended Charles Darwin’s metaphorical Tree of Life previously; now I shall celebrate his vision by showing how it developed over time and why it is still relevant today. Darwin’s first inkling (1837) Charles Darwin had been back less than a year from his tour on the HMS Beagle and he had been thinking furiously [...]
In the never-ending circus of lies, misattributions, and ethical lapses surrounding the current so-called Culture War, especially as it relates to evolutionary science versus religious fundamentalism, biological anthropologist Pat Shipman has contributed yet another outright lie to the debate.